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World ORT is the world’s largest Jewish education and vocational training non-governmental organisation.

Started in 1880, World ORT is today operational in 37 countries and helps around 300 000 students around the world. Specialised in technology, our mission is to provide communities wherever they are, with the skills and knowledge necessary to cope with the complexities and uncertainties of their environment.

World ORT students rewarded

World ORT’s mission, Educating for Life!, is more than teaching employable skills – it’s about helping children find a positive ethical path. Israelis Noam Shitrit and Noam Eliaz are among the winners of this year’s World ORT Gina Harmatz Award for Social Responsibility, which recognises students who display extraordinary kindness, generosity and compassion. They and the other Gina Harmatz winners are inspirational.

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Join us in congratulating everyone at the World ORT-affiliated school of Horfeish! It has been officially recognised as one of the best schools in Israel - and the Ministry of Education is giving every teacher there an NIS 8,000 cheque in recognition of their pivotal role in the accomplishment.

Their skill and dedication has sent the school, which serves a Druze community near the Lebanon border, soaring into the top 10 per cent of high schools nationally.

Based on a range of indicators, including Bagrut results, drop-out rate and rate of military and national service, Horfeish has been ranked in the top tier according to official tables published by Ynet.

“I am very proud of my staff and my students,” said the principal, Hisham Bader. “This is the result of a lot of hard work over the past two years. The staff are very dedicated. We have a policy of working to ensure that no student drops out unnecessarily and my teachers work with every student individually to make that a reality – we fight for them!”

This year, an astonishing 91 per cent of Horfeish students passed Bagrut and 72 per cent passed four- and five-unit English, the two highest levels, which means that they are eligible for university.

In addition, 20 per cent passed five-unit maths, up from 16 per cent last year and 7.4 per cent two years ago.

The number of Israeli high school students taking this most challenging maths option for matriculation declined by 30 per cent between 2006 and 2013, a situation which Education Minister Naftali Bennett has called a strategic threat to the country. World ORT is working with the authorities to reverse this trend through a programme called “5times2”, the aim of which is to double the number of students taking five-unit maths by 2019.
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August 25th, 6:57 pm

Join us in congratulating everyone at the World ORT-affiliated school of Horfeish! It has been officially recognised as one of the best schools in Israel - and the Ministry of Education is giving every teacher there an NIS 8,000 cheque in recognition of their pivotal role in the accomplishment.

Their skill and dedication has sent the school, which serves a Druze community near the Lebanon border, soaring into the top 10 per cent of high schools nationally. 

Based on a range of indicators, including Bagrut results, drop-out rate and rate of military and national service, Horfeish has been ranked in the top tier according to official tables published by Ynet.

“I am very proud of my staff and my students,” said the principal, Hisham Bader. “This is the result of a lot of hard work over the past two years. The staff are very dedicated. We have a policy of working to ensure that no student drops out unnecessarily and my teachers work with every student individually to make that a reality – we fight for them!”

This year, an astonishing 91 per cent of Horfeish students passed Bagrut and 72 per cent passed four- and five-unit English, the two highest levels, which means that they are eligible for university. 

In addition, 20 per cent passed five-unit maths, up from 16 per cent last year and 7.4 per cent two years ago. 

The number of Israeli high school students taking this most challenging maths option for matriculation declined by 30 per cent between 2006 and 2013, a situation which Education Minister Naftali Bennett has called a strategic threat to the country. World ORT is working with the authorities to reverse this trend through a programme called “5times2”, the aim of which is to double the number of students taking five-unit maths by 2019.

World ORT added 5 new photos to the album ORT school in Vilnius reaches full capacity — with Misha Jakobas and 7 others in Vilnius, Lithuania.

If you don’t know your fermions from your bosons and think leptons are a brand of iced tea then Tomas Ervinas Trusovas and Edvinas Zilinskas can help. They are among the recipients of this year’s World ORT STEM Communication Award for their video about subatomic particles.

World ORT Director General and CEO Shmuel Sisso presented the boys with their certificates at their school, Vilnius Sholom Aleichem ORT gymnasium.

It was a doubly auspicious occasion because the school, which was recognised as among the best in Lithuania even when having to overcome the challenges of the old primary school where it used to be situated, has now reached maximum student capacity in its superbly equipped new location in the centre of the city.

“There has been a 10 per cent increase in enrolment this year which has pushed it to the maximum of 400 students. There is now a waiting list of people wanting to study there: the Mayor of Vilnius, Remigijus Šimašius, told me that non-Jewish people approach him asking if he can help their children get a place,” Mr Sisso said.

Mr Sisso paid tribute to school Director Misha Jakobas and his staff for their professionalism and commitment in delivering quality education.

As well as serving Vilnius’s Jewish community, the school acts as a hub for sharing World ORT’s educational expertise with the wider community, with teacher training and other programmes. And Mr Sisso said he discussed these and other possible projects aimed at the general community with Mr Simasius and the Minister of Education, Audronė Pitrėnienė.

