Ruderman Family Foundation launches fourth annual Jewish inclusion competition

Gabe Friedman

NEW YORK (JTA) — The Ruderman Family Foundation has launched its fourth annual Ruderman Prize in Inclusion competition, an international contest that awards multiple Jewish organizations for contributions to the field of inclusion.

As in previous years, the foundation will award five different organizations $50,000 each for innovative methods of integrating people with disabilities into the Jewish community. Last year’s winners included programs in Houston, St. Paul, Minn., and Toronto, as well as in Australia and at Israel’s Bar-Ilan University.

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“Innovative organizations in the global Jewish community are leading the way in promoting the full inclusion of people with disabilities in our society,” said Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation, in a news release. “We believe that by recognizing the most creative and impactful of these organizations through the Ruderman Prize in Inclusion that our Jewish community will be inspired by their example and seek to become a more inclusive community for all.”

Winners of the contest will be announced in June.