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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Jewish Women's Archive. "Judy Feld Carr." (Viewed on August 7, 2020) <https://jwa.org/people/carr-judy>.