He also enjoyed meeting Tomas and Edvinas.

“They are fine young men who combine keen intellects with a good sense of humour. They are worthy recipients of the World ORT STEM Communication Award,” he said.

Nearly 60 students in 10 countries submitted short videos to the competition which tested entrants on their ability to convey a deep understanding of a specific STEM concept or to clearly explain a complex current issue related to this field to a non-specialist audience
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August 25th, 2:36 pm

If you don’t know your fermions from your bosons and think leptons are a brand of iced tea then Tomas Ervinas Trusovas and Edvinas Zilinskas can help. They are among the recipients of this year’s World ORT STEM Communication Award for their video about subatomic particles.

World ORT Director General and CEO Shmuel Sisso presented the boys with their certificates at their school, Vilnius Sholom Aleichem ORT gymnasium.

It was a doubly auspicious occasion because the school, which was recognised as among the best in Lithuania even when having to overcome the challenges of the old primary school where it used to be situated, has now reached maximum student capacity in its superbly equipped new location in the centre of the city.

“There has been a 10 per cent increase in enrolment this year which has pushed it to the maximum of 400 students. There is now a waiting list of people wanting to study there: the Mayor of Vilnius, Remigijus Šimašius, told me that non-Jewish people approach him asking if he can help their children get a place,” Mr Sisso said.

Mr Sisso paid tribute to school Director Misha Jakobas and his staff for their professionalism and commitment in delivering quality education.

As well as serving Vilnius’s Jewish community, the school acts as a hub for sharing World ORT’s educational expertise with the wider community, with teacher training and other programmes. And Mr Sisso said he discussed these and other possible projects aimed at the general community with Mr Simasius and the Minister of Education, Audronė Pitrėnienė.

He also enjoyed meeting Tomas and Edvinas.

“They are fine young men who combine keen intellects with a good sense of humour. They are worthy recipients of the World ORT STEM Communication Award,” he said.

Nearly 60 students in 10 countries submitted short videos to the competition which tested entrants on their ability to convey a deep understanding of a specific STEM concept or to clearly explain a complex current issue related to this field to a non-specialist audience

World ORT with Shelley Rosengard Fagel.

Claire Mazer, (pictured centre) who made an enormous contribution to World ORT activities in Israel and the Former Soviet Union, has sadly passed away.

Her late husband, Bob, (pictured left) made headlines as the businessman who took a 14 per cent stake in the Chicago White Sox baseball team.

But it was as a philanthropic team that the Mazers were best known to the ORT family internationally.

Their commitment to World ORT and its emphasis on STEM education was due in no small part to their own science and engineering backgrounds: he was a chemical engineer who built his own chemical company, Mazer Chemical; she was a qualified clinical pathologist.

"I was intrigued by ORT because it … was an organization that does down-to-earth, gutsy education to help people get jobs," she once told Crain's Chicago Business newspaper.

Claire played a major role in World ORT and its early development within Chicago’s North Shore chapters of Women's American ORT and was a role model to many, including Shelley Rosengard Fagel, current Chair of World ORT’s Constitution and By-Laws Committee, Past Treasurer of World ORT and Past President of ORT America.

“Claire was my mentor, my touchstone. She took me under her wing and taught me so many things. She helped me to become a leader, always with a smile and with grace. She showed me with her words and her actions and I often refer to her advice. I learned at the best knee possible and I will be eternally grateful for her kindness and her love,” Ms Fagel (pictured right) said.

In July 2009, Claire and Bob gave $1 million to support science education for young people in disadvantaged communities in Israel – an act of generosity which made them lifetime members of the organisation’s elite donors group, The 1880 Society. ORT America Chicago's headquarters was renamed The Claire and Bob Mazer Metropolitan Chicago Regional Office in honour of their gift.

When allocations to World ORT’s operational budget in the Former Soviet Union were severely cut, it was Claire who was instrumental in bringing emergency funding from The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews thanks largely to her friendship with its founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein.

The on-going IFCJ funding ensures that ORT’s educational network in the region can provide buses and kosher hot meals for their students – both of which are essential to attracting and retaining Jewish children, many of them from disadvantaged backgrounds and living far from school.

“On behalf of all at ORT I extend my deep condolences to Claire’s children, Neal, Cliff, Julie and Leslie, and her grandchildren, Ari, Ami, Eli, Benjamin, Mitchell, Corey, Ella and Andrew. As saddened as we all are at our loss we may also take some comfort in the knowledge that Claire, together with Bob, made a lasting, positive impact on the lives of thousands of our students: the benefits have rippled out to families and communities around the world and will continue through generations to come,” World ORT Director General and CEO Shmuel Sisso said.
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August 24th, 5:41 pm

Claire Mazer, (pictured centre) who made an enormous contribution to World ORT activities in Israel and the Former Soviet Union, has sadly passed away.

Her late husband, Bob, (pictured left) made headlines as the businessman who took a 14 per cent stake in the Chicago White Sox baseball team. 

But it was as a philanthropic team that the Mazers were best known to the ORT family internationally.

