The Morton E. Ruderman Inclusion Scholarship Fund was established in 2015 to help make Jewish day schools more accessible and affordable for children with disabilities. 

What will the Scholarship Fund do?

All of Greater Boston’s Jewish day schools offer generous financial assistance to qualified families. However, families with students who have disabilities and special needs face additional education expenses. The Morton E. Ruderman Scholarship Fund infuses more dollars into the day school system, ensuring that these families — regardless of whether they are new to day school or currently enrolled — receive the financial support that they need.

In partnership with CJP, the Ruderman Family Foundation and Gateways: Access to Jewish Education, the Fund helps to defray the cost of both school-based and ancillary services for students with disabilities and special needs, particularly those who require financial aid. 

All financial aid determinations and decisions are made by the individual schools using objective assessments and standards.

Learn more about Greater Boston’s Jewish day schools and how they are supporting the needs of diverse learners.

Morton Edward Ruderman was a successful entrepreneur, mentor and proud family man. He was born and raised in Malden and graduated from Northeastern University. He was Digital Equipment Corporation’s first ever medical technology salesperson and founded Meditech with three other partners in 1969. Mort later founded Cres Development Company, a real estate development firm, and several other companies.

He saw his success as the result of help he received from others and was therefore passionate about providing opportunities for others—including assisting many people to become independent and successful in business.

The Boston Jewish community was most important to him and he supported numerous local causes. Mort’s greatest concern was the existence of fairness and equal opportunity for all within the community. The Ruderman Family Foundation’s work to ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities has at its core Mort’s passionate belief that their exclusion and absence from Jewish life is fundamentally unfair.