There is none so furious as a woman ignored, and from her post in The Times of Israel, Alice Harary Sardell (left) is one angry lady. She is angry that all the credit for rescuing the remnant of Syrian Jewry in the 1990s is going to Judy Feld Carr (below), instead of to Alice’s US-based Syrian Jewry committee. Let’s say that both ladies were heroic, and their work was complementary.
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
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
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.