Our Bar/Batmitzvah twinning group have returned from an incredible weekend in Kiev. Nine children and their families from Muswell Hill Synagogue, together with Rabbi David Mason, World ORT’s Shoshana Kandel and Programme Facilitator Frankie Stubbs, embarked on a fascinating journey to the Ukraine’s capital city which is steeped in Jewish history.
Happy Chanukah, Chag Sameach and thank you!
Chanukah is a special time of year for all of us – lighting candles in the darkness of winter and reflecting on a story of commitment, dedication and pride. For the young people and students in our schools, such as those pictured above at ORT Educational Complex in Kiev, Chanukah is a particularly exciting time, bringing doughnuts, latkes and gifts at the end of their winter term.
Following on from the success of last year’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah twinning project with Vilnius, Lithuania, ORT UK in partnership with Muswell Hill Synagogue, are thrilled to have launched their second annual twinning programme – this time with Kiev!
11 children from the Muswell Hill community have been matched with Ukranian students from the Kiev ORT Educational Complex #141 and the ORT Simcha School, for a year-long journey of discovery and learning. Throughout the programme, both sets of children will connect and build friendships through email and skype.
Whether you're staring up an enterprise or simply advancing your career, enterpreneurial skills are an increasingly valuable asset. World ORT Kadima' Mada's Chief of Informal Education, Ayelet Abramovitch, describes a global pilot programme her team has created which aims to cultivate such skills in our students.
ORT-JUMP has launched, once again, with a record number of new sign-ups! With so many wonderful success stories from the past eight years, our mentor scheme has seen its popularity soar. Now with a total of 11 schools involved in our flagship domestic programme, including four local to us in Camden, we were inundated with well over 300 applications.
The days between Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur are traditionally a time for contemplation and aspiration. Apple and honey give us a taste of our hopes for a sweet year and the sounds of the shofar are an opportunity to stop and listen to its call for reflection and action. Across the world these traditions are part of the fabric that weaves diverse Jewish communities together within the rich tapestry of Jewish peoplehood.