Gina and Joseph Harmatz Award for Social Responsibility

This annual award, the Gina and Joseph Harmatz Award for Social Responsibility, recognises students who have distinguished themselves in their conduct towards others.

It acknowledges excellence in projects which help the needy, display voluntary contributions to society and a commitment to fostering the values of compassion and dignity.

Previous award winners have undertaken projects which assist the sick and elderly, encouraged equality and fairness across society, and supported LGBT+ students.

The Harmatz Awards highlight the positivity of social action and responsibility across the ORT network, bringing together so many of the values we believe in: Tikkun Olam, teamwork, a sense of belonging, forward-thinking attitudes and problem-solving skills.

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    Imagine having access to technology that could provide the constant reassurance your much-loved elderly parent or grandparent was safe despite the worry of a medical condition or concerns created by physical distance.


  • ORT Mexico Students Deliver Humanitarian Aid to Cuba

    A delegation of 11 CIM-ORT (Collegio Israelita de Mexico) students and two teachers recently delivered 26 suitcases full of humanitarian aid to members of Cuba’s Jewish community.


  • ORT pupils receive recognition for social action projects

    A teenager who created a volunteer group to rebuild an earthquake-damaged school and a pupil who has designed an app which could save the lives of crash victims are among the winners of a prestigious social action award.


  • “ORT works globally to place the future in the hands of the next generation, and these awards show how our students are unleashing their potential for the benefit of others in their communities.”

    Avi Ganon, World ORT Director General and CEO