• n. A global technical and vocational training organization driven by Jewish values.

Example Sentences

  • "ORT was founded in St Petersburg, Tsarist Russia, in 1880 to provide employable skills for Russia’s impoverished Jews. The organization’s founding fathers were Nikolai Bakst, Baron Horace Gunzburg and Samuel Poliakov." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Russian


  • Общество Ремесленного tруда obshchestvo remeslenava truda 'Association for the Promotion of Skilled Trades'

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations


      • North America


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      World ORT Union, Organisation for Rehabilitation through Training


  • "With operations in more than 50 countries, ORT builds schools and trains students in a variety of skills. The organization pays special attention to immigrants who need to learn both language and retraining skills when they emigrate to the State of Israel or the United States. Founded in Czarist Russia in 1880 to provide skills in trades and agriculture, ORT was the acronym for the organization’s Russian name. An English name—the Organization for Rehabilitation and Training—has been bestowed retroactively. Its official title is the World ORT Union. In the United States, fund-raising is done by chapters of Women’s American ORT." (JPS)

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