Holocaust Center Appoints Two Business Leaders To Board Of Directors


The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County’s Board of Directors has been strengthened by the election of two accomplished and well-respected leaders.

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Glen Cove, NY - October 24th, 2013 - The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County’s (HMTC) Board of Directors has been strengthened by the election of two accomplished and well-respected leaders.
Steven Markowitz, Chairman of HMTC’s Board, announced today, October 24, that Martin Elias and Terence E. Smolev, have been appointed, effective immediately.

The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center is greatly honored to have Mr. Elias and Mr. Smolev join our organization’s Board of Directors,” says Mr. Markowitz. “These new members bring a wealth of leadership and experience and will be influential in helping continue our work to teach the history of the Holocaust and its lessons through education and community outreach.”

Martin Elias is the President of Elias Properties Management Inc., a real estate investment company located in Jericho, NY.  The company owns and manages retail shopping centers.  A foundation was founded by Martin’s parents, now named the Ike, Molly & Steven Elias Foundation. One of the leading philanthropists on Long Island, Martin funds the Foundation which makes charitable contributions to a host of worthwhile causes.  He has been heavily involved with HMTC for several years and has been the inspiration for and major supporter of programs promoting the mission of the Center.

Terence E. Smolev recently founded The Law Offices of Terence E. Smolev, P.C., located in Jericho, New York. Previously, he was a partner at Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana, LLP.  Mr. Smolev began his legal career at the international accounting firm of Peat Marwick Mitchell & Co (now KPMG).  Currently, he lectures on Criminal Tax Fraud at the Washington College of Law of American University. He has also been an adjunct professor at Hofstra University Schools of Business and Law, where he taught accounting, business law, tax law, and estate planning.

Mr. Smolev is a member of the New York City Police Museum Board of Trustees and serves as Vice President-Counsel and Trustee on its Executive Board. He served as member of the Long Island Cabinet for Israeli Bonds, and on the Nassau County Comptroller's Audit Advisory Committee. He currently serves on the North Shore-LIJ Health System Foundation Professional Advisor's Committee, the Long Island Community Foundation's Professional Advisory Committee and is a Board member of the Gurwin Jewish Geriatric Foundation and is the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. He is a past President of the Pickett Farm Homeowners Association and for 14 years served on the Hofstra University Board of Trustees

About the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County
The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County is the pre-eminent Holocaust resource on Long Island, with a contemporary museum and is one of the largest and most comprehensive education program providers in the region. Since 2007, nearly 210,000 students, educators, employers and law enforcement personnel have participated in the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center’s education programs.

Under construction and scheduled to open in January 2014, the Claire Friedlander Education Institute will accommodate four classrooms with state-of-the-art audio-visual aids and cutting edge technical equipment for specialized Holocaust video-conferencing programs and a wide variety of workshops for youth and adults.

With the Louis Posner Memorial Library, the Center offers over 7,000 volumes of Holocaust, genocide, multicultural, anti-bias and anti-bullying material for youth and adults, from Kindergarten through post-graduate researchers. It is the largest such collection on Long Island. Additional information is available online at www.holocaust-nassau.org.