Casino night to celebrate Temple Beth-El outgoing president

Casino night to celebrate Temple Beth-El outgoing president
Outgoing Temple Beth-El President Gary Slobin will be celebrated at a casino night and bourbon tasting on Sunday, May 19.

Temple Beth-El of Great Neck will celebrate outgoing president Gary Slobin for his dedicated service with a casino night and bourbon tasting on Sunday, May 19, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The community is welcome to enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres from W Kosher Events, an open bar and bourbon tasting, as well as casino games and prizes at Temple Beth-El.

Slobin, whose four-year term concludes at the end of May, has been involved in temple leadership for more than a decade and a half, previously serving in many roles, including as treasurer, vice president and a member of the board of trustees.

“I try to live my life by asking myself a simple question,” said Slobin. “Do my actions serve as a good example for my children? I think that giving time to your community and addressing the issues that impact your family are vital to one’s fulfillment as a well-rounded person.”

Gary and his wife, Melissa, joined Temple Beth-El more than 20 years ago when their oldest daughter started in TBE’s Early Childhood Education Center.

“We considered joining other temples,” noted Slobin, “But the energy and inviting atmosphere for young families drew us to Beth-El.”

The attorney, who has been practicing for nearly 30 years, is a trial lawyer who specializes in representing plaintiffs in personal-injury matters. He and Melissa have three daughters.

When Slobin was asked to become president, he knew it was time for someone from his generation to step up and lead.

“It was a hard decision, but even during the difficult times, I didn’t regret it,” Slobin ruminated. The role of temple president is challenging and time-consuming, but it can also be a rewarding and transformational experience.”

When he took the helm, his goals included ensuring TBE’s future.

“I worked to secure the future financial stability of this historic congregation, cultivate the next generation of leadership and continue to grow our relevancy and participation in the Great Neck community,” he explained. “I am grateful for the overwhelming support I have received from everyone.”

Four years as Temple Beth-El president and 22 years as an involved member and leader represent a life-altering journey.

“A prolonged leadership experience changes a person and can have a profound impact on one’s perspectives in so many aspects of life,” reflected Slobin. “Looking back on these years, the successes, challenges and changes that I have experienced as temple leader, and as a Jew, have certainly humbled me. What an honor it has been! Thank you for this opportunity and experience.”

Register to celebrate Slobin at Guests can buy additional casino money throughout the night with cash, checks or a tap-to-pay device.

Founded in 1928, the peninsula’s first synagogue is located at 5 Old Mill Road in Great Neck. To learn more, call 516-487-0900, visit or email [email protected].

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