ORT America, Inc. Northeast Ohio Region
ORT has been an integral part of Cleveland's philanthropic
with flourishing membership, innovative programs and a long history of
activity for over 60 years. The first chapter of Women's American ORT
was formed in 1953. A few years later, 1960, American ORT (Men's ORT)
was formed. In 2007 the two organizations merged and ORT America was
As ORT grew in strength and numbers, ORT
chapters in Akron, Canton and Youngstown. In 2014, in an effort to
serve all our donors in the broader geographic area, these chapters were
united under the banner of the ORT America - Northeast Ohio Region.
ORT America chapters also exist in Columbus and Toledo.
A tradition since 1971, the annual Northeast
Ohio ORT Brunch honors
prominent and distinguished community member. The event is the
culmination of the annual campaign. In 1996, a new page in ORT history
was written with the presentation of the ORT Jurisprudence Award
honoring the contributions of members of the legal community.
In 2011, ORT began a local partnership with
Citizens Academy: A
Breakthrough School, to support the ORT Lego Robotics curriculum in the
Grade 5 math class. This program uses the very same technology and
curriculum as ORT schools successfully employ in schools around the
world. ORT in Northeast Ohio has also sponsored the formation of the
Beachwood Middle School Robotics Team for the 2013/2014 school year.
The Northeast Ohio community has long been a
source of national and
international leadership. Larry Kadis serves as Chairman of the
Executive Committee of ORT America. Bart Bookatz, Suellen Kadis and
Lewis Zipkin are members of the ORT America National Board of Directors.
Robert Sill, former Chairman of the Board of World ORT, along with Al
Gray, serve as Honorary Trustees of ORT America. Both Sill and Gray are
former national AO presidents.
Today, the Northeast Ohio Chapter of ORT America
has combined the
efforts and initiatives of the men and women in the region to become a
united voice in Jewish philanthropy in support of ORT schools and
programs throughout the world.
- Mission Statement:
- The Northeast Ohio Region of ORT America is rooted in Jewish heritage and values. Our mission is to raise funds to support educational programs that enrich entire communities by teaching marketable skills that empower students of all faiths to attain success and live with dignity.
- Contact Info:
- 24100 Chagrin Blvd.
Beachwood, OH 44122
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- Other Information:
Gary Desberg, President
Roni Wallace, Director
- Location Name:
- ORT America, Northeast Ohio Region
- 24100 Chagrin Blvd.
- Suite 300
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