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Retired social worker, community leader Sarah Carp laid to rest

SARAH KORETZKY CARP, a retired social worker, died on Monday, July 26, 2021. She was 98.


She had a passion for living and was an eternal optimist. Carp was an inspiration and role model for all those whose lives she touched. She deeply loved her family and community and was very proud of her career in social work.

Education and community service were always very important to her. Following her graduation from Sophie Wright School, she attended college at LSU, graduating in 1942. She received a master’s degree in Social Work from the Tulane University School of Social Work in 1949. 

At the beginning of her career, she worked for the Department of Public Welfare and became a supervisor in foster care. Later, she led the Ombudsman program at the Jefferson Council on Aging. She received an award in recognition for outstanding service as the supervisor of the Ombudsman program from Jefferson Parish. At the end of her career, she worked for the Advocacy Center and finally retired at the age of 83.

After her retirement, she continued to volunteer both at the National World World War II Museum and the New Orleans Museum of Art.

She served as president of the Beth Israel Synagogue Sisterhood, the Jewish War Veterans Ladies Auxiliary, B’nai B’rith Women Jefferson Parish Unit, and her chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

Carp was a member of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization Advisory Board (BBYO), a vice president of Brandeis Women’s Group, and vice president of Congregation Anshe Sfard Sisterhood. She had been a member of the Greater New Orleans Section of the National Council of Jewish Women and the Greater New Orleans Chapter of Hadassah. In addition, she was a Brownie leader and board member at her children’s schools.

She was predeceased by her husband, Sidney D. Carp, to whom she was married for 50 years. She is survived by her three daughters Gayle Hill (Bob) of Dallas, Carol Newman (Dale) and Sandra Carp; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A private funeral was held on Wednesday, July 28 at the (New) Beth Israel Cemetery, 4400 Elysian Fields Avenue. Rabbi David Posternock of Congregation Beth Israel officiated. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested to Congregation Beth Israel, 4004 W. Esplanade Ave. S., Metairie, LA 70002.

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