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Focus On Jewish Disabilities Awareness


In recent years the Ruderman Family Foundation, based in Boston and Israel, has emerged to play a leading role in advocating for greater inclusion of people with disabilities in Jewish life. February is Jewish Disabilities Awareness Month, a time to remind our readers that The Jewish Week’s well-read, innovative blog, “The New Normal: Blogging Disability,” highlights successes and challenges through important voices on inclusion. The writers include people with disabilities, their family members, professionals in the field and others seeking to educate the community about the practical, moral and ethical importance of inclusion.

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Ruderman Foundation Calls On CNN To Apologize For Anchor's Disparaging Tweet

Jay Ruderman, President of the Ruderman Family Foundation and a national leader on disability inclusion issues, has called on CNN to apologize for a derogatory remark toward people with disabilities made by CNN anchorman Jim Clancy.

In a bizarre Twitter exchange, CNN Anchor Jim Clancy responded to a critical Tweet with “Get a grip, junior. It’s my Friday night. You and the Hasbara team need to pick on some cripple on the edge of the herd.”

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TIPTOE 2014: First Place

The Ruderman Family Foundation and Camp Ramah teamed up to create a video contest drawing on contestants' experiences at inclusive summer camps. Simone Rotman took top honors.


Ruderman Foundation Awards First $100,000 Inclusion Prize

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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

Both Pioneers: Early Zionists, And Today's Inclusion Advocates

Last week I observed a first-of-its kind gathering – a five-day intensive professional training for American Jewish leaders on inclusion of people with disabilities. The forum took place in a kosher retreat center outside of Baltimore, and people had came from many cities to learn a special curriculum that was designed by inclusion experts Shelly Christensen and Prof. Steve Eidelman.

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

URJ Biennial: Will This Be The Year Of Inclusion?

In just a couple of days, nearly five thousand Reform Jews will descend upon the San Diego Convention Center for the 72nd Union of Reform Judaism Biennial Convention. Despite that impressive number, this experience has not been fully inclusive of those with disabilities.

Lisa Friedman

First City Day School For Children With Disabilities Finds A Home

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New York City’s first Jewish day school for children with disabilities is planning to build its home on the site of what used to be an Upper West Side synagogue’s pool.

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
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