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Announcing The Second Ruderman "Best in Business" Award: Recognizing Companies That Hire People With Disabilities

Last spring, the Ruderman Family Foundation partnered with the Jewish Week Media Group to produce its first Ruderman “Best in Business” supplementrecognizing exemplary businesses that have demonstrated a history of employing people with disabilities, training and supporting them and developing innovative approaches to maximizing employee’s abilities. Ten businesses were selected through a national nomination and review process and were profiled in both a print and online supplement.

Ruderman "Best in Business" Supplement 2015

Cruz Vs. Trump: Who's Most Islamophobic?

The competition among Republican presidential candidates to see who can be the more venal xenophobe reached a new level with Ted Cruz calling for police to begin patrolling Muslim neighborhoods across the United States "before they become radicalized."

At AIPAC Conference, Improved Inclusion Efforts For People With Disabilities

As all organizations know, it is much easier to say you will be inclusive than to actually become inclusive. Real inclusion is intentional, not accidental. It takes real leadership and implementation efforts. Thankfully, during the past two years, AIPAC has made huge strides in this arena.

A Purim-Like Masquerade in Time

“Stealing Time” is a brand-new ballet, with clocks in many scenes, sometimes ticking, numbers flashing, and occasionally dancers forming the circle of a clock’s face. With gorgeous music by Kurt Weill, artful dancing by members of the Gelsey Kirkland Ballet and unexpected details, the ballet is a meditation on time’s mysteries. Sunday afternoon was the final performance of its premiere run, the perfect way to spend a first day of spring with puzzling hints of snow.

Erez Milatin and company in Gelsey Kirkland Ballet's “Stealing Time.” Travis Magee

Music and Art Highlight the 2015 Anne Frank Awards

I don't think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains,” Anne Frank wrote in her “Diary of a Young Girl.”  

Dutch Ambassador Henne Schuwer, and award winners Nicholas Kristof and Cindy McCain. Courtesy Royal Netherlands Embassy

The Art of Giving: A Purim Challenge For People With And Without Disabilities

Guiltily, I admit that sometimes I don’t concentrate on the prayers that I am reciting.  Occasionally, however, a phrase that I have repeated for decades captures my attention. 

Rabbi Michael Levy

McConnell's Real Motivation

No one questions the qualifications, intellect or integrity of the man President Obama nominated to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Judge Merrick Garland won easy bipartisan Senate confirmation to become the chief judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit a decade ago, with the votes and praise of several Republican senators who today, like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), refuse even to extend the courtesy of a personal meeting with the nominee.

The Ruderman White Paper: On Police Violence, Media and Disability

Last week, the Ruderman Family Foundation (RFF) released its first “Ruderman White Paper”—a comprehensive, scholarly investigation of media coverage of disability in instances of police violence from 2013 to 2015. Its focus was to expose the lack of coverage on this important issue. New Normal editor Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer spoke with Jay Ruderman, Foundation President, about why the Foundation is supporting this kind of study.

Police Violence. Courtesy of Stephen Melkisethian/Flickr

New Life For An Offbeat, Hilarious Novel

For most of us, “Oreo” does indeed conjure the beloved cookie. And most of us will not be aware that in the 70s, “Oreo” was the term used to denote those in the US who found themselves at that delicate nexus of Black and Jewish.

Courtesy of New Directions

How Musical-Visual Bar Mitzvah Rituals Communicated My Son’s Essence

On January 18, 2016, my son George Chaim became Bar Mitzvah at our synagogue, Mishkan Shalom. Like my fellow parents who have experienced their adolescent children going through this intensive rite-of-passage, I am still kvelling, sometimes teary-eyed, as I face the reality that we have already experienced thirteen years of his—and my—life together.

The author with her son, George. Courtesy of Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer
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