Their commitment to World ORT and its emphasis on STEM education was due in no small part to their own science and engineering backgrounds: he was a chemical engineer who built his own chemical company, Mazer Chemical; she was a qualified clinical pathologist.

I was intrigued by ORT because it … was an organization that does down-to-earth, gutsy education to help people get jobs, she once told Crains Chicago Business newspaper.

Claire played a major role in World ORT and its early development within Chicago’s North Shore chapters of Womens American ORT and was a role model to many, including Shelley Rosengard Fagel, current Chair of World ORT’s Constitution and By-Laws Committee, Past Treasurer of World ORT and Past President of ORT America.

“Claire was my mentor, my touchstone. She took me under her wing and taught me so many things. She helped me to become a leader, always with a smile and with grace. She showed me with her words and her actions and I often refer to her advice. I learned at the best knee possible and I will be eternally grateful for her kindness and her love,” Ms Fagel (pictured right) said. 

In July 2009, Claire and Bob gave $1 million to support science education for young people in disadvantaged communities in Israel – an act of generosity which made them lifetime members of the organisation’s elite donors group, The 1880 Society. ORT America Chicagos headquarters was renamed The Claire and Bob Mazer Metropolitan Chicago Regional Office in honour of their gift.

When allocations to World ORT’s operational budget in the Former Soviet Union were severely cut, it was Claire who was instrumental in bringing emergency funding from The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews thanks largely to her friendship with its founder and president, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein. 

The on-going IFCJ funding ensures that ORT’s educational network in the region can provide buses and kosher hot meals for their students – both of which are essential to attracting and retaining Jewish children, many of them from disadvantaged backgrounds and living far from school. 

“On behalf of all at ORT I extend my deep condolences to Claire’s children, Neal, Cliff, Julie and Leslie, and her grandchildren, Ari, Ami, Eli, Benjamin, Mitchell, Corey, Ella and Andrew. As saddened as we all are at our loss we may also take some comfort in the knowledge that Claire, together with Bob, made a lasting, positive impact on the lives of thousands of our students: the benefits have rippled out to families and communities around the world and will continue through generations to come,” World ORT Director General and CEO Shmuel Sisso said.

Universidad ORT Uruguay's international links are set to grow with the creation of a Centre for Australian Studies.

Australia’s Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, announced the project during his recent historic tour of Latin America, the first by the Queen’s representative in Australia. The Centre will be funded by #Petrel Energy, an Australian-based petroleum exploration, development and production company with 14,000 sq km tenements in the country.

The Chair of World ORT’s Academic Advisory Council, Professor Sidney Strauss, congratulated everyone at the university in Montevideo, particularly the rector, JOrge Grunberg.

“This is a great feather in their hat,” Professor Strauss said.

The new Centre will, among other things, promote student and teacher exchanges and academic cooperation with Australian universities, which are ranked among the best in the world.

It’s Ort Uruguay’s latest collaborative venture with Australia: last year it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Deakin University. On that occasion, #Uruguay’s Ambassador to #Australia, Ricardo Varela, noted that the ORT university was leading the development of his country’s research and scientific exchange.

“Since its creation in 1942 ORT Uruguay has constituted a beacon, providing higher education and excellence in disciplines relevant to the country’s development. Their core focus is knowledge, skills and values; training professionals preparing for the challenges of the national and international reality,” Mr Varela said.

ORT Uruguay has more than 80 exchange agreements with universities in 20 countries, from North America to China.

(The picture shows the Governor-General receiving the key to the City of Montevideo from Mayor Daniel Martinez.)
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August 23rd, 2:40 pm

Universidad ORT Uruguays international links are set to grow with the creation of a Centre for Australian Studies.

Australia’s Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, announced the project during his recent historic tour of Latin America, the first by the Queen’s representative in Australia. The Centre will be funded by #Petrel Energy, an Australian-based petroleum exploration, development and production company with 14,000 sq km tenements in the country.

The Chair of World ORT’s Academic Advisory Council, Professor Sidney Strauss, congratulated everyone at the university in Montevideo, particularly the rector, JOrge Grunberg.

“This is a great feather in their hat,” Professor Strauss said.

The new Centre will, among other things, promote student and teacher exchanges and academic cooperation with Australian universities, which are ranked among the best in the world. 

It’s Ort Uruguay’s latest collaborative venture with Australia: last year it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Deakin University. On that occasion, #Uruguay’s Ambassador to #Australia, Ricardo Varela, noted that the ORT university was leading the development of his country’s research and scientific exchange.

“Since its creation in 1942 ORT Uruguay has constituted a beacon, providing higher education and excellence in disciplines relevant to the country’s development. Their core focus is knowledge, skills and values; training professionals preparing for the challenges of the national and international reality,” Mr Varela said.   

ORT Uruguay has more than 80 exchange agreements with universities in 20 countries, from North America to China.

(The picture shows the Governor-General receiving the key to the City of Montevideo from Mayor Daniel Martinez.)

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