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he summer season on Long Island is typically the busiest time of year for families looking to get out of the house together. From Manhattan to Montauk, there are plenty of events to choose from to enjoy the warm weather with your family and find activities everyone will enjoy. The events that tends to draw a sizable crowd are local fairs and festivals – and Long Island has plenty of those all summer long. Here are some of the events that will be happening across Long Island the next few weeks: July The Long Island Summer Festival: Happening Friday, July 12, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday, July 13, from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., the Long Island Summer Festival will be taking place at the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove. The festival will host hundreds of local vendors and have a wide variety of food options. It will also feature a carnival-like experience, which includes rides and Long Island’s only Hot-Air Balloon trips. Tickets are on sale now and are available online, along with more information, at Children 12-and-under are free to enter, while all others will be charged $5 to get in. Babylon Block Party: This year’s first date for the Babylon Block Party already took place last month, so if you missed out on June’s event, you won’t want to make the same mistake this month. July’s Babylon Block Party will be held on Thursday, July 18, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. along Deer Park Avenue. The festivities include live music and outdoor dining, as well as games, vendors, artisans and bouncy houses for the kids to enjoy. If you can’t make it out to Babylon on July 18, don’t worry, another block party will be happening on Aug. 29. Admission to the event is free for all ages. Great South Bay Music Festival: The 13th annual music festival is back at Shorefront Park in Patchogue again, with live

Great South Bay Music Festival (credit/ performances happening all weekend long from July 18 to July 21. The Great South Bay Music Festival features over 60 performers on four different stages, including 2018 Long Island Music Hall of Fame inductee Taking Back Sunday, of Levittown. The festival also features an artisan markets for those interested in arts and crafts and a fun and educational KIDZONE. Tickets are required for admission and can be purchased online at Rockaway Beach Boardwalk Art Craft & Gift Fair: For those who love to shop-tillyou-drop, this event is an opportunity for you to shop local from established artisans and high-quality craft and gift vendors along the Rockaway Beach Boardwalk. The fair is happening Saturday, July 20, and Sunday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

along with additional dates in the future (Aug. 17-18, Sept. 14-15) in case you’re busy all weekend. Admission and parking to attend the event as a customer are both free of charge. For more information, head to Taste of Montauk: The Montauk Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its 7th annual Taste of Montauk event on Sunday, July 28, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will be held on the Great Lawn of Gurney’s Star Island Resort & Marina and will feature locally produced craft beers, Long Island wine, and plenty of food from restaurants located at the end of Long Island’s south fork. The event is 21-plus and tickets are $85 in advance or $95 on the day of the event, if available. For more information, visit www.montaukchamber. com.

August Garvies Point Museum Day: Glen Cove’s Garvies Point Museum and Preserve will be hosting its Museum Day on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The day will be fun and educational for all ages and includes insect studies, nature walks, bird-watching, paper-making workshop, butterfly gardens, rock and mineral identifications, movies and more. Admission to Museum Day is $5 for those aged 5 and up. More information can be found at www. Massapequa Park Village Street Fair: From Sunrise Highway to Clark Boulevard, Massapequa Park will once again be hosting its annual street fair on Sunday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This year’s fair features more than 150 vendors down Park Boulevard, live entertainment, children’s rides, a rock-climbing wall, mechanical bull, clam shucking, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, plenty of food and a slapshot booth, courtesy of the New York Islanders. Admission to the event is 100 percent free and if it rains, there’s no need to worry, the rain date is scheduled for the following Sunday, Aug. 11. Sayville Summerfest: An art show, a classic car show, a four-mile run and live musical performances are just some of the exciting things you can find at this year’s Sayville Summerfest. Hosted by the Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce, Sayville Summerfest will be happening all weekend from Friday, Aug. 9, to Sunday, Aug. 11. In addition to everything already listed, Sayville Summerfest will also feature over 200 craft and food vendors, rides, games and a beer and wine tasting tent. For more information, including the full schedule of live musical performances, head to www. Italian Festival in New Hyde Park: New Hyde Park is hosting its annual Italian Festival for five days in late August, from Wednesday, Aug. 21, through Sunday, Aug. 25. The festival features plenty of Italian dishes, along with zeppoles, pastries, famous stuffed cellinis, rides, games, live music and much more. On Saturday, Aug. 24, a fireworks show will be held at night. The festival costs just $1 for adults to enter and on Sunday, Aug. 25, admission is free for community appreciation day, the final day of the festival. Also part of community appreciation day are half-priced pasta dishes until 5 p.m. The festival will be held at Michael J. Tully Park from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Sunday. More information can be found through Cellini Lodge 2206 on its website,

