ORT UK raises money for World ORT’s work in Israel and the Former Soviet Union through a range of communal events including an annual Business Breakfast, Gala Dinner and Golf Day.
Its careers mentoring programme – ORT JUMP – helps hundreds of Jewish high school students gain insight into the world of work each year with a model which is being adopted in the wider community. And its non-denominational bar/bat mitzvah twinning programme creates meaningful links between families in Britain’s and Lithuania’s communities.
ORT UK was the first fundraising organisation within the World ORT Union when it was founded in 1921 as British ORT by Russian immigrants. It supported the ORT School in Berlin and brought 100 of its students to Britain days before war broke out. Post-war, British ORT provided camp survivors with a range of vocational training from nautical skills to dressmaking. It also established a training farm for those intending to move to Israel.