ORT Programs in Asia
In India, ORT serves over 3,500 Jews in Bombay and its outlying areas, providing training courses in Jewish education, computer literacy, graphic design, electronics and mechanics and office software, as well as Jewish education and early childhood education.
The only kosher bakery in the country – providing kosher bread and confectionery for the local community is operated by ORT India.
Sir Manasseh Meyer International School has served Singapore’s Jewish community since 1996. The school joined the ORT network as an affiliate in 2019 and is looking to further strengthen its academic offering by boosting its STEM curriculum. Through the affiliation with ORT the school aims to improve its connection with other Jewish schools around the world.
The school is supported by the Sir Manasseh Meyer International School Trust, a fund in honor of a prominent leader of the country’s Iraqi Jewish community who invested in Jewish education and was one of Singapore’s wealthiest men during the early 20th century.
In May 2016, SMMIS moved to a new site in the Sembawang area of the city-state. Students have access to outstanding facilities including specialist science labs, a 300-person capacity auditorium and an outdoor swimming pool. Many of its Jewish families are in the country as expats and want an international educational experience as well as a Jewish education to prepare their children for post-Singapore life.
Today the school serves more than 130 students aged from 18 months to Grade 8. SMMIS has a reputation for small class sizes, making it attractive for families with children with mild to moderate learning difficulties. The school follows the Singapore maths program which provides a very structured curriculum based on well-established educational theories and is linked to the country’s outstanding national performance in PISA and other international comparative tests.