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THE TOP SEVEN EVENTS Florida Georgia Line: Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour Saturday, July 20, gates: 6 p.m., show: 7 p.m. The duo’s Can’t Say I Ain’t Country Tour is Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley and comes after releasing their fourth studio album, Can’t Say I Ain’t Country, on Feb. 15. Dan + Shay and FGL’s “Up Downâ€? collaborator Morgan Wallen will join them on the road as support acts. Where: Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, 895 Bay Parkway, Wantagh Info & Tickets: 866-558-8468 or 516-7851600 •

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“Weird Al� Yankovic Saturday, July 20, doors: 5:30 p.m., show: 7 p.m. “Weird Al� Yankovic is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history, earning four Grammys and 15 career nominations. Yankovic is stopping at Forest Hills Stadium as part of his Strings Attached tour, joined by the Queens Symphony Orchestra. Where: Forest Hills Stadium 1 Tennis Place, Forest Hills Info & Tickets: 888-929-7849


Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing presents “Rockin’ Fights XXXVâ€? Friday, July 19, doors: 7 p.m., show: 7:30 p.m. Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing “Rockin’ Fightsâ€? series at The Paramount has developed some of Long Island and Star Boxing’s biggest stars, such as former world champion Chris Algieri, light heavyweight star Joe Smith Jr. and junior welterweight knockout artist Cletus “The Hebrew Hammerâ€? Seldin. The “Rockin’ Fightsâ€? series at The Paramount oers an aordable and extremely entertaining night out, that is guaranteed to see action packed professional ďŹ ghting. Where: The Paramount 370 New York Ave., Huntington Info & Tickets: 631-673-7300


Mike DelGuidice - Performing the music of Billy Joel and much more Saturday, July 20, doors: 6:30 p.m., show: 8 p.m.

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Mike DelGuidice and the band all currently are touring members of Billy Joel’s band, and when they are not performing at the groundbreaking residency at MSG, they are performing at their Long Island home – The Paramount. Welcoming them back for their 24th sold-out show – Mike and the band never disappoint with a high energy, crowdpleasing performance – playing all the major hits. Where: The Paramount 370 New York Ave., Huntington Info & Tickets: 631-673-7300


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FOR THE COMING WEEK Take Flight: Bats & Taps – Nature and Brews Night Friday, July 19, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A bat biologist chats bat conservation on a twilight gardens walk. Later, sample beers from featured brewery Barrier Brewing Company as sourced by Hicksville Beer and Soda and handmade cheese from Goodale Farms. 21+ only. Where: Old Westbury Gardens 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury Info & Tickets: 516-333-0048


Electric Mud/5Dead X’s Wednesday, July 24 at 8 p.m. The two bands will be performing on Wednesday, July 24 at My Father’s Place. Electric Mud was started by brothers Marc and Matty in Staten Island back in 2008, while 5Dead X’s was founded by Chris Kinnear in late 2018, with Jason Liebman, Chris Crosby, and Joe Pess. Where: My Father’s Place 1221 Old Northern Blvd, Roslyn Info & Tickets: 516-413-3535


50+ Comedy Tour Thursday, July 25 at 8 p.m. The 50+ Comedy Tour returns to the Gold Coast Arts Center with a new lineup of comedians over 50. The lineup features Scott Schendlinger, Rob Falcone, David Weiss, plus a surprise guest.


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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Soulful Sunday Morning

Where: Gold Coast Arts Center 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck Info & Tickets: 516-829-2570

11:00 AM Multigenerational Worship Service for family and friends with LIVE Cosmic Orchestra, an extension of the Soulful Sundown Friday evening program.


