The Aleph School, Zaparoje, 2003-2009

The Aleph School in Zaparoje was one of the most respected in the Ukraine, with 354 students, 85% of whom were recognised as Jewish under the Israeli law of return. The school wished to join the ORT network, but lacked the basic facilities needed for it to do so.

The Aleph School in Zaparoje was one of the most respected in the country, with 354 students, 85% of which were recognised as Jewish under the Israeli law of return. The school wished to join the ORT network, but lacked the basic facilities needed for it to do so. British ORT stepped in as sole funder to provide the school with a new technology centre, Jewish studies classrooms, updated equipment, teacher training and materials to allow The Aleph School to take its place within the ORT network.

In 2003 British ORT recognised the importance of focusing its fundraising campaign on an area of critical Jewish need. Through World ORT, it quickly identified the small community of Zaparoje, in the Ukraine. Following the break-up of the Soviet Union, Zaparoje industrial base had declined enormously. Once a thriving Jewish centre, Zaparoje had a dwindling Jewish population of some 20,000 facing serious issues around education, welfare and the need for community resources. With the average salary of $50 a month, they could never afford to acquire first world technology for themselves. British ORT provided the Aleph School with a new technology centre, Jewish studies classrooms, updated equipment, teacher training and materials.

In 2005, the school was finally ready to take its place within the ORT network. Zaparojie continued to be a major focus of British ORT's fundraising until 2009, and the connection with the school remains strong.

“Without ORT's help how could these kids ever compete? They had no internet access and we had more technology in our watches than they had in their whole school.” Nicholas Hai, British ORT Donor Mary and Harry Polan Scholarship, Kadoori, Israel, 2009-.

In 2008, ORT UK received a legacy donation from Dorothy Adams.

She stipulated that the legacy should be used to establish a scholarship 'for training Jewish immigrant girls and boys each award to be awarded for a period of 2 years and... to an equal number of female and male students.'
British ORT directed Dorothy's gift to the Kadoori Agricultural School, one of the many schools across Israel to be benefiting from World ORT's Kadima Mada programme. The school is very unusual in being both a boarding and a day school, as well as being religiously mixed. British ORT chose the school as a substantial proportion of its boarding pupils were new immigrants to Israel who had either come alone or who, for a variety of reasons, could not live at home.

The Mary and Harry Polan Scholarship was awarded for the first time in September 2009 to Slava Rabinovich, a new immigrant to Israel from the Former Soviet Union who is studying for a diploma in engineering.

She stipulated that the legacy should be used to establish a scholarship 'for training Jewish immigrant girls and boys each award to be awarded for a period of 2 years and... to an equal number of female and male students.'

ORT UK directed Dorothy's gift to the Kadoori Agricultural School, one of the many schools across Israel to be benefiting from World ORT's Kadima Mada programme. The school is very unusual in being both a boarding and a day school, as well as being religiously mixed. ORT UK chose the school as a substantial proportion of its boarding pupils were new immigrants to Israel who had either come alone or who, for a variety of reasons, could not live at home.

The Mary and Harry Polan Scholarship was awarded for the first time in September 2009 to Slava Rabinovich, a new immigrant to Israel from the Former Soviet Union who is studying for a diploma in engineering.

“I would like to thank you for once again for your kind donation which you gave me. Thanks to you I am able to study in the Engineering College at Kadoori. My grades are very good and I very much like the place, and my subject....You gave me the opportunity to study, and to invest the time in my studies.” Slava Rabinovich, Engineering Class 2, Kadoori

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