Mazal tov Larry Kadis – ORT America’s new president!

The ORT family’s largest fundraising organisation is going from strength to strength, says World ORT Director General and CEO Shmuel Sisso.

Mr Kadis has been a supporter and leader of ORT America in his native Cleveland for more than 30 years and, together with his wife Suellen, serves on the organisation’s National Board of Directors.

“It’s a tremendous opportunity, and I am very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to work on behalf of an organization that my wife and I feel very strongly about and are supportive of for the work they do on behalf of students around the world,” he told The Cleveland Jewish News. “I’m looking forward to working with some great people and accomplishing as much as we can.”

Mr Kadis’s installation as national president, which is formally due to take place at ORT America’s annual meeting in Florida on March 6, comes eight months after the organisation welcomed its dynamic new Executive Director, Marty Greenberg.

“This new leadership combines intimate knowledge of, and passionate identification with, ORT’s mission with business acumen and peerless experience of Jewish philanthropy,” said World ORT’s Shmuel Sisso. “Coming as it does after Linda Kirschbaum’s exemplary three-year presidency we can say with confidence that ORT America is going from strength to strength.”

Priority is making students the focus of fundraising

Larry Kadis portrait ORT America president

Mr Kadis said one of his primary goals as president would be to develop a fundraising campaign “that is successful in realizing the beneficiary of the campaign is the students.”

“It comes down to raising more money and making more people throughout the country who are philanthropic and interested in Jewish education able to realize that supporting ORT is a way they can see something very good and very tangible that comes from their giving,” he said.

Mr Kadis is immediate past chair of both the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Cleveland Council and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s overseas connections committee. He is also past chair of Israel Bonds Cleveland and the Cleveland chapter of American Friends of Hebrew University and a past member of the Federation board of trustees.

ORT America moved forward under Linda Kirschbaum

In her final end of year message as ORT America’s president, Linda Kirschbaum noted that over the course of 2015 the organisation had “continued to move forward in building our base of supporters in strong and meaningful ways. Beginning with our extraordinary new Executive Director, Marty Greenberg, and filtering through our entire staff and leadership, we are focused on increasing the bar of fundraising in the United States”. With demand for ORT education exceeding what the organisation can currently provide, Ms Kirschbaum said “it is our responsibility to develop excellence in fundraising to meet and exceed the ever-changing educational needs ahead. We owe it to today’s students and tomorrow’s students, as well.”

Linda Kirschbaum ex ORT America president