YouTube video: J-Report on LA ORT: Part 1

Did you know about the incredible history of the ORT organization?

Watch a fascinating interview from J-Report by Brad Pomerance, with Director of Admissions for Los Angeles ORT Fred Keivanfar on YouTube. Part 1 of the report discusses the history of ORT.

Did you know that “ORT” comes from a Russian acronym that when translated to English stands for “Organization for Educational Resources and Technological Training”?  ORT has been in existence for over 130 years and is active in 55 countries. It was founded in Russia in 1880 and was an important resource for the Jewish community during the first and second World Wars. The Nazis even allowed ORT to function in the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII. ORT thought it was important for Jews to be educated and informed on how to be successful in different trades, even while living in concentration camps.

Over the last 20 years ORT’s focus has still been to help the Jewish community, especially in Third World countries, teaching people skills and giving them the resources needed to be successful in their lives. They were even around when the Soviet Union fell to help Jews in the commonwealth states.

But they also have been working in the United States dealing with Jewish as well as non-Jewish societies, teaching people skills and giving them the resources to be valuable assets to their communities. They place high importance on the value of education, skills and training to contribute to a better society.

LA ORT is a group of nonprofit junior colleges in Los Angeles and Van Nuys provide career training in short term courses.