JCC Tzahal Shalom Program

JCC Tzahal Shalom
Sunday, April 26 – Sunday, May 3, 2020
Be a Host Family to a JCC Tzahal Shalom Officer We are actively seeking Jewish host families who are JCC members to host Israeli officers during this year’s Tzahal Shalom visit. Imagine the impact it would have on you and your family to open your home and your heart to an Israeli officer for seven days. Host Family applications are available HERE and are due by February 1 to Nancy Schiffman, Associate Executive Director, Development & Signature Programs.

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



“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.

Subscribe to Our Newsletter!

Next Upcoming Event...


Virtual JCC Book Club - Heat and Dust

Love to read? Enjoy meaningful discussions? Interested in getting to know people in a different way? Join us for the next meeting of the JCC Book Club as we discuss the book Heat and Dust by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala. The JCC Book Club will meet every