Israeli Professor Receives OBE from British Queen

Prof. Penny Ur of the Oranim Academic College of Education was awarded with Queen Elizabeth II’s Order of the British Empire on Saturday for her services to the English language.

“At first, when I got the call from the British ambassador and he told me the news, I thought someone was playing a joke on me,” Ur, who specializes in English, told The Jerusalem Post in a phone interview on Sunday.

The call came about a month ago. Ur was asked to keep the award secret until the information was released to the press on Saturday.

“It’s a great honor and very flattering,” she added. “I’ve been receiving messages of congratulation all day, it’s very heartwarming. My family and friends are very happy as well.”


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