1880 Society

Unleashing the potential of young people

In 1880, a group of wealthy businessmen and financiers in St Petersburg saw that Russia’s Jews desperately needed education and training to make a living in their industrialising society. They spearheaded the raising of $10 million in today’s money to create ORT and the rest, as they say, is history.

More than 100 members have joined our elite donors’ group since it was established in 2004 to mark ORT’s 125th anniversary.

Thanks to the generosity and vision of the 1880 Society members, ORT has been able to extend new opportunities to new generations.

Major projects enhanced by members include the Alex and Betty Schoenbaum Science, Educational, Cultural and Sports Campus which revitalised the heart of Kiryat Yam; the Schulich Canada Smart Classroom Initiative which transformed the face of Israeli education; the renovation of Lithuania’s only Jewish school; and many other opportunities across five continents.

How to become a member

There are four levels of membership*, each providing a range of exclusive benefits and attractive opportunities to continue your outstanding level of support and commitment to the world’s largest and longest-established Jewish educational organisation.

Bronze Membership for a minimum contribution of $100,000
Silver Membership a minimum contribution of $250,000.
Gold Membership a minimum contribution of $500,000.
Platinum Membership a minimum contribution of $1 million or more.

(*Over four years)

To remain a member of the 1880 Society, renewal of a member’s Gold, Silver or Bronze membership is required every four years. Platinum level supporters receive lifetime membership.

What do I get as a member?

Membership of the 1880 Society entitles major donors to:

1880 Medal: Members are presented with a platinum, gold, silver or bronze medal after joining the 1880 Society

Concierge service: ORT will arrange visits to our programs, including VIP briefings, for members travelling to any location where ORT has an operational presence

1880 Receptions: Exclusive activities and events are held for members at the annual Board of Representatives and quadrennial General Assembly, as well as on ORT missions

Briefings: Members receive regular updates about ORT activities, including hearing from guest speakers, lay leaders and key figures

Meeting ORT leaders: Members are invited to meet ORT leaders and key figures when they travel around the world

Wall of Honor: Members are recognised on both a physical and virtual Wall of Honor to thank them for their support and commitment to ORT