Family Coffee* House and Religious Education Sunday Summer Program Kick-Off


Our first-ever, interactive, spin on Soulful Sundown Coffee* House (*now with lemonade) led by Strummin’ and Drummin’. (Or tour the Veatch House or join a UUCSR Philanthropy discussion.) Picnic lunches brought from home are welcome.

During Summer Services: 11:00 AM–12:30 PM


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Come Visit

THE OYSTER BAY RAILROAD MUSEUM 102 Audrey Avenue, Oyster Bay We are open Sat. & Sun. 10AM-4PM and invite you to our Visitor Center, Theodore Roosevelt's historic train station, display yard with railroad equipment and turntable.

THE TOP EVENTS FOR KIDS FOR THE COMING WEEK Geology of Garvies Point & Long Island Saturday, July 20, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Learn about local geological phenomena including concretions, rattlestones, Cretaceous clays and plant fossils, and more. Followed by a walk along the rocky beach. Where: Garvies Point Museum & Preserve 50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove Info: 516-571-8010 or


Apollopalooza Saturday, July 20, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Go aboard the newly acquired DE/DM locomotive and M7 cab simulators.


or on the web @ Admission: $6.00 13-61 Adults, $5.00 Seniors 62+, $4.00 children 6-12, 5 and under FREE

On July 20, 1969, Apollo 11 landed on the Moon. Come celebrate the anniversary of this momentous step in space history as you learn about astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, explore rocket science, and more. Where: Long Island Children’s Museum 11 Davis Ave., Garden City Info: 516-224-5800 or


Shark Invasion Sunday, July 21, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. It’s Shark Week and we’re celebrating this apex predator with lots of hands-on activities. See a real shark jaw and a Megalodon tooth! Find out about sharks’ amazing senses, and excavate a real shark tooth fossil and turn it into a necklace to wear home. Where: The Whaling Museum & Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor 301 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor Info: 631-367-3418 or


Kidz Bop Live Sunday, July 21, Gates: 3 p.m., show: 4 p.m.


Following the success of last year’s tour, which sold out multiple shows across the country, The KIDZ BOP Kids are hitting the road again in 2019 with a Bop-Stop at Jones Beach on Sunday, July 21. Where: Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater 895 Bay Pkwy, Wantagh Info & Tickets: 516-221-1000 or



JoJo Siwa: D.R.E.A.M. the Tour Sunday, July 21, Doors: 5:30 p.m., show: 7 p.m. Nickelodeon superstar JoJo Siwa is a YouTube personality, singer, dancer, entrepreneur, social media influencer, New York Times bestselling author and star on Nickelodeon’s “Lip Sync Battle Shorties.” On July 21, Siwa will be taking her “D.R.E.A.M. the Tour” to Forest Hills Stadium. or 212.239.6200 For groups or birthdays call 866.642.9849

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Tributes to Isadora Preserve celebrates 4 Duncan, Walt Whitman years of music, poetry Dance Visions NY has several exciting programs in the lap of nature coming up at Long Island landmarks throughout July. On Sunday, July 21, at 2 p.m., Dance Visions NY will be performing at Sands Point Preserve Conservancy, both indoors at Hempstead House and outdoors in the beautiful Rose Garden overlooking the Long Island Sound. Admission to the performance is free for members or $15 per car for non-members. The group will also be performing on Thursday, July 25, at 8 p.m. at the Steppingstone Waterside Theater in Kings Point. Highlights of the program for both dates include the late American and French dancer Isadora Duncan’s “Tribute to Greek Gods,” created to

Schubert’s Symphony in C (the Great), and new Jucovy works. “Earth Trilogy” recently premiered at “Take Root” at Green Space, in Long Island City, and includes Isadora Duncan’s dances of nature, “Delicate Web,” which illustrates the possible effects of climate change on humanity, and “Hymn,” a prayer for the Earth created to a Native American medley arranged for the dance by soprano and choral director, Farah Chandu. “Jolted Reverie,” another new work, is set to music of Beethoven and music of percussionist Napoleon Revels Bey, who will play live at the concert along with pianist Paul Baserman. Another new work, “Tangos,” will premiere at this program. “Tangos“ includes duets,

