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Give Your Child the Most Meaningful Gift
Gift of Israel (GOI) is an incentive savings program in which families, congregations, and the Jewish Federation Foundation each contribute funds toward an educational program in Israel. The program strengthens American Jewish youth identity and fosters the relationship between Israel and American Jewry.
Children in the Rhode Island Jewish community are eligible for enrollment between the 3rd - 6th grades and in an approved Jewish studies program.
For those enrolling in 3rd grade: Each year the family contributes $150, the participating congregation will contribute $50, and the Jewish Federation Foundation will match these contributions with $200, for a total of $400 per year.
For those enrolling in the program in the 4th - 6th grades, a catch-up payment program is available.
A child can go on an Israel trip as early as the conclusion of 10th grade. However, the accumulated funds may remain in the account and be used during college years or until age 26 for a study program approved by the Israel Travel Committee.
How to Enroll Your Child
Read through the Enrollment Kit and Rules of Participation to become more familiar with the Gift of Israel program. If you have any questions, contact the Israel Desk at 401.421.4111 ext. 179.
Complete the Participation Agreement and return it to the Israel Desk at the Jewish Alliance, during the open enrollment period: September 1st - May 1st. Include a $50 registration fee, payable to the Jewish Alliance of Greater RI. Your copy of the Participation Agreement will be returned to you after we have received confirmation of your deposit from Signature Bank.
Complete the Gift of Israel Signature Bank Account Application Form and send it along with your first check to the Jewish Alliance. Mark the check payable to Jewish Federation Foundation f/b/o your child’s name. Signature Bank will send you a receipt of your deposit as well as a new deposit form to use with next year's payment. All family funds must be received by Signature Bank by May 1st of each year in order to receive community funds.
Gift of Israel is coordinated by the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island and supported through the Jewish Federation Foundation endowment fund.
Gift of Israel FAQs
Enrollment Kit and Rules of Participation
Application for using GOI funds
Disbursement form from Signature Bank
Instructions for Signature Bank disbursement form
GOI approved trips
Application for travel on non-traditional trips
For more information, contact Dori Adler at 401.421.4111 ext. 179.