History

Our History

1273_Disp_CometoORT_hiEstablished in 1880 in Russia, ORT originally taught men how to be farmers and carpenters. ORT is an acronym based on its original name.  During  and after the 2 world wars, ORT provided essential training to help survivors rebuild their lives. In 1938, when Stalin expelled ORT from the Soviet Union, ORT expanded throughout the world.  In the ghettos under Nazi occupation, the trade skills that ORT taught became passports for life.

Shura Chiro teaching at an ORT School0001
Shura Chiro teaching at an ORT school in a Displaced Persons camp in 1946.  Photo supplied by Shura’s niece, Edie Glazer (Past ORT Canada President)