Everyone at ORT UK was of course deeply saddened and troubled by events that took place in Paris last month. Our thoughts are with all of the victims of terror but we think especially at this time of Yohan Cohen, 22 who was tragically killed along with three other Jews in the Kosher supermarket in Porte de Vincennes. Yohan was an alumnus of one of ORT’s Paris schools, ORT Villiers-le-Bel. May Yohan’s memory and the memories of Philip Braham, 40, Francois-Michel Saada and Yoav Hattab, 21 be a blessing to us all.
A hearty Mazel Tov to two ORT stalwarts whose contributions to society have been recognised in the Queen's New Years Honours list: former World ORT President David Young, Baron Young of Graffham, who has been made a Member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for public service, and Vice-President of ORT UK, Henry Davis, who has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for charitable and voluntary services in London. ORT UK takes great pride in their achievements.
ORT UK held its Annual Gala Dinner on the 1st of October at Lincoln’s Inn raising nearly £500,000 towards ORT’s many worthy causes in Israel. A packed house saw 300 people gather to also celebrate Mark Mishon’s momentous 40 year contribution to the organisation.
“Spending more than two-thirds of one’s life doing something rewarding is a rare privilege and pleasure,” Mr Mishon, who is a Trustee of both ORT UK and World ORT told the audience.
Over the past 3 days I've been privileged to represent ORT UK on the World ORT solidarity mission to Israel. Last Friday the mission was decided upon and within 12 hours an itinerary planned and delegates from the UK, US and Mexico signed up to show ORT's support for the State of Israel.
I was joined by Nigel Gee, a long standing supporter of ORT UK, as well as Mauricio Merikanskas, the President of World ORT, Shelley Faigel an officer of WO and David Suskauer an ORT America professional, to name but a few.
Another school year has finished and another year for ORT-JUMP the Jewish mentoring programme is over.
During the 2013/14 academic year we’ve matched 270 students in Year 12 (aged 17) with individual mentors in every profession imaginable. The students have all received practical career guidance from their mentors which usually involves visiting the workplace, attending work meetings, C.V. and personal statement tuition and often results in work placements.