featuring one man and four women, and an enticing finale, created to the stunning music of Astor Piazollo. Lastly on Saturday, July 27, at 3:30 p.m., the group will present a dance/poetry performance in honor of Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday anniversary, called “I Hear America Singing, I see America Dancing” outdoors on the lawn of the Walt Whitman Birthplace. Whitman’s 200th birthday also coincides with Isadora Duncan’s 141st birthday. Duncan was greatly influenced by Whitman, calling him her “spiritual teacher.” The dance group will pay tribute to the two influencers through word, dance and music. Excerpts of poems by Whitman are illustrated by authentic Duncan dances under the direction of Beth Jucovy. Duncan dance pianist Mark Fiedler will play many of these works live to the music of Chopin, Brahms, Gluck, Strauss, Schubert and the group will be reviving a work to the music of Micheal Sheyne. The program will be performed outdoors at the birthplace of Walt Whitman, located at 246 Walt Whitman Rd. in Huntington Station.

Judea plans summer Shabbat services The Jewish Sabbath (Shabbat) is a year-round observance and celebration. During the months of July and August, Temple Judea introduces some interesting variables making observance even more exciting and perhaps unexpected within the range of the traditional songs, Torah readings, blessings and prayers. For starters, wine and cheese will be served in the lobby at 6 p.m. each Friday evening, followed by the Shabbat service in the Sanctuary at 6:30 pm. All are invited to attend. The Adult Volunteer Choir will assist in the responsibilities of observing the traditions, prayers and songs of Shabbat each week in July and August, including the two weeks of Shabbat when Rabbi Chizner is on vacation. The new cantor, Deborah Jacobson, who has recently been appointed

by Temple Judea, will begin her term in August. The Adult Volunteer Choir is a group of congregants who are thoroughly familiar with and trained in conducting the Shabbat service. They come from a variety of vocations including two lawyers, a poet/ author, two psychologists, the manager of a dental office, an insurance broker and a professional actor/musician/comedian. Tod Groman is the leader and trainer of the group. He is joined by Sha Beaman, Karen Blum, Irving Flamer, Dr.Stanley Goldklang, Susan Goldklang, Paula Groothuis, Dr. Vin Guarerra, and Spencer Herman. Temple Judea is located at 333 Searingtown Road, Manhasset (off Exit 36 on LIE) and can be reached at or (516) 621-8049. New members are always welcome.

The Sands Point Preserve Conservancy, located on the Gold Coast of Long Island, presents Summer Playlist, the third in four magical concerts comprising the new Four Seasons in Music series, on Saturday, July 13, in historic Hempstead House and Rose Garden. Artistic Director Kathryn Lockwood created this captivating, thought-provoking series, gathering brilliant, internationally renowned artists to perform in beautiful venues across the Guggenheim Estate. The series is designed for adults, but children 8 years and older are welcome. A summerthemed dinner follows the concert outside in the Rose Garden overlooking the Long Island Sound. Summer Playlist celebrates the sunny days and sultry nights of summer with an eclectic-mix of poetry and music. The “playlist” features classics by Bach and Mozart, exciting new works, and folk tunes from around the globe. The Conservancy welcomes an ensemble of world-class musicians such as Lockwood (viola), Todd Reynolds (violin), Nathan Koci (accordion), Yousif Sheronick (percussion), and Sheri Hammerstrom (poetry reader). The concert is set inside Hempstead House, where the living room will be transformed into a European-style courtyard. “Summer lifts our spirits and inspires dance and song,” said Lockwood. “You’ll be uplifted by an exuberant Gigue by Bach, touched by a romantic waltz from accordionist-composer Guy Klucevsek, seduced by the breathless beauty of ‘Oblivion,’ the famous love song by the legendary Argentine master Astor Piaz-

