Jay Ruderman

JFNA, Ruderman Foundation Launch Disability Employment Initiative

10/07/2013
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The Jewish Federations of North America and the Ruderman Family Foundation will be placing young adults with disabilities in internships and fellowships at five federation offices in an effort to promote disability inclusion in the Jewish community.

A New Institute Is Born, Because Including People With Disabilities Takes Skill

We often ask ourselves what would happen if our leaders were skilled at including people with disabilities and their families as full participants in the lives of their communities?

Steven Eidelman

University Of Haifa Starts Israel's First Program For Study Of American Jewry

08/12/2013
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Israel’s first-ever academic program devoted to the study of American Jewry is launching this fall at the University of Haifa. According to the Jewish News Service (JNS), the Ruderman Family Foundation made an initial $1 million contribution to the one-year, seven-course program, an amount matched by University of Haifa.

A B'nai Amoona Congregant On Why It Won The Ruderman Prize

During my seven summers at Ramah Wisconsin’s Tikvah program, I learned that my bunkmates from other cities struggled to be included with their Jewish peers in their own communities. Many of my disabled peers often had their only Jewish education and Jewish peer interactions during the summer at Ramah, while I felt very fortunate to have had a strong group of Jewish peers and a regular Jewish education at my own synagogue, B’nai Amoona in St. Louis, MO.

Kenneth Kalman and one of the senators from his homestate of Missouri, Claire McCaskill

At Disabilities Conference, French-Israeli Paralympian Charms And Inspires

Athlete and filmmaker Pascale Bercovitch made a somewhat unusual entrance when she delivered her speech at last week’s ADVANCE conference, a gathering for Jewish philanthropists interested in disability programs and services.
Because she has no legs, Bercovitch, 45, wheeled herself to the front of the room, in an event space in Soho. But because her arms and abdominal muscles are stronger than those of most people who do have legs, from her wheelchair she easily hoisted herself onto a tall chair, where she wriggled a few times to settle herself comfortably, grinning at her audience the entire time.

Jay Ruderman and Pascale Bercovitch. Photo courtesy The Ruderman Foundation

What Stav Learned: There Is No Such Thing As A 'Normal' Person

Editor’s Note: This past school year, Alon and Gida, students in the Ben Yehuda School for children with special needs and Stav and Noam, students in the Tali Bet Chinuch School, were selected by their teachers to write about their experiences in LOTEM, an organization in Israel that offers hikes and educational nature activities to people with disabilities. Alon, Goda, Stav and Noam’s program brings together children with disabilities and those from a regular education class. They also wrote as a group about their experience. One of the students from the regular education class wrote while the other children dictated. Then Alisa Bodner, who works with both LOTEM and its partner, The Jewish National Fund, translated the piece into English and indicated which student made individual remarks. 

Gida and Stav. Photo courtesy LOTEM

Be The Change: Any Project Can Become More Inclusive

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer

Jay Ruderman

Enabling Inclusion: The Ruderman Foundation Welcomes The New Normal

To the editors of The Jewish Week,

Congratulations to The Jewish Week for launching “The New Normal,” your new disability blog! The title strikes a perfect balance between what was and the change we are creating. Your welcome initiative is part of an important shift in the dialogue around people with disabilities in Jewish life.

Jay Ruderman
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