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A New Initiative to Recognize Businesses That Hire Those With Disabilities

Monday, February 09, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Ruderman Family Foundation, Jewish Week Launch 'Best in Business' Awards
Award will recognize businesses across North America who have shown a history of inclusive hiring and employing people with disabilities 


Boston, MA (February 9, 2015)- The Ruderman Family Foundation, in partnership with the Jewish Week Media Group, is proud to announce an innovative competition highlighting North American for profit businesses who have shown exemplary practices in hiring, training and supporting people with disabilities. Those selected will be recognized with a Ruderman “Best in Business Award” and featured in a supplement in The Jewish Week June 19th edition- both printed and online.

“The surest path to full inclusion in our society comes from meaningful employment” said Jay Ruderman, the foundation’s president. “People with disabilities are the most excluded members of our society because they are unemployed at the rate of 70 percent.” As a result, he said, “we must hold up as shining examples those employers who have demonstrated a commitment to hiring people with disabilities. We are proud to partner with The Jewish Week to recognize these employers as the best in the business.”

The awards will showcase those businesses — whether large corporations or small companies —that have a history of:

  • Employing people with disabilities
  • Training and supporting employees with disabilities
  • Developing innovative approaches to maximizing employee’s abilities

For additional information and to make a nomination, please complete the online form at Nominations will be accepted through March 27, 2015.

A panel of experts in the field of inclusion and disability will select the winners. Their bios are available at

Each winner will be featured in the supplement with a profile that includes their business logo, a photo, link to their website and description of their inclusive policies.


About the Ruderman Family Foundation:
The Ruderman Family Foundation believes that inclusion and understanding of all people is essential to a fair and flourishing community.

Guided by our Jewish values, we support effective programs, innovative partnerships and a dynamic approach to philanthropy in our 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.

The Foundation provides funding, leadership, expertise and insight in both the U.S. and Israel, with offices in both countries.

For more information:


About the Jewish Week:
The New York Jewish Week covers local, national and international news and features, including “The New Normal: Blogging Disability,” an innovative blog bringing important voices on inclusion and the Jewish community to thousands of readers each week. “The New Normal” bloggers include people with disabilities, their family members, professionals in the disabilities field and community members who are passionate about inclusion and educating the larger Jewish community about the importance of inclusion.


Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer
The Jewish Week Media Group
Phone: 212-921-7822
Fax: 212-921-8420


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