February 23, 2007 NASDAQ honours ORT America ORT America Executive Director Hope Kessler closed Valentines Day trading at the NASDAQ stock market in New York. Accompanied by Board member Marilyn Thypin and colleagues from the ORT America national office, Ms Kessler rang the closing bell in a ceremony broadcast live on CNBC, Bloomberg News and the internet. As she did so, ORT Americas logo was displayed on NASDAQs seven-storey-high display screen overlooking Times Square in Manhattan. ORT is renowned for its use of technology in general education as well as the high quality teaching of scientific and technological subjects. So it was appropriate that ORT America should be honoured by NASDAQ, which was the worlds first electronic stock market when it was founded in 1971. The market is now the largest electronic screen-based equity securities market in the USA and is home to leading companies in technology and biotechnology as well as other areas of business. Hope Kessler, centre, rings the closing bell at NASDAQ. Copyright 2007, The Nasdaq Stock Market, Inc.Reprinted with permission. Ms Kessler added: ORTs commitment to providing educational opportunities that lead to productive, self-sufficient lives is what instils confidence and hope in individuals otherwise beaten down by adversity or impaired by the lack of educational resources. That is what makes ORTs mission distinct and its impact so critical. ORT America created by the merger of Womens American ORT and American ORT is the largest single fundraising organisation in the ORT family. World ORT is the worlds largest Jewish education and vocational training non-governmental organisation and has benefited more than 3 million people Jewish and non-Jewish in 100 countries since its foundation in 1880.