(JTA) — Organizations from the United States, Israel, Canada and Australia were named recipients of the Ruderman Family Foundation’s Prize in Inclusion.
The winners are Jewish Vocational Service of Toronto; JewishCare Big Brother Big Sister in Sydney, Australia; Bar-Ilan University in Israel; Jewish Family Services of Houston; and the St. Paul Jewish Community Center in St. Paul, Minn.
The Ruderman Prize in Inclusion, in its third year, recognizes groups that provide services to foster the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the Jewish community.
This year’s winners include programs dedicated to employment, higher education, mentoring, leadership training and inclusion in communal activities and schools. They each receive $50,000 to help them continue their work or innovate new programs.
“It is our hope that these awards will inspire Jewish organizations around the world to embrace the inclusion of people with all abilities in our community,” said Jay Ruderman, president of the Ruderman Family Foundation.