Profiles from the ORT Global Educational Network

Lubov_Web2 (002)An ORT de Gunzburg Student Treasures Her Jewish Studies

Lubov, a tenth grader, has attended the ORT de Gunzburg School in St. Petersburg for two years.  The school was recommended to her parents because of its high level of instruction in foreign languages and information technology, and also because it is a Jewish school.  “It is very important to my family that I learn the history and traditions of our nation, which I pass along to my relatives, so they can learn more.”  Lubov particularly appreciates the Hebrew studies.  “Every summer I visit my grandparents in Israel, where I can practice Hebrew.”

Lubov is determined to continue her education in Israel, explaining, “I plan to attend the University of Jerusalem and major in film production to become an animator, made possible through training at the de Gunzburg School. In my IT classes and extra-curricular activities there were programs to create and edit animated films, and the one I made with my classmate Rost will be submitted to the World ORT animated films competition.”

Lubov appreciates her opportunities. “I’m grateful to ORT for the additional subjects, computer and science labs, and international programs and competitions. This is the best education to help me build a career.”

ORT High School Seniors in Israel Get Life Lessons on Three-Day Hike

HodayotChallenge2 (002)Twelfth graders from the Hodayot youth village school, part of the World ORT Kadima Mada educational network in Israel, participated in a challenging expedition. Walking sixty kilometers over three days as part of an endurance and team-building endeavor, they experienced life without cell phones and showers, dependence on their own cooking skills, and sleeping in tents under a moonlit sky.

The purpose of the expedition was to engender an appreciation of the land and show the teens how reliance on others can build positive change.  The physical and mental difficulties they experienced as they trekked up and down mountains and crossed wet valleys underscored the significance of helping a friend in distress and asking a friend for support.

Darya, a student who completed the challenge, reported, “There is no doubt every one of us had a part on this journey. Everybody gave their maximum – each person what they’re good at.  We got to know one another better. The students that went out on this challenge are not the same as the ones that came back; we all feel we’ve changed. We’ve learned that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, and sticking together turns us into family.”