zolla; and swept away by the sensual pulse of Indifference, a showcase for our entire ensemble. Summer breezes carry you to lands near and far while taking you on a journey to an exciting world of innovative music-making.” Also on the program: the sizzling Indian accents of Shirish Korde’s “Joy,” a virtuoso duet for viola and percussion performed by duoJalal (violist Kathryn Lockwood and percussionist Yousif Sheronick); the haunting Americana of Bill Carson’s colorful arrangement of the traditional Bright Summer Morning; the Central European folk flavors of Klucevsek’s witty “Moose Mouth Mirror;” and the virtuosity and timeless quality of Sheronick’s “Expanding Time.” Following the concert, guests will enjoy a bountiful summer supper in the Rose Gardens, originally designed by Florence Guggenheim. The superb seasonal dinner menus are created by master chef Nicola Zanghi, prepared by Philip Stone Catering. Cocktails begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by the concert in Hempstead House at 7 p.m. Dinner and dessert in the Rose Garden will take place at 8 p.m., following the concert. The final concert in the 2019 series is Autumn Leaves on Oct. 5. For Sands Point Preserve Conservancy members, adult tickets cost $100 and $50 for those aged 8 to 18. For nonmembers, adult tickets are $110 and $60 for those 8 to 18 years old. Tickets can be purchased online at or can be purchased by phone by calling 516-304-5076.

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MONDAY, August 5, 2019 Glen Head Country Club Glen Cove Road, Glen Head, NY 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 10:30 am. Shopping Boutique Opens, Noon Luncheon and Program 1:30 pm Mah-jongg, Canasta and Bridge Bring your own Mah-jongg sets & cards

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Honor Flight L.I. to hold reunion of vets Honor Flight Long Island will hold a reunion on Aug. 10 at the American Airpower Museum, to celebrate local World War II and Korean War veterans who took a free, early-morning flight on May 11 for a one-day tour of their Washington, D.C. military memorials. They also saw the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier and were greeted by officers from their respective branches. Our heroes landed late that evening at Long Island MacArthur Airport to a raucous welcome by the Long Island Bagpipe and Drum Band and to thunderous applause from hundreds of family and friends. The veterans’ tour in D.C. was sponsored by Honor Flight Long Island, a local, non-profit chapter of the national Honor Flight Network. HFLI organizes, hosts and pays for the biannual flights each spring and fall. As part of the day’s events, veterans and their guardians (volunteers who make the trips possible) fly to BaltimoreWashington International Airport, where a motor coach takes them to D.C. and the WWII, Korean and Vietnam memorials, Arlington National Cemetery, Air Force, Navy and other memorials. Each Honor Flight trip transports 50 veterans for free, thanks to donations from across Long Island. They are accompanied

by 50 guardians; next generation, ablebodied volunteers who donate $400 to offset costs. If there is no family member to act as a guardian, HFLI has a list of volunteers ready to step up for the privilege and donate the required fee. HFLI is now accepting applications for future flights from WWII, Korean and Vietnam War veterans. Veterans from other theatres of conflict with life-limiting illnesses are encouraged to apply for future flights. HFLI’s Gala Honor Flight Reunion will be held on Saturday, August 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the American Airpower Museum located at 1230 New Hwy., Farmingdale. Help applaud veterans during the Ceremony of Honors, as each is presented with their own tribute journal full of photographs taken during the May 11 D.C. tour. In addition, an official U.S. Military Band will play the iconic musical themes from each branch of service. The public, family and friends are invited to come early to can marvel at the museum’s fantastic exhibitions of military aircraft from WWII and beyond. To apply for spots on upcoming flights or become a guardian, go to or contact Virginia Bennett at 631-702-2423 or vbennett@

Honor Flight Long Island Holds August 10th Reunion of Veterans Who Took May 11th Flight to Visit Washington D.C. Military Memorials

Motorcycle run, car show to aid veterans On Sunday, July 14, thousands are expected to gather in Holbrook to support veterans with the seventh annual Kick Stands Up motorcycle poker run and car show. The event will have bikes and custom cars on display for those in attendance to check out, along with live music, food and drinks, vendors and raffle prizes. Admission is free for those interested in attending, but

those who want to participate in the motorcycle run or put their car on display must pay to register for the event. Kick Stands Up will be held at the Four Seasons Sunrooms & Windows located at 5005 Veterans Memorial Hwy., Holbrook. The motorcycle run will begin there, making stops in Oakdale, Ronkonkoma, Shirley and Continued on Page 49

