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Dear Gayle, Russell and Team,




Thank you for being a pleasure to work with. Thank you for providing staff that were attentive and friendly. Thank you for a beautifully set up room that was both elegant and inviting. Thank you for the absolutely scrumptious food that our guests are still talking about months later. Thank you for creating an atmosphere with all the class and sophistication of a formal affair and all the warmth of a casual get-together. 


Thank you for partnering with us to create a meaningful and beautiful Bat Mitzvah experience that our daughter, our friends and our family will always remember.


Thank you for being a part of our simcha!


Racheli and Mordy Hackel

posted 09/15/2023 by Morgan S

We had the absolute best wedding at Temple Beth Torah!! Cannot thank Gayle and Russ enough for helping to make our wedding dreams come true. The space itself is beautiful, and really came together so amazingly. The number one thing we were told from guests was how amazing the food was!! The planning part was seamless and made very easy. Truly such an incredible experience there. Thank you for everything!!!

posted 08/11/2023 by Beth S

After our wedding on June 25, 2023 at Temple Beth Torah in Melville, our guests were RAVING about how delicious the food was, and how beautiful the sanctuary and reception room were! One guest said "whoever thought of combining mashed potatoes and brisket in a martini glass is my hero." Gayle and Russ were so patient throughout the whole process in answering our (many) questions, and went out of their way to help us create the wedding of our dreams! They were super-accommodating, especially for our guests' various dietary/allergy needs! The venue is stunningly beautiful, and had spaces that were perfect for all of our needs. And, even if everything wouldn't have been as wonderful, it still would've been worth it because of the bridal attendant, Ms. T! Ms. T is worth much more than her weight in gold, and worked throughout the entire day to make sure we and our families and bridal party were taken care of (even feeding me fruit during a pause between photographs!) She was so attentive, friendly, kind, and upbeat, and also knew exactly what to do (even when we couldn't think of it ourselves) to fix any problem that arose (including helping to adjust a bridesmaid's dress, and helping to quickly remove glass when I accidentally knocked over a vase on the floor)! Ms. T truly went above and beyond and made sure we drank water and ate as much as possible during our very busy wedding day, and even picked out black-and-white cookies to include in the bridal suite for our alone time because she heard they were our favorite! We would definitely recommend Temple Beth Torah-Melville and Gala Catering for anyone looking to host an amazing event!

posted 08/06/2023 by Amanda L

Our wedding at Temple Beth Torah was amazing. The food and presentation were outstanding and the venue itself is beautiful. Each room is unique, especially the cocktail room. From our pictures, it looks like we had our venue at a country club, night club, and temple all in one. Ms. T was amazing- we cannot say enough good things. She helped our family and guests with anything and everything we needed. Thank you to Russ, Gayle, and the Gala team for a fabulous event!


posted 08/03/2023 by Evan S

We just got married at Temple Beth Torah. We had a wonderful wedding, everything went to plan and we couldn’t be happier! Gayle and Russ worked with us every step of the way, meeting multiple times and accommodating us with several unique requests we had. They were always available to answer questions we had, and they took and helped set up our wedding items in advance so we didn’t have to worry about a lot of things on the day of the wedding. When it came to the day of the wedding, the venue and staff were phenomenal. Everyone raved about the food and service, the staff were attentive and the food just kept coming. Our bridal attendant, Miss T, was especially amazing. Miss T ran around all day, fixing everyone’s dresses (including the bride, mother of the bride and mother of the groom), locating lost items, and helped make us laugh during nervous moments. She brought us food in the bridal suite and made sure we ate at dinner, and ran around the dance floor handing us water and drinks so we could keep partying! She even snuck in to help us cut the cake, and at the end of the night helped us pack up everything and get the bride out of her wedding dress. We had an amazing incredible wedding, and it was all thanks to the efforts of Russ, Gayle, Miss T, and Gala Weddings.

posted 08/01/2023 by Barbara S

Our son got married at Temple Beth Torah on July 30, 2023. We can not thank Gayle and Russell enough for this absolutely stunning, beautiful, magical event they provided. They are extremely easy to work with. Their attention to details was beyond compare. Everything was taken care of for us. They give you 1000 percent of their time, effort and energy devoted to you and your affair. The venue is absolutely gorgeous. Their staff is attentive, helpful andprofessional. Their bridal attendant- Ms. T is an absolute angel on earth. So helpful, upbeat and can conquer any issue that may arise. The food is delicious and their dessert parade is to die for. I would strongly recommend to anyone looking for a venue for any type of affair to check out Temple Beth Torah- Gala Events. You will not be disappointed.


posted 06/22/2023 by Nikki F (updated 06/23/2023 )

We got married on Saturday, June 10th at Temple Beth Torah. I had my Bat Mitzvah there when I was 13 years old and it was so meaningful being a bride there! IT WAS THE BEST DAY OF OUR LIVES! It was truly perfect and magical! Gayle and Russ were the most patient, easy-going, understanding, and amazing people to work with. They sat with us and listened to our vision and made it come to life. We will miss working with them! Ms. T was OUTSTANDING! She was there any second you needed her, whether it was for a drink, lipstick, helping with pictures, helping with my train, bustle, anything and everything! There is nothing that she couldn’t do and she is just so full of life and makes the day, so energetic, and positive. We were in the very best of hands. I couldn’t have envisioned a more amazing wedding day thanks to everyone at Temple Beth Torah! Our friends and family are still calling us to rave about the food!!! It was the best cocktail hour anyone has ever been to with sushi, tacos, lamb chops, pizza, pasta, mini grilled cheese, tuna tacos, Peter Lugers station, ice slide, it was just never ending! The dessert was incredible!!!!!!!! It was more dessert than any other wedding….the dessert parade, bakery, hot pretzels as guests left made everyone compliment and call to rave over and over! They didn’t leave a single thing out. They made sure every single guest left full and smiling! They helped us collect all of our items at the end of the night. They were there every step of the way to make sure it was the best night and it was. I couldn’t have dreamed of a more perfect wedding day! Thank you so much Gayle, Russ, Bob and all at Gala Events!!!!! Nikki Friedman Keiser and Rob Keiser ❤️

posted 09/20/2022 by Jillian S (updated 06/23/2023 )

Where do I even begin? We just got back from our 12-day honeymoon and I still can't believe how amazing our wedding was. From the day that we locked down our wedding date with Temple Beth Torah, Gayle and Russ made the process SO easy. They are professionals and they know exactly what they are doing. The engagement period can be extremely stressful and overwhelming with a lot of details. I think I emailed Russ at least 50 different times in the month of August with all different questions and I ALWAYS received an answer back from him within the hour... most of the time I even received his response minutes later. This was truly a game changer. It is very hard to find venues where the caterer responds to you so quickly. A special shout out to Ms. T - she became my best friend the second I walked through the Temple doors that day. She is freaking awesome. If she doesn't put you in the best mood ever, then no one ever will! I was blown away with how charismatic and wonderful she was. Not to mention, she has the solution to everything. A button fell off of my bustle towards the end of the night, and just as I noticed my dress was dragging on the floor, Ms. T comes running in with her sewing kit and all her tools. Yes, she sewed my bustle up while I was dancing with my friends and yes, she fixed it within 2 minutes. She made sure I was well-fed and hydrated all night. She also carried my lipstick everywhere I went so she can reapply it to my lips every hour. She is truly an angel. Thank you Gala Event & Food Artistry for the most amazing and memorable wedding


Gala Event & Food Artistry at Temple Beth Torah of Melville, offers premium kosher catering in a stunning ballroom setting. 

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