Ruderman Family Foundation, a JDC Partner, Announces Disability Prizes

The Ruderman Family Foundation, the Boston and Israel-based foundation that JDC partners with on important efforts for the inclusion of people with disabilities in Israel,  announced the winners of its 2013 Ruderman Prize in Disability. The award honors innovation in the inclusion of people with disabilities in the Jewish community.

Nearly 250 organizations applied for the prize, which was awarded to groups in Argentina, the United States, South Africa, and Israel.

“We’re proud that this year’s winners are organizations that were not disability-oriented but made inclusion a priority,” they wrote in a statement. “They are shining examples of what can be done and accomplished when deciding that inclusion is important and significant.

JDC, the Ruderman Family Foundation, and the Government of Israel launched their Israel Unlimited Partnership for Israeli adults with disabilities in 2009 and in January, announced a dramatic $12.5 million expansion. In the past five years, Israel Unlimited has reached tens of thousands of Israelis with disabilities through a partnership dedicated to empowering them to advocate on their own behalf and live independently, and to highlighting their integral role as Israeli citizens.

This year’s Ruderman Prize winners are: B’nai Amoona Synagogue (St. Louis, Mo.), United Herzlia School (Cape Town, South Africa), AMIT (Israel), Fundación Judaica (Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Sunflower Bakery (Gaithersburg, Md.).

In 2012, the prize’s inaugural year, awardees hailed from the United States, United Kingdom, Mexico, Israel, and Russia. Applications for the 2013 award were up 50 percent from last year; organizations from almost every continent applied this year. Each of this year’s winners will receive $50,000 to continue their work and pursue new opportunities for inclusion in their local communities.

We salute the Ruderman Prize winners and our partner, the Ruderman Family Foundation, for their inspiring work.



An error occurred during your login.


JDC, Cookies, and Your Privacy

Cookies are small pieces of information sent by our web server for storage on your computer, to be retrieved when you return to this site. We use cookies to allow you faster, more convenient access, and to prevent you from being required to log in on every page of our sites.

For more information on JDC’s use of cookies, read our Privacy Policy.


An Error Occurred


Logging In With One of Your Social Web Site Logins

Instead of trying to remember a bunch of special username/password combinations to log in to different web sites that you visit, you can now link your account on this web site to your account on one (or more) of the social media web sites shown and log in with the same username/password combination that you use on that social web site to log in to our site.

To provide this connection in a secure manner, we use Gigya, a social network connection provider that works behind the scenes to make safe, secure connections between user accounts on different systems, such as popular social media web sites like Facebook and web sites like ours where you are actively involved in social issues and causes.

Each time you log in, Gigya uses special application programming interfaces (APIs) to establish the connection between the sites and validate your username and password. Neither our web site or Gigya receive or store your social network passwords.

In addition to reducing the number of logins you have to remember, connecting your accounts can make it quicker and easier to share an activity or cause you feel passionately about from our web site with your friends on your social web sites.

You can break the connection between your accounts at any time.