Friday, May 27, 2011

Event Wrap-Up: Operation Solomon 20th Anniversary

On Tuesday, May 24th, author Judie Oron (Cry of the Giraffe) hosted an event at Kensington Place Retirement Residence to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the secret airlift of Ethiopian Jews to Israel, known as Operation Solomon.

The event attracted a crowd of grandparents and their children and grandchildren; 120 celebrants shared food, a film of the Operation and a lively talk about some of the refugees who arrived on that airlift in May, 1991. “Being a part of the Operation was an experience I’ll never forget--it was history in the making,” Judie recalled. “But even in the midst of all that drama there was comedy--one of the problems I was asked to solve that day was to redirect a group of young Ethiopian kids who’d never seen an elevator before. They’d been gleefully riding up and down for hours and preventing everyone else from moving around the building. I had to bribe them with candy to get them to stop!”

Here's Judie reading at the event:

Photo credit: Krystyna Lagowski

Thanks to everyone who came out!

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