A project to support ORT's network of 18 Jewish day schools throughout the countries of the Former Soviet Union.
ORT returned to the Former Soviet Union in 1991 soon after the fall of Communism. The Jewish community was dispersed and demoralised, its chains of tradition broken by decades of communist rule, with no synagogues or community centres around which to coalesce. ORT began to develop a network of Jewish Day Schools around which new communities could gather. By offering a Jewish curriculum and a standard of science and technology education not available elsewhere, the organisation managed to attract even students whose parents were reluctant to publically identify as Jewish. Once at school, the students were taught a full curriculum of secular and religious subjects and thus be helped to recover their heritage.
ORT currently runs 18 such schools in the Former Soviet Union. In 2010 and 2011, ORT UK raised funds to support their continued development. To provide a first class Jewish and secular education to our students, so that they can grow up proud in their heritage and confident of their identity.