The recent blog post on Judy Feld Carr and her supposed rescue of all of Syrian Jewry, unfortunately, and unbeknownst to the author, is an inaccurate account of Jewish history.
While Judy Feld Carr has been claiming for 20 years to have rescued the 4500 Jews of Syria, this is simply not true. It is an injustice to those who actually did the job.
She did admirable work rescuing numbers of individual Jews from Syria over the course of her involvement, however, the successful effort to extricate the ENTIRE Syrian Jewish community, the modern day exodus from Syria, was not hers.
This was undertaken, spearheaded, and achieved by the United States Government and The Council for the Rescue of Syrian Jews, composed of members of the American Syrian Jewish Community.
This effort was not a secret mission and did not occur over 30 years. Rather it was achieved in just under five years from 1989 to 1994. It was actually very public and involved large scale demonstrations, Congressional resolutions, United States Presidential and Congressional delegations to Syria, as well as the intervention of many heads of state, and other foreign bodies of government such the European Parliament. This rescue involved the cooperation and involvement of American diplomats in Syria, every branch of the United States Government, lawmakers, and members of the American & international Jewish community and its organizations that supported our efforts.
This is only a very brief description of a very complicated and involved campaign. For the sake of historical accuracy, I am compelled to write this response. We are very proud and happy to elaborate on our work and saddened that Judy Feld Carr has garnered so much renown for the work that we achieved. We are happy to elaborate as everything we did is documented.
Alice Eve Harary Sardell, Esq.
President, The Council for the Rescue of Syrian Jews
New York, NY