Thousands of youngsters mark annual day for Jewish education network World ORT
search

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Thousands of youngsters mark annual day for Jewish education network World ORT

From Panama to Ukraine and Russia to Argentina, children exchanged messages and postcards of where they live 'to share a feeling of togethernes'

Student Karina Smirnova in St Petersburg takes part in the ORT Day quiz
Student Karina Smirnova in St Petersburg takes part in the ORT Day quiz

Jewish youngsters from countries as far afield as Panama, Ukraine, Italy, Brazil, Russia, Argentina, Israel, Kyrgyzstan and France have connected online for the annual celebration of education network World ORT.

Appropriately enough during a pandemic, the theme this year was connection, as children exchanged messages and postcards of where they live “to share a feeling of togetherness”.

Students took part in a quiz, participated in special lessons that took place in Russian, Spanish and English, and produced Instagram Reels – short films on the social media platform – showing the value of connection in their communities in order to convey a spirit of tikkun olam (healing the world).

Mikhail Libkin, director of ORT Russia and a graduate of an ORT school in Moscow, spoke about life growing up in the former Soviet Union, while Amelie Esquenazi, World ORT networking coordinator in Latin America, described her family’s escape from Eastern Europe during the Holocaust and her upbringing in Mexico. 

The network’s chief executive, Dan Green, said technology helped. “Many students joined the sessions remotely from home due to severe Covid restrictions in their countries,” he said. “Our Israeli students took part amid the rocket attacks.

“With so much uncertainly around the world, it was vital we continued with the yearly festival of activities to ensure our students had an opportunity to interact with their peers in dozens of countries. 

“I hope next year we will celebrate in person.”

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...

Engaging

Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.

Celebrating

There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.

Pioneering

In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.

Campaigning

Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more:
comments