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Paramount comedy Motorcycle run,car series kicks off show to aid vetertans The Paramount comedy series is scheduled to begin on July 27, starting with Long Island native Jim Breuer and his residency at the venue, “Comedy, Stories & More.” The Paramount’s comedy series consists of 16 shows and will continue through the second half of the summer into the fall months, concluding in November. The full comedy series schedule includes: Saturday, July 27 at 8:00 p.m.: The Jim Breuer Residency “Comedy, Stories & More.” Thursday, Aug. 1 at 8 p.m.: Jay Pharoah. Friday, Sept. 6 at 8 p.m.: Pablo Francisco. Sunday, Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m.: Kevin James. Saturday, Sept. 14 at 8 p.m.: Ryan Hamilton. Thursday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m.: “Mr.

and Mrs. America” Andrew Dice Clay and Roseanne Barr. Sunday, Sept. 22 at 8 p.m.: T.J. Miller “Touring in Perpetuity” Tour. Friday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m.: SteveO “The Bucket List.” Friday, Oct. 4 and Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m.: Bumping Mics featuring Jeff Ross and Dave Attell. Friday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m.: “Kreeps with Kids” comedy tour with Robert Kelly, Ron Bennington, Jim Florentine and Rick Vos. Sunday, Oct. 27 at 7 and 9:30 p.m.: Bret Kreischer “Body Shots” tour. Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.: Ken Jeong. Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m.: Norm MacDonald. Tickets can be purchased through TicketMaster or at The Paramount box office. Box office hours are Monday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Continued from Page 48 Coram before returning to the starting line. The event starts at 9 a.m. and runs until 3 p.m., with kickstands for the motorcycle run going up at 11 a.m. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Suffolk County United Veterans project, providing housing and support services for at-risk and homeless veterans. For more information, contact Ruth McDade with Suffolk County United Veterans at 631-4717242 or

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Discouraging tolerance center support shameful


s a rabbi in the Lake Success district of Great Neck, I was not actively engaged in the recent Village of Great Neck elections. However, the unwarranted personal attacks and threats against Steve Markowitz – and by extension the Holocaust and Tolerance Center – highlight some disturbing trends within our Great Neck community. I have known Steve Markowitz for many years. He has always been, what we call in Hebrew an osek b’tzorchei tzibbur b’emunah –an individual genuinely and faithfully dedicated to the needs of our community.

Steve has served with distinction as president of a local synagogue, and as a passionate defender of Israel and Jewish causes. He has actively collaborated with a diverse group of religious and political leaders to combat antisemitism and all forms of racism in our county. Following an anti-Semitic incident several years ago, it was Steve who initiated a partnership with the Great Neck School District to introduce the Holocaust as part of the curriculum. He has cultivated strong relationships with a diverse population within our town and presently serves as chair of the Holocaust Memo-

rial and Tolerance Center in Glen Cove. The disgraceful attacks against him do an injustice to Steve and to anyone dedicated to fighting hatred in all its ugliness. As a longtime Jewish activist, I understand and appreciate the efforts and passionate concerns of individuals and groups who speak out against intolerance, racism and religious discrimination. There are many legitimate reasons for all of us to be vocal and assertive when it comes to combating antisemitism and any other form of racism within our town. However, I would caution against impulsive reactions or

threats which are ill-timed and misdirected. Criticizing Steve and threatening to discourage people from supporting the highly acclaimed work of the HMTC, is counterproductive and shameful. There are other more effective, constructive and positive ways to make our voices heard and to exercise our influence. Great Neck’s diversity should be a source of strength and not a cause for ignorance or selfaggrandizement. There are too many of us, who refrain from any community responsibility and only speak out (often vituperatively) when an incident touches

our backyard. Attacking the character of noble, community-minded individuals like Steve Markowitz violates, for me, the Jewish prohibition of causing someone public shame. I suggest a more positive and global approach: Establishing community forums and dialogues, which will further communal esprit d’corps and provide opportunities for needed dialogue and conversation. The era of intolerance must end. Michael Klayman Rabbi Lake Success Jewish Center

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e have known Steve Markowitz for close to 20 years as a fellow congregant at Temple Israel, as a former president of the Temple Israel congregation, leader of the Great Neck Democrats, and chairperson of the Holocaust center. To accuse him of anti-Semitism or anti-Jewish orthodox beliefs defies logic and is the height of absurdity.

