JCC Tzahal Shalom Program 2021

Coming to your home VIRTUALLY
Sunday, April 11 – Sunday, April 25, 2021
Steeped in a long tradition, JCC Tzahal Shalom fosters deeper understanding and connections between the people of Israel and the greater Stamford community by bringing officers from the Israel Defense Force to our community for face-to-face interactions. As travel is currently not an option, join us for a series of meaningful conversations (virtually) with some familiar and extraordinarily talented men and women who continue to represent the best of Israel.

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



The Heart of Israel @ The J
Sunday, Apr. 11 • 12 p.m.

Visit with our past Stamford JCC Shlichim and hear what they have done since and how their experiences serving our community have impacted them.
Adam Weiss (2010-2011) · Ayellet Azura (2011-2012) ·
Tal Benshahar (2012-2013) · Matan Samovsky (2013-2014) ·
Or Berger (2014-2016) · Yael Stolarsky (2016-2018) · Noa Bober (2018-2019)

Spotlight on JCC Tzahal Shalom Alumni
Sunday, Apr. 18 • 11 a.m.

This JCC Tzahal Shalom parlor meeting will take place in your home via zoom, as we hear from past JCC Tzahal Shalom officers who continue to serve Israel and make us proud.

The panel discussion via Zoom features:
Amir Yaniv – 2015 Delegation hosted by Karen and Larry Cowit
Rivka Cohen Rozenblat – 2015 Delegation hosted by Stella and Isaac Cohen
Yaakov Selavan – 2015 Delegation hosted by Ivy and Marvin Schildkraut
Menachem Abraham – 2013 Delegation hosted by Michal Smart and James Smart

Israel in the News
Sunday, Apr. 25 • 12 p.m.

Shaked Igal, Israeli journalist and producer for i24NEWS, who was scheduled to join our 2020 JCC Tzahal Shalom delegation, will report on Israel’s election results and implications, the Abraham Accord and other current news impacting Israel. Moderated by Or Berger, Stamford JCC Shaliach 2014-2016.

Rookie Boot Camp
Sunday, April 11 at 10 a.m.
Major Boot Camp
Sunday, April 25 at 10 a.m.

Get fit with certified personal trainer Ariel Bar Lev (former Combat Fitness Officer). Ariel will teach two fitness classes, one designed for beginners and one more advanced, and will share some nutrition tips. Ariel was part of the 2016 JCC Tzahal Shalom delegation and was hosted by Caryn and Andrew Moss.


All events are free of charge.
Click HERE to register and receive your Zoom link. 



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:

Rav Aluf – Chief of Staff: $5,000

Aluf – Major General: $3,600

Aluf Mishne – Colonel: $2,500

Rav Seren – Major: $1,800

Seren – Captain: $1,000

Segen - First Lieutenant: $500

Segen Mishne – Second Lieutenant: $360

Rav Turai – Corporal: $100

Turai – Private: $50

Teron – Recruit - 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
• ALL elementary, middle and high school students at Bi-Cultural Hebrew 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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