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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 21,2017 PAGE 11A Celebrate the "Magic of the The cost is $95, per person; JThen, Now and Always" as $75, JCC preschool and J Uni- The Roth FamilyJCC hosts its versity parents and seniors. annual J Ball on Wednesday, All proceeds benefit The Roth May 10 at the Orlando Mu- Family JCC. seumofArt. Register by April 30 at There will be heavy hers and be d'oeuvres, an open bar, entered to win a VIP Table live entertainment and a for Two to Kostya Kimlat's silent auction. During the "Ev.ening of Magic Dinner program, Cathy Cotter, Show" at Christner's Prime JCC music teacher for 34 Steakhouse in Winter Park. years, will be presented the Babysitting is offeredonsite Harriet Weiss JCC Legacy at the museum for $15 per Award (more about Cotter child, including a pizza din- in next week's issue of the ner. Space is limited and the Heritage). child must be potty-trained. The dress is"dressy casual," RSVP is required by May 3 to or"business/businesscastlal." Jay Ruderman (1) with R.J. Mitte, an actor with cerebral palsy who starred on the hit TV show "Breaking Bad." By JTA Staff (JTA)--Until recently, the Ruderman Family Founda- tion helped pioneer an issue within the Jewish commu- nity-key word "within." While donating locally to Jewish causes from its base in Boston, it also fostered disabil- ity inclusion among Jewish and Israeli institutions. It ran a Jewish Special Needs Funding Confer- ence and offered grants and prizes to Jewish institutions that made themselves more accessible to those with dis- abilities. But look for the word "Jew- ish" on the "inclusion" page of the Ruderman foundation's website, it isn't there. The past couple of years have seen the group expand its disability in- clusion profile to target major industrie~ and the media, not just worldwide Jewry. "We've been doing a lot of work in the Jewish commu- nity, but it's a tremendous amount of money to move the needle incrementally," Jay Ruderman, president of the foundation, told JTA "It's $18,000 to put someone in a job" through a vocational training program. "We're not going to change the world that way." Instead, Ruderman told JTA, the charity can have a broader impact by focusing on inclusion advocacy beyond the Jewish world. Donations to Jewish disability inclusion programs, he said, were inef- ficient. The foundation was found- ed in 2002 by Ruderman, an attorney and Jewish com- munal professional whose father, the philanthropist Morton Ruderman, launched the medical technology com- pany Meditech. It still funds Jewish disability programs, local Boston causes and efforts to educate Israelis about U.S. Jewry. Its U.S. grantees include organiza- tions like Camp Ramah and Friendship Circle. As part of its efforts to educate Israelis about American Jewry, the foundation brings Knesset members to tour the U.S. and funds a master's degree in U.S. Jewry at Haifa University. Jay Ruderman says the vast majority of the foundation's money still goes to Jewish programs. In the past, Ruderman said the foundation centered its inclusion work on housing, education and job training for Jews with disabilities. But now it's also focusing on Hol- lywood, the media, and local and national government. An increase in funding has followed: While the founda- tion gave out $7 million to $8 million in 2016, it has upped the amount to $10 million this year, and in recent years has hired four staffers focused on advocacy. Since last year, the founda- tion has put out five white papers on disability rights, ranging from representation of people with disabilities on TV to the killings of people with disabilities by police. The latter study, published in March 2016, found that up to half of all those killed by police in the United States have disabilities, "I hate to put it in these terms, but if you can put a couple hundred people into a Cathy Cotter school or put a couple hundred people into a job as compared to getting dozens of business- es to think differently [as] to hiring people with disabilities, or Hollywood getting more people with disabilities in roles and changing attitudes, I think that's a greater social impact," he said. "To me that's so much more exciting than going through the intricacies and incremental process of getting someone a job or a house." Ruderman's white paper on TV actors with disabilities found that while about 20 percent of Americans have a disability, only I percent of TV characters do. And of those characters, 95 percent are played by able-bodied actors. To drive home this point, Ruderman has enlisted prom- inent actors with disabilities. Danny Woodburn, a little person and actor who played Kramer's friend Mickey on "Seinfeld," co-authored the report. R.J. Mitre, an actor with cerebral palsy who played Walter Jr. on "Breaking Bad," has also appeared at Ruder- man events. "If you had a movie script and you took a white actor and you painted them black, there would be a huge outcry," Ruderman said. "Yet there's still a belief if you are an able-bodied actor who plays a person with a disability, it's an Oscar-potential rote for you." Ruderman also says the foundation has targeted its funding to more precisely serve its goals. While the foundation used to give un- restricted funding to Jewish organizations that might focus on areas Ruderman doesn't address, now Ruder- man's unrestricted Jewish funding is minimal--less than 1 percent of its grants. "We're not giving unre- stricted funding," he said. "We're building programs. I'm not turning to federations or to the Joint [Distribution Committee] or any other organization and saying, 'I want to engage in social ac- tivism and I'm going to do it through you.'" The foundation has also issued statements condemn- ing when public figures mock or are insensitive toward disability. It called on current Israeli Defense Minister Avigd0r Liberman to apologize when he called supporters of a two-state so- Ruderman on page 15A ......... i ............. Orlando Weekday Morning Minyan (Conservative/Egalitarian), services Monday- Friday 7:45 a.m. (9 a.m.--national holidays); 2nd floor Chapel--Jewish Academy of Orlando; 851 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland. For information call 407-298-4650. Celebration Jewish Congregation (R), services and holiday schedules shown at www.; 407-566-9792. 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