About Us

Photography studio, Sofia, ORT BulgariaBetty Schoenbaum with students who will benefit from her multi-million dollar gift which built a new Science City campus in Kiryat Yam, IsraelORT Global aid program for farmers to learn Sustainability in Farming, ChadORT India Bnei Menashe members visit Israel through the Birthright programSchool children from ORT Bialik, MinskBiotechnology in ORT BrazilProgrammes for the disabled, Kharkov, UkraineComputer training for Jewish community members, ORT-Career Center. St. Petersburg, RussiaStudents are able to use the most up-to-date facilities at the newly built Kiryat Yam campus. Photo: Oren CohenKav Or - ORT supporting sick children in hospital with their studies, IsraelOpthalmology, ORT FranceORT started in Tzarist Russia in 1880ORT has a long and varied history

What is ORT?

Welcome to the online home of World ORT, the world's largest Jewish education and vocational training non-governmental organisation. This year, through our network of schools, colleges, training centres and programmes in Israel, Russia, Argentina and many other countries worldwide, we will benefit more than 200,000 people - young and old, Jewish and non-Jewish. With your help, we can continue the ORT tradition of freeing individuals and communities from dependence.

Our Mission

To work for the advancement of Jewish and other people through training and education; To provide communities wherever they are, with the skills and knowledge necessary to cope with the complexities and uncertainties of their environment; To foster economic self-sufficiency, mobility and a sense of identity through use of state-of-the-art technology; To support non-sectarian economic and social development through International Cooperation programs in under-developed parts of the world, with vocational training and the provision of technical assistance.

World ORT works with:

ECOSOC – Special Consultative Status
UNESCO – Consultative Partnership Status
NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee – Member
UNHCR – Permanent Accreditation with the UN Geneva Office
UN DPI-NGO – Member in Good Standing
ILO (International Labour Office) – Accredited

What does ORT stand for?

ORT was founded in Tsarist Russia in 1880. The name 'ORT' was coined from the acronym of the Russian words Obshestvo Remeslennogo zemledelcheskogo Truda, meaning The Society for Trades and Agricultural Labour.

It is an acronym that has stuck through 130 years of education and training, moving from its roots in Russia to become a global organisation, hence the name World ORT. ORT is proud of its history and roots, and that it still carries the moto of "Educating for Life" into today.


World ORT Facts and Figures 2014

World ORT Facts and Figures 2014


World ORT Facts and Figures 2014

World ORT Report 2011

A review of ORT worldwide activities during 2011.

Further info about World ORT

World ORT publications