WHO WE ARE
At the heart of a sustainable future is the ability to empower the next generation with increased access to quality education. ORT breaks through social and economic barriers to transform lives.
ORT America is the leading fundraising organization for World ORT, whose global educational network, schools, colleges, and international programs propel more than 300,000 students in 37 countries to develop careers and lead fulfilling, independent lives. With generous support from our donors, ORT’s schools and programs reach underserved students by bridging the gap between aptitude and opportunity, as we work to expand knowledge, build autonomy, and strengthen Jewish identity.
In Israel, World ORT Kadima Mada (“Science Journey”) programs focus on empowering disadvantaged students in the country’s under-resourced periphery to become self-sufficient and gain confidence in their ability to succeed. Due to ORT’s innovative programs and quality instruction in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), ORT students in Israel obtain translatable knowledge and transferable skills that can meet the demands of the 21st-century job market.
In Europe, the Former Soviet Union and Latin America, ORT expands access to high quality STEM education, while simultaneously enriching individuals’ Jewish identities. In the process, ORT is bringing back to life a religious and cultural experience that was lost to many regions for decades. Through the study of Jewish culture, language, history and traditions, ORT’s Jewish curriculum counters assimilation, renews Jewish communal life, and deepens connections to Jewish identity for generations to come.