ORT in crisis split
THE ORT Israel educational network has suspended its co-operation with World ORT due to a severe crisis of confidence between ORT Israel and World ORT’s London-based managing director, Robert Singer.
Zvi Peleg, the managing director of ORT Israel, accused Mr Singer of wanting to take control of the Israeli organisation and of starving it of charitable donations.
Mr Peleg told the JC that the conflict with Mr Singer began in 2003 when an ORT Israel official questioned Mr Singer’s salary package.
Mr Peleg noted that ORT Israel, which runs around 11 per cent of Israeli high schools and is responsible for some 100,000 students, comprised some two-thirds of World ORT, but received less than $3 million of the $20 million in annual charitable donations raised by World ORT.
In reaction, a spokesperson for World ORT said that the organisation’s primary concern was the education of Israeli youth and that World ORT would continue to co-operate and fund projects with the relevant Israeli authorities to further this aim. The spokesperson refused to comment on what he termed ORT Israel’s “ridiculous charges”.