I am writing to express my support for Steven Markowitz, the chairman of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, who has been the subject of an unjustified smear campaign.
I have known Steven for almost 40 years, and he has been relentless in his efforts to fight all forms of intolerance.
I have served with Steven on the board of trustees of Temple Israel of Great Neck, where, as a board member and president, he has worked to bring the Conservative, Reform, Orthodox, and Sephardic communities together.
In these roles, he started what has been a successful inter-synagogue rabbinic dialogue that has lasted for decades. I have also witnessed his leadership of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center, which under his leadership has become one of the most important local institutions for fighting intolerance both outside and inside the Jewish community.
I am available to discuss these issues further if it would be at all helpful in informing your readership.
Arden Smith DPM
Village of Great Neck