ORT in pictures

ORT in pictures gives a brief pictorial overview of ORT in action. Click on the gallery for a larger view.

Members of World ORT’s Board of Trustees in Berlin. The Board is one of World ORT’s main lay bodies; it meets annually to discuss major policy items, to approve strategy, elect Officers and, if necessary, to change the organisation’s by-laws.

International meetings are an opportunity for lay leaders to learn more about World ORT programmes and to meet those who benefit from them.

Taking an active role means getting to see the planning and investment come to fruition in practical programmes and facilities.

Members of World ORT’s lay bodies work closely with senior management in steering the organisation towards continued success.

Regular missions provide opportunities to see World ORT in action, deepening one’s knowledge of, and appreciation for, what has been achieved – and what still needs to be done.

Leading the Way

From its inception, ORT has had the good fortune of being led by people distinguished by their accomplishments in business, science, the arts and professions. The organisation's lay leaders are drawn from a wide variety of social, national and professional backgrounds but are committed to a common goal - to enable people to live productively, independently and harmoniously. Hand in hand with World ORT's professionals, they devote energy and expertise to making the organisation the success it is.  

Some of Kiryat Yam’s schoolchildren celebrate their new educational campus with Betty Schoenbaum who, with her family, invested $5 million in the World ORT project.

The campus’s athletics track accommodated some 1,000 people who took part in an attempt to set a new world record for the largest chemistry lesson.

The Margot and Jozef Rethazy Planetarium contains a memorial to Israeli astronaut Colonel Ilan Ramon.

The Leo Werthein and Norma de Werthein Oceanarium uses interactive technology to create a dynamic, multilingual learning centre – a digital window on to marine life.

Kiryat Yam

The biggest single project World ORT has undertaken in Israel so far has been the redevelopment of a brownfield site in the seaside city of Kiryat Yam into a stunning campus which has placed education and self-improvement at the heart of this blue-collar community. The $18 million Alex and Betty Schoenbaum Science, Eduational, Cultural and Sports Campus was opened in September 2010 on budget and on time. Its state-of-the-art science centre, planetarium, oceanarium, aquatic sports centre, athletics track and Ethiopian heritage centre together create an inspirational resource not only for students at the two adjacent schools but for the whole city and beyond.

Videoconferencing technology enables schools throughout World ORT’s global network to collaborate, such as these students in Odessa who are tackling graph theory with peers at Moscow ORT Technology School.

World ORT has upgraded schools’ science laboratories with data loggers whose sensors allow students to perform experiments and see the results immediately displayed on the computer screen.

Interactive whiteboards are an integral part of ‘Smart Classes’, 1,000 of which World ORT is installing in underprivileged communities across Israel.

The building and programming of robots is used to stimulate an interest in science and technology among girls and boys, such as these students at Abu Sna’an in Israel.

Technology in Education

From clay tablets to tablet PCs and from blackboards to interactive whiteboards, classrooms have been transformed over the past 200 years. But the pace of change in educational technology has really taken off in just one generation, mirroring the fast-frame evolution of our work and recreation. World ORT is at the forefront of introducing new technology to schools to enhance the learning experience, enable the adoption of new pedagogical methods and accustom young people to its use as an effective tool rather than just a plaything.  

The Naomi Prawer Kadar International Seminars for Digital Technology in Jewish Education bring expertise in modern pedagogical techniques to Hebrew language and Jewish Studies teachers in their own countries.

The annual Hatter Technology Seminar brings together leading science and technology teachers from across the global ORT network to learn from top specialists in cutting edge fields of education and learning.

An integral part of installing state-of-the-art technology, such as Interactive Whiteboards, in the classroom is training teachers how to use it effectively, such as these educators at Horfesh High School in Israel.

Principals of ORT schools in the Former Soviet Union strengthen their managerial skills at a seminar in Israel. World ORT’s global reach means that educators can learn from the experiences and expertise of peers from a wide range of backgrounds.

Each year, selected teachers from ORT schools around the world are brought to London for the World ORT Wingate Seminar, which alerts them to, and prepares them for, major developments in technology and education.

Training Educators

If you want a quality education then you need quality teachers. Through training programmes, international seminars and the fostering of collaborative and supportive relationships, World ORT continuously develops the professional skills of its teachers. We ensure that their motivation to embrace innovation is matched by an ability to harness the potential of new technology and implement new learning strategies to the benefit of the children we serve.  

