Judie Oron is a tapestry weaver, journalist, lecturer and author of the multi award-winning novel, Cry of the Giraffe, based on the true story of her Ethiopian Jewish daughter’s years in slavery (also available in Hebrew, titled, Bechi HaGiraffa). Judie was born in Montreal, moved to Israel in 1967 and returned to Canada in 2004. Her articles have appeared, among others, in The Jerusalem Post, Lifestyles Magazine, The Canadian Jewish News, The Jerusalem Report and Weekly Press Pakistan.
- Artist's Bio
Judie studied Anthropology at McGill University and African Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She worked as a feature writer at The Jerusalem Post, including a four-year stint as a weekly columnist. From 1984 – 86, Judie acted as Director of The Jerusalem Post’s three charitable Funds. After the exposure of the secret airlifts of Ethiopian Jews from Sudan to Israel (Operation Moses), Judie opened a fourth Fund, Operation Homecoming, for the immigrants, who were arriving in the country with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Judie left The Jerusalem Post to organize and direct a group of concerned professionals that assisted Ethiopian Jews to find their way to Israel.
Judie’s long association with the community involved: lengthy visits to Ethiopia; extensive work with the community in Israel, including the organization and overseeing of Project Wellness – a mobile ophthalmology unit for Ethiopians affected by eye diseases; assisting in fundraising and coordinating the building of a Beta Israel synagogue in the city of Lod; and participation on the Ethiopian Jewish Education Committee in Lod.
Judie took into her family and raised two Ethiopian Jewish sisters, one of whom, Lewteh, she came across in Addis Ababa. When she discovered that Lewteh’s sister Wuditu was captive in Ethiopia, she went to that war-torn country to find her and release her from slavery.