The Ruderman Family Foundation opened the global competition for the third annual Ruderman Prize in Inclusion on Tuesday.
The prize recognizes organizations that have demonstrated commitment to the full inclusion of people with disabilities into the Jewish community through innovative programs and services. Like last year, the $250,000 prize will be split equally among five organizations.
“Our foundation is seeking to recognize and award excellence in the inclusion of people with disabilities in our Jewish community around the globe,” said Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation.
Over the past two years, 15 groups have been recipients of the prize, including organizations in Israel, Russia, UK, the United States, Mexico, South Africa and Argentina. They have included schools, a synagogue, a dance company, a bakery and organizations that serve all people in the Jewish community, whether they have a disability or not.
“It is our hope that by shining a light on the leaders in inclusion in our community we will encourage other organizations to follow their lead and effectuate lasting change.
We believe that a more inclusive Jewish community is a fair and flourishing one for all,” said Ruderman.
Application for the award is available through the foundations’ website, rudermanfoundation.
org. The deadline for submissions is April 7, with the winners announced in June.
The Ruderman Family Foundation provides funding, leadership and expertise in the US and Israel, in core areas of interest – advocating for and advancing the inclusion of people with disabilities throughout the Jewish community, fostering a more nuanced understanding of the American Jewish community among Israeli leaders and modeling the practice of strategic philanthropy worldwide.