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By the end of World War Two, Belgium’s Jewish community was one-third its pre-war level of 90,000. With about half the Holocaust survivors dependent on aid, they needed to learn a trade. However, there were no facilities to re-train them, ORT began offering broad vocational training to meet the needs of the local Jewish community. Day schools offered teenagers a broad vocational program, which normally took two to three years to complete. Subjects taught included needle trades (such as sewing, tailoring and dressmaking), textiles (weaving and mechanical knitting), carpentry, electrical installation and mechanics.

Today, ORT Belgium has begun a new era by raising awareness of ORT’s philosophy and programs among Belgium’s 38,000-strong Jewish community.


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