ORT was founded in St Petersburg in 1880 to provide employable skills for Russia’s impoverished Jewish people, but since that time ORT has evolved to service the global community.

ORT America is committed to strengthening communities throughout the world by educating people against all odds and obstacles.  The cutting-edge educational skills acquired at ORT schools, colleges, and international programs enable over 300,000 students annually to attain successful careers, become community leaders and live independently.

ORT is one of the largest non-governmental education and training organizations in the world with activities in Israel, the Baltic and CIS, Latin America, Europe, North America, Africa and Asia . It is a non-profit, not-political organization that serves many by meeting the educational and competitive needs of today's society

Julie Kovar ORT Chapter


In January of 2007, a group of women were invited to an informational meeting about starting a new ORT chapter in the Fairfield/Trumbull, CT area.  They talked about the mission of ORT America and the opportunity to make new friends while raising money for the support of ORT schools and projects. It was an exciting time until…March of 2007, when Julie Kovar, the daughter of one of the chapter’s founding members, died suddenly after emergency surgery in Sydney, Australia.              

In a beautiful gesture, the members of the new ORT chapter named their chapter the Julie Kovar Chapter of ORT America.  It is a very fitting tribute to a beautiful young lady and committed student who knew how profound a sound educational foundation can be. 

Our chapter is always looking for new members! To learn more about the Julie Kovar ORT Chapter, contact Sara Laden at marshalsml@aol.com or Ellen Kovar at ellenkovar@att.net