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Jay Ruderman has focused his life’s work on seeking social justice by advocating for people with disabilities worldwide, and educating Israeli leaders on the American Jewish Community. As President of the Ruderman Family Foundation, his ambitious approach has led the Foundation to become a leader in inclusion and disability rights advocacy both nationally and in Israel. Jay’s emphasis on philanthropy has been instrumental in the Foundation creating programs around the world, raising awareness on social media and the creation of the Foundation’s often cited White Papers. He has never shied away from controversy, consistently challenging Hollywood and those in power to push issues forward.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Jay’s career began in law as an Assistant District Attorney before enlisting in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), becoming the Liaison between the IDF and Diaspora Jewry. After his service in the IDF, he became the Leadership Director for AIPAC in Israel. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Organization on Disability and the University of Haifa, and previously served on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Funders Network and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.
Jay graduated from Brandeis University with honors and received his J.D. from Boston University School of Law. He lives in Boston with his wife, Shira, and their four children.
Unfinished Business with the Americans with Disabilities Act (Providence Journal)
Narrow and Deep (National Center for Family Philanthropy)
A Critical Moment in Israel-American Jewish Relations (Jerusalem Post)
What I’ve Learned about Autism and Us (Huffington Post)
End the Stigma of Mental Illness (CNN.com)
When Will Disability Slurs Become Taboo? (Huffington Post)
The Faces of Tomorrow (eJewish Philanthropy)
Congress Ready, Willing and ABLE (The Hill- joint op-ed with Congressman Gregg Harper)
Oceans That Divide (Huffington Post)
Is It Really A New Year? (Huffington Post)
My Father and Our Legacy (eJewish Philanthropy)
The Value Added of Engagement (Grant Craft- Foundation Center)
Reuven Feuerstein: A Man Ahead of his Time (Jerusalem Post)
Disabled Individuals Bring Innovation to the Workforce (Huffington Post)
Disability as Lifelong Marathon (Times of Israel)
Memories for Everyone (eJewish Philanthropy)
Doing Justice to Charity (Jerusalem Post)
A Fair and Flourishing Community (eJewish Philanthropy)