Our Mission to Russia Brought ORT Programs Front and Center

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Travelers from the U.S. got a close look at what makes ORT exemplary in education

“Since our founding in 1880, our mission has not wavered.  It was a joy to be in ORT schools where Judaism thrives and innovative education paves the way for independent, successful lives,” said Barbara Siegel, a member of the ORT group that just returned from Russia.  More than thirty enthusiastic supporters visited ORT programs in St. Petersburg and Moscow, with some continuing to Lithuania, meeting a wide array of individuals who benefit from ORT and seeing how the organization enriches the Russian and Lithuanian Jewish communities.  Thanks to the caring participants, the mission raised funds for ORT science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs in day schools, vocational training centers, and at ORT-KesherNet locations. Participants also enjoyed expeditions to historical landmarks, cultural exhibitions, a meaningful Shabbat at the Moscow Choral Synagogue, and informative discussions about the revitalization of the Jewish population of Russia. “The mission certainly has given me knowledge of what ORT has been doing for over 100 years. I am really impressed,” commented Ora Gelberg, one of the ORT travelers.  Read more details about the trip here.