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Jay Ruderman
Jay Ruderman is president of The Ruderman Family Foundation. The Ruderman Family Foundation believes that inclusion and understanding of all people is essential to a fair and flourishing community. The foundation supports effective programs, innovative partnerships and a dynamic approach to philanthropy in its core areas of interest: advocating for and advancing the inclusion of people with disabilities throughout the Jewish community; fostering a more nuanced understanding of the American Jewish community among Israeli leaders; and modeling the practice of strategic philanthropy worldwide.

Entries by Jay Ruderman

What I've Learned About Autism and Us

(2) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 4:44 AM

At age 12, Ari Ne'eman was diagnosed as autistic. "Initially it was very frightening," he told the Washington Post. "My saving grace was connecting with other autistic adults and finding out that there was this larger community of autistic people who weren't willing to just passively accept how...

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When Will Disability Slurs Become Taboo?

(2) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 9:39 AM

Over the last half century, our society has become very sensitive to the power of words and we refrain from using slurs against any group, regardless of sex, age, color or other defining characteristics.

This has not always been the case when referring to the largest minority among...

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Oceans That Divide

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2014 | 4:57 PM

Eight months ago, before Hamas rockets were soaring over the skies of Tel Aviv and Israeli tanks were rumbling into Gaza, six members of the Israeli parliament from across the political spectrum came to Boston, one of the largest and most dynamic Jewish communities in the United States, on a...

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Is it Really a New Year?

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2014 | 7:07 AM

The Jewish New Year has just begun and Jews worldwide are faced with a simple question: Will you be a better person in the coming year?

The Ten Days of Penitence, which culminate with the fast of Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, are days of reflection...

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Disabled Individuals Bring Innovation to the Workforce

(1) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 1:57 PM

As the U.S. disabled population grows amidst increasing challenges to American economic competitiveness on the world stage, the time is ripe to change our perceptions of disability and integrally incorporate the creative and often resilient disabled population into our workforce.

The American Association of People With Disabilities recently...

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