Noah Slabotsky is an energetic guy who puts his passion into whatever he does, whether it’s work, play or volunteering for his community.
Back in high school at Blue Valley North, you could find him playing basketball and tennis. Slabotsky took to the drums accompanying his older brother Danny, the guitarist of the family.
“I kept a mediocre beat on the drums,” said Slabotsky with a chuckle. As an adult, the Overland Park native has kept busy investing in real estate, participating and watching sports and spending time with his wife.
Luckily for Jewish Family Services (JFS), Slabotsky gives some of that talent and energy as a volunteer for the human services agency. His latest volunteer role was playing emcee for JFS” Wipe Out Open House. With the nickname MC Hebrew Hammer, Slabotsky has also been the emcee for JFS’ Trivia Bash for the past few years. In addition, Slabotsky has given his time to JFS serving as a board member.
Now JFS salutes Slabotsky as its June Volunteer of the Month.
Slabotsky learned the importance of giving back to the community at an early age. He credits his father, Scott Slabotsky, as his role model.
“I can’t even think of a time when he wasn’t heavily involved in the community,” Noah Slabotsky said. “From fundraising to volunteering to lending his acting talents to The White Theatre, he’s been an incredible role model to me on how to give back.”
Slabotsky’s involvement with JFS started after Executive Director Don Goldman asked him to serve on the agency’s finance committee.
“He knew I was a CPA and thought it might be a great fit,” Slabotsky said. What Don didn’t know is that I only lasted in the accounting world for two years and vowed to put financial statements behind me.”
Slabotsky met Goldman for coffee anyway to learn more about JFS.
“After hearing about the myriad of ways JFS helps people, I was hooked and asked if I could have a seat on the board with absolutely zero finance committee responsibilities,” and Slabotsky joined the board and got involved with various activities.
What impressed Slabotsky the most about JFS?
“JFS serves more than 10,000 people per year. That is a LOT of people who rely on JFS for specific services that may not be available elsewhere,” Slabotsky said. “I’ve attended multiple events where actual people who utilize JFS services speak and share how grateful they are. It’s deeply moving to hear their stories and validates the importance of JFS.”
While Slabotsky has been involved with a number of things at JFS, by far his favorite to date has been Trivia Bash.
“This is an event that a team of us created almost eight years ago and is still going strong today,” Slabotsky said. “It brings about 150 people together for a night of entertainment and opportunity to learn how to get more involved with JFS.”
While Trivia Bash has been on hiatus during Covid, Slabotsky and others hope it will come back soon.
“Noah has been the emcee ever since the beginning of Trivia Bash, always bringing enthusiasm, fun and passion for JFS and engaging so many people in the important work of JFS,” said Taly Friedman, JFS Director of Corporate Partnerships, who has worked closely with Slabotsky. “We were so fortunate to have Noah be the Open House emcee, too, where he kept people entertained with his toilet paper jokes while also educating them about JFS.”
No longer a CPA, Noah Slabotsky is in business with his dad in the Slabotsky Family Office, “which allows us to have fun investing together in property all over the Midwest,” he said.
When he’s not working or volunteering, Slabotsky loves to travel with his wife, Rachel.
“Some of our favorite places are Greece, Thailand, Viet Nam, and most recently Finland – the Northern Lights are insane,” he said. Recently, Slabotsky has taken up pickleball and occasionally plays in local leagues and tournaments.
Slabotsky encourages others to consider volunteering for JFS in some capacity.
“It’s super rewarding, the people are great, and there’s a variety of different programs to pique your interest,” Slabotsky said. “After volunteering just once I can guarantee you’ll be hooked.”