Jewish Group Launches Third $250k Prize for Inclusion of People With Disabilities

Prize to be split by five organizations, Ruderman Family Foundation says.

The Ruderman Family Foundation announced Tuesday the launch of the third annual global Ruderman Prize in Inclusion. The prize recognizes organizations who have demonstrated their commitment to the full inclusion of people with disabilities into the Jewish community through innovative programs and services. The $250,000 prize will be split equally by 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 foundation. It is our hope that by shining a light on the leaders in inclusion in our community that 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.

Fifteen organizations from Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Mexico, Israel, South Africa and Argentina have been recipients of the prize and winners have included schools, a synagogue, a dance company, a bakery and organizations that serve all Jews, whether they have a disability or not.

The Ruderman Family Foundation advocates equal opportunity for people with disabilities. It has offices in the United States and Israel.