ORT Day is an annual celebration of our global connection, shared history and vision for the future.

Students, teachers and friends of ORT around the world join international and regional social media campaigns, virtual exchanges, competitions and more.

This year ORT Day takes place on 18 March 2020 and will mark 140 years of ORT. There will be a variety of dedicated education and networking projects taking place in ORT schools, affiliated schools and programs.


  • Masterclass Videos

WATCH: Transforming the opponent through love and suffering, and other teachings from Mahatma Gandhi
Presenter: Arun Gandhi (Gandhi’s Grandson) | Language: English

Born in 1934 in Durban, South Africa, Arun is the fifth grandson of India’s legendary leader, Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi. Growing up under the discriminatory apartheid laws of South Africa, he was “beaten by white South Africans for being too black and by black South Africans for being too white”, so Arun initially sought eye-for-an-eye justice. However, he learned from his parents and grandparents that justice does not mean revenge, it means transforming the opponent through love and suffering.

WATCH: The ORT teacher behind an amazing chapter in the story of Ethiopian Jewry 
Presenter: Naftali Aklum | Language: English

Farede Aklum was an ORT teacher who worked with Israel to help coordinate the exodus of Ethiopian Jews from Africa. It’s one of the most moving Jewish historical events but most people are not aware of the challenges encountered by Ethiopian Jews in their journey to Israel. The story of Ethiopian Jewry is a unique tale of suffering, perseverance and fulfillment told by Naftali Aklum, Farede Aklum’s brother.

WATCH: How to grow a body part… and other ‘impossible’ developments in biomedical sciences
Presenter: Elena Petersen | Language: Russian

Dr Elena Petersen is chief scientist, assistant professor of molecular and biological physics at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. Learn how scientists today are constructing new organs, growing ‘artificial’ tissues and other technological innovations humanity may never have thought possible.

  • Lesson Plan 

Teachers guide in English and Russian
PowerPoint in English and Russian
Case studies in EnglishRussian.



Speak to your local ORT representative for information on ORT Day 2020 plans and check back here for materials.


Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and follow the hashtags #ORTDay and #ORTtogether to join us worldwide this ORT Day.

Bring your hands together to make a heart for ORT Day and share your photo. The best photo will win a $140 prize to celebrate ORT’s 140th Anniversary.

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