A Hebrew lesson at the Lauder-ORT Dimcho Debeljanov Jewish School in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Lighting Chanukah candles at a ceremony organised by ORT India.

Getting a taste of Passover at a mock Seder at the Odessa ORT School.

Through the Masa Shorashim programme, which is implemented with the support of JAFI and the Israeli Ministry of Education, ORT students from across the CIS visit sites illustrating the deep roots and terrible tragedy of Jewish life in Eastern Europe.

A Purim spiel at the ORT Rambam School in Kishinev, Moldova.

Nurturing Jewish Identity

The Jewish People have made a disproportionate contribution to human progress. At World ORT, we want our Jewish students to be proud of that and to continue to make the world a better place inspired by their 4,000-year-old heritage. By knowing where they come from we believe our Jewish students will be better equipped to know which way to go.

Students at ORT Brazil not only receive a top notch scientific and technical education which all but guarantees them a place at university – they leave school with qualifications that enable them to work straight away.

Something to smile about: ORT France offers its 4,000 students a range of highly-regarded post-Baccalaureat diploma courses, from dental technicians and opticians to commerce, banking and IT.

World ORT is Hewlett-Packard’s sole partner in the Former Soviet Union, bringing practical managerial and entrepreneurial skills to adults and high school students.

More than 15,000 women have improved their economic situation at 17 ORT-KesherNet training centres in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Georgia.

People from a wide range of backgrounds gain sought-after diploma and degree-level qualifications in business, technology, health services, design and other fields in US ORT Operations centres in Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Detroit, and Skokie.

Increasing Employability

The pace of scientific progress and technological development has never been faster. It is thrilling but also daunting: how do you prepare for careers which have not been invented yet? At World ORT we keep a close eye on the changing demands of the workplace and give an educational head start to our students in a jobs market which is increasingly competitive – but exploding with opportunities.

In Montenegro, World ORT is building a centre for therapeutic horse riding holidays for disabled youth and setting up a system to match disabled people with employers.

Farmers in Ghana have been trained by World ORT in a range of agricultural and managerial skills to grow organic crops and produce dried fruit and vegetables for local and export markets.

To help long-term recovery after the 2005 tsunami, World ORT has created a modern technological infrastructure at several schools in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, off India, which has resulted in some adding computer science as a subject for 12th grade students.

From new immigrants who need to improve their English to Jewish and non-Jewish natives who want the skills to build secure careers, ORT centres across the USA provide a culturally sensitive option for practical self-improvement.

In Liberia, World ORT is giving practical skills to people who missed out on school because of civil war through an apprenticeship scheme – and contributing to the development of a national framework for standards, certification and training.

Reaching Out

World ORT is inspired by Jewish tradition to reach out to our neighbours, regardless of their ethnic or religious background. We place our expertise in education and vocational training at the service of tens of thousands of people throughout the Developing World every year. And we aim to ensure the benefits are felt for years to come by setting up self-sustaining, locally-based training capacity.

Members of World ORT’s Future Leaders Summer Programme in Israel. The summer programme is the culmination of a five-month schedule of training, education, distance learning and volunteering for dozens of teenagers from Jewish communities across Europe.

Participants in ORT South Africa’s Geared for Life programme, which gives high school students the opportunity to achieve a nationally recognised vocational qualification in paralegal practice, marketing, project management or beauty-nail technology.

A winning combination: a volunteer mentor and a high school student who participated in JUMP, World ORT’s programme in the UK for Jewish teenagers keen to gain practical insights into future career options.

High students from eight countries brought together by World ORT at the Weizmann Institute of Science for a three-week science summer school.

World ORT brings teenagers to London each year for its Rosner English and Science Summer School . The programme recognises the importance of English language skills and requires participants to use their improved English to tutor fellow students on their return home.

Facing the Future

Entering adulthood has always had its challenges. Today, even in relatively stable, prosperous societies, young people face a world teetering on the edge of financial crisis and good jobs increasingly hard to find – and even harder to prepare for because of rapidly changing technology. But an ORT education gives young people the self-awareness, skills and knowledge they need to face the future with confidence.