Judy FeldCarr

With courage, ingenuity, and determination, Judy Feld Carr rescued over 3,500 Jews from Syria. Feld Carr earned a BA in music education and an MA in musicology from the University of Toronto. In the 1960s, she and her first husband became active in aiding Jews in Syria, organizing a Syrian Jewish support community in Toronto, sending care packages of books and religious articles, and secretly communicating with Syrian Jewish leaders. In 1977, she was approached about bringing a sick rabbi from Aleppo to Toronto for treatment and realized that it was possible to bribe authorities to let Jews leave the repressive country. She began raising money and negotiating with Syrian officials on a case-by-case basis, since families were usually not allowed to leave together. She even resorted to smuggling, secretly bringing some Jews across the border to Turkey at great personal risk. In the early 1990s, Feld Carr took advantage of the brief window created by an American-brokered peace between Israel and Syria to help the bulk of the remaining Jewish community escape Syria. For her remarkable accomplishments, she was honored in 1995 by Prime Minister Yizhak Rabin and awarded the Order of Canada in 2001.

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To miss Judy i would love to honor you as you are  a great women no any Jewish women do what is miss judy did to the Syrian Jewish i never met with her but i herd about her and about help i received from her i get help from her to me and to my family long time ago now is the time to give some appreciation to this great lady all the Syrian Jewish Owen he a lot of respect from rich to poor Syrian Jewish my last word to her and I don't know if that is enough to her or not but that the best what can I say to her God Bless You and Bless you family

"Judy Feld Carr... arose when it was ‘still night’ and woke up the world to the plight of our brethren in Syria," announced the leaders of the Syrian-Jewish community in honoring the Canadian woman who single-handedly engineered the escape of more than 3,500 Jews from persecution in their homeland.

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