JCC Tzahal Shalom Program

Celebrating our Double Chai Anniversary! Strengthening our connection to Israel for 36 years


Meet Active Duty IDF Officers
A week of community events
May 4  May 11

Make YOUR Connection!

Tzahal Shalom is organized by the Stamford Jewish Community Center, in cooperation with the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. Each year the JCC Tzahal Shalom program brings seven active-duty Israeli officers to the Stamford community for a cross-cultural encounter in a variety of settings. The primary goal of the program is to strengthen the unity of the Jewish people. Americans and Israelis are given opportunities to learn about each other and their societies, person-to-person, while building lasting relationships and a profound sense of extended family. For more information, contact Nancy Schiffman at 203.487.0941 or nschiffman@stamfordjcc.org.



You’re invited to join the officers ...

Retired Men’s Club & Jewish War Veterans
Monday, May 5 • 10 – 11 a.m.
at the Stamford JCC

The Women of Tzahal
Monday, May 5 • 10 – 11:30 a.m.
at a private home
Women Connect of Chabad, Women’s Philanthropy of UJF, The Stamford Chapter of Hadassah, The Center Women of the JCC and all community women are welcome to join an intimate dialogue with the female officers.

Jewish Historical Society
Monday, May 5 • 3:30 – 5 p.m.
at the Harry Bennett Library on Vine Rd
All are welcome.

Community Yom Ha’Atzmaut Celebration
Tuesday, May 6 • 5:30 – 7 p.m.
at the Stamford JCC
Celebrate Israel’s 66th birthday with the JCC Tzahal Shalom officers at a festival of fun.
$5 per person

Yom Ha’Atzmaut Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, May 6 • 7:30 p.m.
at the Stamford JCC
Meet all seven active duty IDF officers as they share their experiences and answer questions. All are welcome.

Tzahal Speaks to Teens
Wednesday, May 7 • 7 p.m.
at the Stamford JCC
BBYO, Kulanu & all teens grades 8-12 are welcome.

Parlor Meetings
Wednesday, May 7 • 7:30 p.m.
• Hadassah (at a private home)
• UJF Young Leadership Division (at a private home)
Thursday, May 8 • 7:30 p.m.
• at Temple Sholom, Greenwich
• at a private home in Stamford

Senior Lunch
Friday, May 9 • 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
at the Stamford JCC
Senior adults join the officers for lunch.
Suggested donation $3.

Shabbat Services
Friday night, May 9 at Temple Sinai
Saturday morning, May 10 at Congregation Agudath Sholom, Young Israel, Temple Beth El (Stamford) and Temple Beth El (Norwalk)

Cocktails & Comedy Fundraiser
Saturday, May 10 • 9 p.m.
at the Stamford JCC
Join us for drinks, dessert and lots of fun as we celebrate the 36th anniversary of JCC Tzahal Shalom. Toast the IDF officers and share the laughter as MODI, named one of New York City’s top 10 comedians, takes the JCC stage. Purchase tables or individual tickets early as this event sold out last year. $50 per person by May 8; $60 per person at the door; $500 to reserve a table for 10; $750 to reserve a premium table for 10. Click here to purchase tickets. Dairy dessert bar. Dietary laws observed. Must be 18+ to attend.



Chairs Cocktails & Comedy Committee Host Families
Risa Goldblum Debbie & Stan Lee – Chair Karen & Jonathan Adams
Wendy Handler Noemi & Billy Berkoff Shara & David Israel
Jeannie Kriftcher Susie & Andrew Gold Sheri & Dave Jacobson
Elicia & Jay Lang Elise & Oren Klein
Committee Fern & Steve Schapiro Rosa & Saiid Rastegar
Nancy Benjamin Joy & Barry Schwartz Ora & David Taub
Nancy Fahey Robin & Fred Wexler Sharon & Robert Yudell
Tova Feldstein Lorri & Rob Zabronsky
Alan Freeman
Susie Gold Buddy Families
Joy Katz Nancy & Brad Benjamin
Liz Kitay Stacy Minskoff & Eliot Essenfeld
Debbie Lee Nancy & Kevin Fahey
Lisa Popper Elissa Stein & Ted Listokin
Claudia Rimerman Joy & Barry Schwartz
Joy Schwartz Michal & James Smart
Amy Temple Pam & Rich Vogel
Sigal Zarmi

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We thank the following who have joined our donor ranks in 2013


