Shira Ruderman

Israel Director of the Ruderman Family Foundation

Speaker: Diaspora Zionism - Possible Term? Israel and the Jewish People

Shira Ruderman is an Israeli philanthropist who serves as the Israeli Director of the Ruderman Family Foundation. She has extensive management experience, including Chairwoman of Kesher (the NGO for special families), and board member of various international organizations and associations, such as, the Anti-Defamation League, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and many more. Ruderman initiates and leads innovative social and public projects to promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities into society. She is a member of “Committed to Give," an Israeli group that encourages private philanthropy in Israel. Through her activism she represents a new approach to Israeli philanthropy, one that espouses strategic giving and social entrepreneurship.

Ruderman holds a bachelor’s degree in Education, and a master’s degree in Public Policy from The Hebrew University. During her military service, she commanded a course in the Israel Defense Force's Intelligence unit. She gives expression to values that are at the heart of the Ruderman Family Foundation, including mobilizing volunteerism and leadership development.