JCC Tzahal Shalom Program

Sunday, March 31 – Sunday, April 7

Steeped in a long tradition of fostering a deeper understanding of and connection between the people of Israel and Stamford, the Stamford JCC welcomes 7 officers serving in the reserves of the Israel Defense Forces. The primary goal of their visit is to strengthen the unity of Jewish peoplehood, facilitate community-wide Israel education, and build long-lasting, impactful  relationships through face-to-face interactions.

The officers visit schools throughout Stamford and the surrounding communities, as well as meet with adult groups and government officials.


Make YOUR connection to Israel.

For more information about the program, contact Nancy Schiffman at 203.487.0941 or nschiffman@stamfordjcc.org.




Register for these events HERE.


The Women of Tzahal
Monday, Apr. 1 • 10 - 11:30 a.m. at a private home
The Center Women of The J, Chabad JWC - Jewish Women Connected, Women’s Philanthropy of UJF, The Stamford Chapter of Hadassah, and all community women are welcome to join an intimate dialogue with the female officers.

Jewish Historical Society & Jewish War Veterans
Monday, Apr. 1 • 3:30 – 5 p.m. at the Harry Bennett Library
All are welcome.

Tzahal Speaks to Teens
Monday, Apr. 1 • 7 p.m. at The J
BBYO and all teens welcome.

U.S. Military & IDF Veterans Panel Discussion
Monday, Apr. 1 • 7:30 p.m. at the VFW - 205 Noroton Ave., Darien

Comparing experiences from two of the world’s most actively engaged militaries. A moderated discussion. All are welcome.

Women of Tzahal at Women’s Community Seder
Tuesday, Apr. 2 • 5:15 p.m. at Temple Beth El

Tzahal Speaks at Greenwich Reform Synagogue
Tuesday, Apr. 2 • 7:30 p.m. at GRS - 92 Orchard St, Cos Cob
All are welcome.

JCC Tzahal Shalom Town Hall Meeting
Wednesday, Apr. 3 • 7:30 p.m. at The J
Meet all seven IDF officers as they share their experiences and answer questions. All are welcome.

Young Professionals’ Night Out with Tzahal in NYC
Thursday, April 4 • 7:30 p.m. at Juke Bar - 196 2nd Ave.
(between 12th & 13th St)

Seniors & Tzahal
Friday, April 5 • 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at The J
Senior adults join the officers for conversation and lunch. $6 Suggested donation.

NEW! Shabbat Dinner with Tzahal Shalom
Friday, April 5 • 5:15 - 7 p.m. at The J
Welcome Shabbat with our visiting JCC Tzahal Shalom soldiers and enjoy a traditional Shabbat dinner. Children and family friendly. All ages welcome. Dietary laws observed.
$12 children 12 and under / $18 adults and children 13+
Please register for Shabbat Dinner HERE.

Brewing up Tzahal with Karaoke
Saturday, April 6 • 9 p.m. at Lock City Brewery
54 Research Drive, Stamford
Join the JCC Tzahal Shalom officers for hand crafted beer, a little karaoke and a lot of laughs. Adults only. $20 Suggested donation.


Register for these events HERE.



“When I was asked if I would be interested in taking part of an IDF Reservists Delegation, I did not understand that I had agreed to take part in an experience that would stay with me forever!

From the moment we arrived, all of you in the JCC welcomed us with such warmth and love and made us feel like we were part of the community right from the start.

Over the course of the week, I was witnessed to your incredibly hard work. Planning and recruiting, finding host families who in the future would become our families forever, meeting with the young and the old of the community, and busy days and nights.

It was clear that you were trying to take advantage of every minute you had with us for the sake of improving Israel and the Israel Defense Force’s image in the United States.

It is quite amazing to think that no one asks you to do these things, but you have such great intentions, will and belief that you are doing the right thing. I always knew that the Jewish community in the United States supported Israel and the Israel Defense Force, but I never imagined how powerful and loving you were.

If only I could have known in my military service days that I was defending not only 8 million Israeli citizens, but also about 6 million Jews in America, I would have been so much prouder of my service.

According to the Bible, the Land of Israel was divided into 12 tribes. Many believe that as of today 11 of the tribes can be found in Israel.

I personally feel that this week, I have found the missing tribe, the 12th tribe, the tribe of the American Jews.

I want to emphasize that not only do I now have a new and great family in Stamford, but each one of you now has a family in Israel.  I hope that we will meet again soon, thank you for an experience of a lifetime."

- Noam Shechter Elya



To donate to the JCC Tzahal Shalom:

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

Major - Rav Seren: $1,800 

Captain – 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...

Each year the JCC Tzahal Shalom program brings seven Israeli officers to Stamford for a cross-cultural encounter with our community. The primary goal of the program is to deepen mutual understanding and 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.

Each year the seven officers of the Israel Defense Forces who participated in the Stamford JCC’s Tzahal Shalom program make meaningful connections with:

• 1,000 high school students at over 10 different public high schools
• 100 teens involved in after school Jewish programming/youth groups
• 600 elementary and middle school students at Bi-Cultural Day School and Carmel Academy
• All of the children in the local synagogues and religious schools
• Shabbat congregants at local synagogues
• 225 children in after school and preschool programs at the JCC
• 500 adults at events throughout the community
• 100 seniors at the JCC and in assisted living facilities
• 200 college students and faculty when officers visit while universities and colleges are in session
• 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.

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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