Helen Chernikoff's blog

Ruderman Family Foundation Announces Third Annual Inclusion Prize

The Ruderman Family Foundation has announced the launch of the third annual Ruderman Prize in Inclusion global competition. 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 Ruderman Family Foundation.

ruderman.jpg

Seeking Nominations For The JW's 36 Under 36

Deadline: February 28, 2014-- HURRY!

Each year, The Jewish Week publishes in print and online a special section profiling 36 up-and-coming Jewish New Yorkers.This special issue will be published in print on June 6 and online June 4, 2014.

We look for individuals who, to paraphrase the sage Hillel, are for themselves but not for themselves alone, who are high achievers in their respective fields and who have gone above and beyond to help others.

Help us find this year's 36 Under 36!

ReelAbilities Film Fest: Watch Trailer, Tix Available

The JCC in Manhattan presents the 6th Annual Reelabilites Film Festival, the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. 

 

 

The festival runs MARCH 6 - 11 in more than 30 locations through the city.

Avonte's Law: Gov't Will Pay For GPS Devices

The Justice Department will pay for GPS tracking devices for children with autism or other conditions as it does for senior citizens with Alzheimers who are at risk of being separated from their caregivers, according to the Associated Press.

Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, proposed Avonte's Law. Getty Images

Harvard Prof. Receives $100K From Ruderman For Inclusion Work

The growing move for inclusion in the Jewish community got a big push this week with the launch of a $100,000 prize from the Ruderman Family Foundation.

William P. Alford, chair of the Harvard Law Project on Disability, left, prize-winner Michael Stein, center. Aynsley Floyd

A Graduate Student Earns Her Doctorate, And Thanks The Parents Who Inspired Her

Yesterday, I defended my dissertation, which explored the role of religion on the daily livesof Jewish parents of children with autism. I am grateful both to the people who supported me through the years – my family, friends, classmates and professors – and also to the parents who participated in my research.

Frances Victory

Movements Announce Cross-Denominational Synagogue Inclusion Effort

The Reform, Reconstructionist, Orthodox and Conservative movements announced on Monday a plan for collaborating to work toward the increased inclusion of people with disabilities in synagogues.

Rabbi Lynne Landsberg of the URJ has helped to spearhead the Hineinu initiative.

What Does The Fox Say? Gateways Knows

Gateways: Access to Jewish Education, the Boston-area non-profit that aims to facilitate participation in Jewish life by students with special needs, is trying to go viral, after its fashion.

Tonight Is The Night!

We here at the New Normal are very excited to say that tonight will be hosting Eustacia Cutler, Susan Nussbaum and Dr. Nancy Crown at "Understanding Difference," a public discussion about disability and inclusion.

Susan Nussbaum

'Understanding Difference' Countdown

We posted here earlier about an important upcoming event  -- it's "Understanding Difference," a public discussion about disability in the Jewish community.

Monday, October 28, 7:30 PM
Syndicate content