General – Ramatkal  Colonel – Aluf Recruit - Teron
Pamela & Richard Vogel Jeannie & Brian Kriftcher Melissa & Adam Barkin
Karen & Lawrence Cowit
Captain – Rav Seren Lieutenant – Segen Etta & Jay Feinsod
Frances & Gerry Ginsburg Nancy & Brad Benjamin Sharon & Michael Feldstein
Robin Frederick & Michael Gold Sharon & Steven Chrust Tova Feldstein
Susan & Andrew Gold Malerie Yolen-Cohen & Jeff Cohen Suzanne & Robert Fruithandler
Risa & Jeffrey Goldblum Connie & Alan Freeman Hillary & Kalman Gaizler
Debbie & Stan Lee Kayla Mazer & Leon Hanna Laura & Marc Gallant
Elissa Stein & Ted Listokin Laura & Dan Katz Cynthia Bellusci & David Grafstein
Claudia & Howard Rimerman Elizabeth & Scott Krowitz Denise & David Greenman
Joy & Barry Schwartz Susan & Leonard Mark Dena Kaplan
Terry Newman & David Rubin Hazel & David Katz
Sergeant – Samal Nanci & Marc Kirshner
Stephne & Kerrin Behrend Private – Turai Sandy & Eric Koehler
Noemi & William Berkoff Jeri & Mark Appel Lorraine & David Kweskin
Joan & Jeffrey A. Cohen Brenda Piskin & Andrew DiFiore Hope & Peter Levensohn
Rachel & Nimrod Dayan Meryl & David Gordon Harriet Malkin 
Nancy & Kevin Fahey Karen & Robert Katchko Francine Pastore
Jennifer & Gregory Fuchs  Joy & Larry Katz Rhonna & Brian Rogol
Caryn Halbrecht & Tomas Haendler Karen & Jonathan Malkin Benjamin Rosenthal
Betsy & Peter Kempner Jamie Morvitz & Matthew Miller Dana & Bradley Roth
Wendi & Edward Schechter Joan & Robert Rosenthal Cathy & David Satz
Ivy & Marvin Schildkraut Miriam & Michael Schechter Nancy Schiffman
Edith Singer Amy & Andy Silberfein
  Deborah & John Tomsky Bonnie Silverman
Gail G. & Stephen Trell Karen Simon
Barbara & Harry Webski Paula & Steve Simon
Sigal & Itai Zarmi Moira & Brian Snover
Ailene & Steve Tisser
Fran Wasserman
Betsy Blumberg & Douglas Watson
Nurit & Mark Wexler
Amy & Ken Temple
Melinda & Victor Velez



The JCC Tzahal Shalom program exists through the generous support of people like you. Enlist for this special mission and be part of the elite forces that have kept the program going for more than 30 years.*

Our supporters’ ranks include:

General – Ramatkal: $5,000

Colonel – Aluf: $2,500

Captain – Rav Seren: $1,000

Lieutenant – Segen: $500

Sargeant – Samai: $360

Private – Turai: $180

Recruit - Teron: Other 

There are three ways to donate.

1. Click here to donate online.

2. Mail a check to the Stamford Jewish Community Center, 1035 Newfield Avenue, Stamford, CT 06905 with “Tzahal Shalom” written in the memo of your check.

3. Stop by the JCC.



Did you know...

Last year alone, the seven officers of the Israel Defense Forces who participated in the Stamford JCC’s Tzahal Shalom program made a meaningful connection with:

• 1,000 high school students at 7 different high schools (Westhill, Stamford, AITE, Greenwich, New Canaan, King,
  and Norwalk’s Brien McMahon)

• 100 teens involved in after school Jewish programming/youth groups

• 600 elementary and middle school students at Bi-Cultural Day School and Westchester Fairfield Hebrew Academy

• All of the children in the Congregation Agudath Sholom, Temple Beth El and Temple Sinai religious schools

• Shabbat congregants at Congregation Agudath Sholom, Temple Beth El and Temple Sinai

• 225 children in after school and preschool programs at the JCC

• Clergy representing 6 different churches in Stamford

• 350 adults at 12 events throughout the community

• 50 seniors in assisted living facilities, plus 100 additional seniors in JCC programs

• The Mayor of Stamford

• Top brass at the Stamford Police Department

• 7 lucky host families

• Countless fellow IDF soldiers back in Israel when they returned and shared the incredible support and love,
  that American Jewry has for Israel.

We expect to reach an even broader audience with this year’s Tzahal Shalom program, including conversations with students and faculty at area universities.

Tzahal Shalom is funded entirely through the generosity of individuals in our community. Please help support this important initiative. Tax-deductible contributions may be made to the Stamford JCC.

Click here to make a donation online.

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