But who are the most famous Syrian Americans? Wikipedia writes:
The overwhelming majority of Syrian immigrants to the US from 1880 to 1960 were Christian, a minority were Jewish, whereas Muslim Syrians arrived in the United States chiefly after 1965. According to the United States 2000 Census, there were 142,897 Americans of Syrian ancestry, about 12% of the Arab population in the United States.How can Steve Jobs, - who never heard a word of Arab in his family, grew up in a Christian non-observant family and became a Buddhist - can be a Syrian American? Well it can. The list of Syrian Americans includes Jerry Seinfeld, whose father was a Hungarian Jew and the mother a Syrian Jew, Paula Abdul, also Jewish with family roots from Syria or singer Paul Anka, who is born in Ottawa his parents are of Syrian descent. He sang with the St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Church as a child.
By the same token, my wife is born in Israel in a Jewish family originating in Aleppo Syria. If Steve Jobs is a Syrian American, so my daughter and son fully qualify for this label