Steve Markowitz has been nothing but an asset to the entire Jewish community, and to the town of Great Neck. We can think of no greater blessing to the Jewish community and no person better able to articulate or support Jewish values in these fragile time. Cheryl and Seth Moin Saddle Rock

e write in response to the recent vicious and completely unwarranted attacks on Steve Markowitz. We have lived in Great Neck 49 years, and have known Steve for a great portion of these. He has been a community leader in various capacities, whether in his village, his temple, as leader of the local Democratic Party affiliate, and, most recently, the Holocaust Museum and Tolerance Center. He has been a strong advo-

cate of tolerance in the community, and, in particular, has been actively involved in supporting dialogue among all branches of the Great Neck Jewish community. He worked closely with us in our attempts, some years ago, to have a new Main Library building designed and built reflective of the needs of a highly-literate community such as Great Neck. (Unfortunately, we were not completely successful in that goal). We have found him to be

completely honest, outspoken with his opinions where necessary, and a strong advocate of soliciting community input and opinions. Great Neck needs more individuals of Steve’s honesty and integrity. As we noted above, these attacks on Steve’s character and leadership qualities are unwarranted and unfounded. Their perpetrators should apologize. Mischa and Charlotte Schwartz Great Neck

Model of decency Markowitz elevated center and integrity In regard to any articles casting doubt on Steve Markowitz’s intentions and political and religious affiliations, I would like to report my support for Steve’s involvement in the betterment of Great Neck. I was a very early founding member of HMTC and Steve was most supportive of our goal: the teach young people about the dangers of intolerance. We brought in middle and high school students from schools in Queens, Nassau and Suffolk for intensive all-day tolerance workshops. The teachers were grateful and students left with heightened awareness. Steve was most supportive of this program. He certainly never espoused “antireligious animus”. I never heard any claims about the Great Neck Library From Mr. Markowitz. As head of the Democratic Party,

Steve never took any antagonistic positions toward any groups. I have known Steve for many years. I was on the board of The Holocaust Center and an Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Great Neck for 11 years (after teaching and being an assistant principal in Great Neck). At no time during my life and career in Great Neck have I heard Steve disparage any group of people from any community. I don’t know what this is all about, but Steve Markowitz deserves to be viewed as a model Great Neck resident and a spokesman for decency and integrity Arlette Sanders, PhD Former teacher and administrator in GNPS Former Director at HMTC North Shore Towers


have been affiliated with The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County (HMTC) since it opened in 1992. Under HMTC’s first two chairmen I was the center’s treasurer. For the past seven years, I have been the vice chairman under our third chairman, Steven Markowitz. I have known Steve since he became an HMTC board member 15 years ago. I was shocked and saddened to learn of the recent attacks, the hate mail, etc. and the anti-Steven comments, and the request that Steve be removed from the chairmanship of HMTC. This is not the Steve that I know. This to me is politics at its worst. Steve has donated his

time and devotion to HMTC to bring the center to new heights. Steve stands behind the Center’s Mission Statement: “To teach the history of the Holocaust. We teach about the dangers of anti-Semitism, racism, bullying and all other manifestations of intolerance. We advocate respect for every human being.” This is the Steve that I know. Under Steve’s leadership HMTC has become highly respected and is constantly requested for our programs. Currently, HMTC is working hard in the Great Neck schools dealing with anti-Semitism, and intolerance between all races. Under Steve’s leadership of our small but devoted staff, we run our programs for the police department, nurses,

attorneys, teachers, students and more. We have had many different speakers come to the Center to tell their story. We’ve had the Yazidi refugees tell about the current genocide against them. And we had the South Korean “Comfort Women” tell about the atrocities by the Japanese during WW II. I invite the anti-Steve people to come to the center and sit in on a bullying program because we all need to get along by discussion. Sit down with Steve. Learn who he is and what he stands for. I know Steven Markowitz and I’m proud to be his vice chairman and honored to be his friend. Neil Tannor Roslyn

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