Our Commitment to Inclusion, Innovation, and Leadership: Ruderman Family Foundation Brochure

Published Jan 1, 2016 —

A visual overview of a decade of the Ruderman Mission in Action.


People with Disabilities in Israel: Facts & Figures: Lital Barlev-Kotler and Dori Rivkin, Myers-JDC-Brookdale Institute, and Avital Sandler-Loeff, Israel Unlimited, JDC Israel

Published Jan 1, 2014 — JDC Israel

The State of Israel provides services to children and adults with physical, sensory, mental health and intellectual disabilities. In recent years, Israel ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities and legislation has been passed to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in the community. However, despite these developments, much still needs to be done in order to better integrate people with disabilities into all aspects of Israeli life and to help them realize their full potential. Our hope is that the information presented here will help to clarify and focus attention on the remaining challenges and assist in the efforts to address them.


Ruderman Family Foundation, JDC, and Government of Israel Expand Disabilities Partnership: Michael Geller and Jamie Epstein

Published Jan 7, 2013 — JDC 
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the Ruderman Family Foundation, and the Government of Israel announced a dramatic $12.5 million expansion of their Israel Unlimited Partnership for Israeli adults with disabilities as a result of a new landmark $4 million lead grant from the Ruderman Family Foundation. The grant will further expand the Partnership’s groundbreaking work in inclusion, ensure a focus on employment (a key challenge in this community), and will be matched by JDC and the Israeli government. Founded in 2009, Israel Unlimited has reached tens of thousands of Israelis with disabilities to date and is dedicated to the inclusion of people with disabilities by empowering them to advocate on their own behalf and live independently, and by highlighting their integral role as Israeli citizens.


Disabilities Inclusion Champion Pioneers Groundbreaking Israel Initiative: American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

Published Dec 13, 2011 — JDC 

Jay Ruderman is a longtime advocate for the inclusion of people with disabilities in his native Boston and his current home, the State of Israel. Through his leadership of the Ruderman Family Foundation, he promotes the rights of people with disabilities in the Jewish community and works to strengthen the relationship between Israeli leaders and American Jews. The Ruderman Family Foundation partnered with JDC and the Israeli Government in 2009 to create Israel Unlimited—a national initiative to meet the needs of Israel’s 700,000 adults with disabilities (17.9% of the population) and improve their ability to live independently and integrate into Israeli society. More than halfway into the program, Jay discusses its successes, challenges, and his steadfast vision for the future.


Accessible Apps (Hebrew): Yaron Druckman

Published Mar 14, 2016 — ynet

Google Campus in Tel Aviv met developers and people with disabilities to try to improve applications. Campus Manager: "They really need these applications."


Blinded Mid-Life and Still Doing Sports, Active, Contributing, Not Resting for a Moment (Hebrew): Keren Aomer Shachaf

Published Feb 1, 2016 — ynet

Verda Adar discusses her painful process recovering and talks about the dark and the light in her life.


Sherut Leumi for People with Disabilities (Hebrew): Dvir Zeev

Published April 26, 2016 — YouTube 

This year, the Authority for Civil Service added 700 positions to the National Service program for young people with disabilities, an increase of more than 100% from the previous year. Hundreds of young people with disabilities will be able to join the service, and this video serves as an innovative campaign to encourage young people to volunteer. 

We Are All Vulnerable, All Damaged (Hebrew): Daniel Shitrit

Published June 20, 2016 — Ha-Makom

This project tells the story of those who are dealing with limitations, aiming to challenge stigma affixed to the disabled that prevents them from being accepted into society. The photographs present those with disabilities in a positive new light in order to break previous misconceptions about their full and complete identity.