Agency Story: World ORT

July 19, 2013 | Jennifer Levine

ORT is the world’s largest Jewish education and vocational training non-governmental organization. This year, through our network of schools, colleges, training centers and programs in Israel, Russia, Argentina and many other countries worldwide, we will benefit more than 200,000 people—young and old, Jewish and non-Jewish.

ORT was founded in Tsarist Russia in 1880. The name ‘ORT’ was coined from the acronym of the Russian words Obshestvo Remeslenofo Zemledelcheskofo Truda, meaning The Society for Trades and Agricultural Labour.

ORT has stuck through 130 years of education and training, moving from its roots in Russia to become a global organization, hence the name World ORT. ORT is proud of its history and roots, and that it still carries the motto of “Educating for Life” into today.

One of ORT’s groundbreaking programs is Kadima Mada—Kav-Or (KMKO) which provides hospitalized children in Israel, aged 6–18, with enhanced learning environments, distance learning technology and training programs for teachers. The program now operates in 27 public hospital schools, with 370 teachers and potentially reaches out to more than 120,000 children annually.

ORT receives funding from Detroit through its Israel and Overseas core allocations.

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