Posted on Wednesday 13th December 2017
The first night of Chanukah at the ORT Educational Complex in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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.

Just as we increase the amount of light in our homes and communities each night of Chanukah, ORT has been illuminating the lives of our beneficiaries, by increasing the range and scope of our education and training programmes for those who need it most.  

In this newsletter, you will read about the ORT-JUMP mentoring programme, our Bar-Bat mitzvah twinning programme and World ORT’s leadership programme for educators in the ORT network. Thanks to your support, ORT has been able to achieve so much in recent months, so I’d like to draw your attention (below) to eight other ORT stories to make the eight days of Chanukah even more meaningful.

On behalf of the trustees and professional staff at ORT UK and the hundreds of thousands of students and teachers in our programmes – I would like to say thank you. Your generosity and commitment means that ORT’s future is a bright one.

Best wishes

Adam Overlander-Kaye

Chief Executive, ORT UK


1. ORT UK is delighted to welcome Avi Ganon, the new Director General of World ORT, to London - READ MORE

2. World ORT and the Pope’s Scholas Occurrentes, have joined forces to teach the importance of dialogue and mutual respect, to teenagers from around the world. READ MORE

3. “World ORT Kadima Mada gives an opportunity to children of all the society levels, to integrate into the employment world.” These are the words of Member of Knesset, Yifat Shasha-Biton as seen in the latest ORT UK film highlighting our work in Israel. WATCH HERE

4. Hundreds of Israeli engineers will be trained through World ORT’s Anieres Elite Academy. READ MORE

5. Mazal tov to the team from the ORT school in Chernivtsi (Ukraine), for winning the Hackathon at the Kiev ORT Educational Complex. READ MORE/BROWSE PHOTOS

6. A new World ORT Young Entrepreneurship Programme will combine entrepreneurial learning with digital technology. READ MORE

7. A historic moment in the rebuilding of Spain’s Jewish community, as Madrid’s Estrella Toledano School joins the World ORT network. READ MORE

8. If you buy gifts online, you can support ORT UK – shop at websites such as Amazon, ASOS, John Lewis (and thousands more) and turn a percentage of what you spend into a donation. There’s no catch or hidden charges. It's really simple, all you have to do is go to and join for free!



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