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Global Competition for Innovation in Inclusion of People with Disabilities
February 26, 2013

The Jewish Federations of North America is pleased to share an exciting opportunity to celebrate international work on the inclusion of people with disabilities in the Jewish community.

The Ruderman Family Foundation has launched the 2013 Ruderman Prize in Disability. The prize, which is being offered for the second year, will provide $250,000 in funding to recognize innovative programs and services that foster full inclusion of people with disabilities in the Jewish community worldwide. The Foundation will give $50,000 awards to five organizations that work in the disability arena, serve those in the Jewish community, and actively champion inclusion in their work.

“This year's Ruderman Prize in Disability will again celebrate exemplars in inclusion, which by example accelerate innovations for people with disabilities and energize the global Jewish community to work toward those ideals,” said Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation.

“We believe this competition will generate new attention to the issue and spur new ambitions, as we work toward our goal of the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the Jewish community, so that these individuals have the same employment, social and religious opportunities as those without disabilities,” Ruderman said.

The Ruderman Family Foundation is dedicated to creating and promoting innovation that fosters inclusion of people with disabilities in the Jewish community and Israel. JFNA has partnered with the Ruderman Family Foundation on a variety of initiatives in past years, including ADVANCE: The Ruderman Jewish Disabilities Funding Conference, which brings together the Jewish community to learn about innovative programs in the field of special needs and disabilities.

In June, the Foundation awarded $200,000 total to 10 organizations. The Foundation received more than 150 applications representing seven countries. The Ruderman Prize recognizes organizations for exemplary existing initiatives rather than making grants for new programs.

The application form for the awards is available on the Foundation's website. Submissions are due on March 18, and winners will be announced in May.

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