Our foundation announced the 2013 Ruderman Prize in Disability eligibility guidelines 5 weeks ago and on Monday, the applications process ended. When I awoke Tuesday morning, I was astounded: 244 applications were submitted, a 41% increase over last year! From Cambodia, South Africa, Canada, Argentina, France, USA, Israel, Russia, UK, Brazil and more.
A thank you to our many partners who helped spread the word to as many Jewish communities as possible so we can recognize the fine work being performed by local organizations. I am encouraged that there are so many innovative programs around the world working towards the full inclusion of people with disabilities in Jewish communal life.
I want to personally thank everyone who took the time to fill out the application and share with us how you are making your community more inclusive. Now the hard part for our staff begins: Choosing only 5 winners from among a pool of very worthy candidates.
This initiative is meant to recognize past work in inclusion. There is still much work to be done so that every person with a disability feels welcome in his/her community. But seeing so many people around the world dedicated to this issue gives me hope that we are on the right path to full inclusion.
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