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”.

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