Students from two ORT schools in Russia just had two occasions to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel and the importance of doing good deeds.
The student body of the ORT de Gunzburg School came out in full force for the recent St. Petersburg Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) community festival, #IsraelOpen, where ORT hosted different activities: lectures on the history of Jews in St. Petersburg, a quiz on the geography of Israel, and master classes in Hebrew and robotics. Student journalists from the school’s TV studio covered the festival, interviewed attendees, and reported about it that evening. Hundreds of local residents enjoyed compelling performances, Israeli cuisine, the ORT components and other festivities.
In Samara, students from ORT Gesher School participated in the Day of Good Deeds April 15 hosted by the organization Ruach Tova. Designed to increase the goodness in the world, the Day of Good Deeds aligns with the concept of tikkun olam – repairing the world, a central tenet in ORT programs. Gesher students participated with people from different organizations to do good deeds, including creating bird houses, sewing soft toys, drawing impressions of Israel and other activities. It was an instructive and joyful day for all, driven by the spirit of caring and giving.
In Russia – as in other countries in the former Soviet Union – ORT programs emphasize science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning, Jewish studies and humanitarian values. ORT students and families take part in cultural events that add to the educational experience, increase knowledge of Israel, enrich people of all ages and strengthen the community.