World ORT Gina and Joseph Harmatz Award for Social Responsibility

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

Rewarding students who distinguished themselves in their conduct towards their fellow human beings

The World ORT Gina and Joseph Harmatz Award for Social Responsibility is an annual recurring award given to students in the ORT network who have distinguished themselves in their conduct towards their fellow human beings; those who have demonstrated neighbourly love, who have behaved with dignity and decency – all of which reflect the character of the Harmatz family.

The award recognizes excellence for projects that have made an outstanding contribution to Tikkun Olam – our shared responsibility to heal, repair and transform the world. This could be through helping the needy, volunteering, a commitment to fostering the values of compassion and dignity and generally contributing morally to the good of humanity.

The World ORT Gina and Joseph Harmatz Award for Social Responsibility 2016/17 is now open.

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Meet Noam Shitrit and Noam Eliz, two of the winners of the Gina Harmatz Award for Social Responsability 2015/16. They are students at World ORT-affiliated Shikma High School in Israel. They and their families were evacuated from Gaza during Israel’s disengagement in 2005.

Today, they are volunteer first responders with Magen David Adom. In this video, they share what they’ve learned from their experiences helping Israelis and Palestinians in need.

Read the full story here.