ORT Cuba celebrates seventh anniversary


18 January 2008 ORT Cuba celebrates seventh anniversary ORT Cuba has celebrated its seventh year of bringing vocational and technological training, Jewish education and internet connectedness to Cubas Jewish communities with a gathering of more than 100 people at the Ana and Ben Dizik ORT Technology Centre at the Jewish Community Centre in Havana. President of the 1,500-strong Cuban Jewish Community, Adela Dworin, thanked ORT Cuba staff for their dedication to the development of ORT activities not only for the islands Jews but also on behalf of Cuban society as a whole. ORT Cuba National Director William Miller told guests including American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee representative Fernando Lapiduz that more than 2,000 students had enrolled on ORT courses. In addition to the 271 subjects offered by ORTs educational programmes, ORT Cuba has facilitated the participation of Jewish youth on Taglit-Birthright tours of Israel, connected Cubas six Jewish centres with an intranet system that can be used for distance learning, and set up the Jewish communitys first official website (www.chcuba.org).