World ORT Gina and Joseph Harmatz Award for Social Responsibility

Are you an ORT student with a project that can change the world for the better? If so, you can enter the World ORT Gina and Joseph Harmatz Awards for Social Responsibility.

We’d like to hear about initiatives by ORT students that are making a difference. Submit a video explaining how your project is making the world a better place and you could win a Gina and Joseph Harmatz Award for Social Responsibility!

The award recognizes excellence for students with projects that have made an outstanding contribution to Tikkun Olam – our shared responsibility to heal, repair and transform the world.


To be eligible for an award, all of the following requirements must be satisfied:

1. A report describing your project (300-500 words, written in English, including 2-3 high quality, jpeg photos) must be included in the application. The project can be ongoing or completed. Please ensure your report covers the following points:

  • The nature of the project and the problem you were trying to address
  • How you carried out/ are carrying out the project
  • The success and impact of the project

2. Submission of a 3-5 minute video (in English or with English subtitles if necessary) showing the project in action. Please ensure that you obtain the appropriate permission from any people filmed and that you only use public domain music. The video should be uploaded to YouTube. The written report and the YouTube link for the video should be sent to Sheryl Gold at

3. The project must be carried by an individual student or small collaborations of no more than five students (not class projects).

4. The deadline for final submissions is Tuesday 5th March 2019.


  • World ORT will judge all applications and select winning students or teams based on the quality of the project, the clarity of the reports and the commitment of the individuals or teams to their chosen cause.
  • All project reports and videos may be shared.
  • A maximum of 14 projects will be chosen by World ORT and $300 will be awarded to successful projects. A discretionary prize of $500 may be awarded to projects of outstanding achievement.
  • Awards will be announced via the website and all entrants will be notified by email by April/May 2019, and certificates and prize money will be presented to successful teams and students shortly after.

Contact: If you have any questions or concerns about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact Sheryl Gold at

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Previous winners

You can see some examples of 2018 winning submissions here:

Using technology to create a positive impact on the world by Nicolas, ORT Argentina

Helping visual impaired people by Baruch from World ORT Kadima Mada, Israel

You can see some examples of 2017 winning submissions here:

Volunteering with medical emergency service

Sunday with Violins by ORT Brazil

Special message from the Harmatz family to all 2016 participants

Dear students,

We would like to congratulate you for submitting your applications for the Gina Harmatz Award for Social Responsibility. You have demonstrated care for the needy, a rather rare phenomena in today’s materialistic world. Helping others improves the quality of life for both – giver and receiver. It is a win-win situation and we are proud to be part of it!

For the ORT family this award is a way to show its appreciation to you for acting as a role model for many others.

You have touched us. Gina would have been proud of you!

Joseph Harmatz and family

Joseph Harmatz (in the middle) and his family

Joseph Harmatz (in the middle) and his family

More information about Gina and Joseph Harmatz

Joseph Harmatz