Meet our Staff
Chairman: Paul S. Miller
Paul S Miller is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Boca Museum of Art. Retired Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Pfizer Inc. Former Member of Board of Directors of AIPAC and Chairmen of AIPAC Executive Committee; former Member of Board and President of American Jewish Congress; former Trustee of Jewish Theological Seminary.
Vice President: Barry S. Savits, M.D.
Dr. Savits was a co founder and is the Vice President of CHAI (The Chassidic Art Institute) in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. CHAI provides an artistic dimension to the creative expression of beauty, ethics, morality, and history, and visually reminds us of a greater Truth. The Institute is an important educational resource in its geographical location in Brooklyn.
Dr. Savits is a Brooklyn based general surgeon, practicing there for over 40 years. He was past Chairman of Surgery at St. Mary’s Hospital and at the Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center, both institutions in Brooklyn, and at the Catholic Medical Center in Queens. He served for a year with Project Hope in Cuenca Ecuador – successfully training physicians and rehabilitating their troubled Medical School.
Dr. Savits has also participated in medical missions to Afghanistan and Kenya, and was involved in early groundbreaking cholesterol research in Guatemala. He is a Vietnam Veteran and ex-naval Commander. He believes that a world without art and beauty would be a dark one indeed.
Executive Director: Zev Markowitz
While purchasing art in the early 70’s for the family’s collection, Zev Markowitz had the opportunity to meet people in the higher echelons of the art world in Russia. He knew many Russian Jewish artists, and in 1977 when he came to America he visited some of these artists who preceded him in immigrating to the USA. These particular artists had not been given a Jewish education in Russia, and Zev was deeply moved by their artwork. Their Jewish subjects told of their plight as Soviet Jews, and of their new freedom in America.
In the beginning of 1978 Zev gladly accepted the offer to become Director of the first Chassidic Art Gallery. He said, “When I was in Russia I always hoped to have the opportunity to share the way of life I was shown in my parents’ house, but which I had to keep hidden from the outside world. I now feel that through CHAI I am fulfilling my dream of doing something for the Jewish people.”
Now, after 36 years, Zev is always willing to discuss the artwork in CHAI and explain the significance behind the pictures. He establishes a close relationship with both the artists and the visitors and is always searching for new talent.