Ruderman Foundation announces Prize in Inclusion deadline

(JTA) — The Ruderman Family Foundation announced the deadline for its annual Prize in Inclusion global competition.

Applications for the award, which recognizes organizations that have demonstrated their commitment to the full inclusion of people with disabilities into the Jewish community through innovative programs and services, must be submitted by April 7. The winners will be announced in June.

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Five organizations will split equal shares of the $250,000 award. The 15 prize winners have come from around the world.

“Our foundation is seeking to recognize and award excellence in the inclusion of people with disabilities in our Jewish community around the globe,” said Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation. “It is our hope that by shining a light on the leaders in inclusion in our community that we will encourage other organizations to follow their lead and effectuate lasting change. We believe that a more inclusive Jewish community is a fair and flourishing one for all.”

Prize winners have come from Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, Mexico, Israel, South Africa and Argentina. They include schools, a synagogue, a dance company, a bakery and organizations that serve Jews with and without disabilities.

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