ORT was founded in St Petersburg in 1880. It provided Russian Jews with employable skills, and introducing them to industry and agriculture before expanding into a global charity. The Soviet authorities closed down ORT’s operations in 1938 but the organisation returned in 1991.
ORT Russia provides technologically advanced education to attract Jewish families who, although mainly interested in ensuring a first-rate general and STEM-based education for their children, will also benefit from its schools’ Jewish education.
The ORT network includes seven schools in Moscow, St Petersburg, Kazan and Samara. ORT also provides adult vocational programmes at Vocational Training Centres, Career Centres and KesherNet centres in Jewish communities.
Watch how, by providing a dual curriculum of STEM and Jewish education, we ensure Jewish continuity in the Former Soviet Union.