ORT has been an integral part of Ohio’s philanthropic landscape for over 60 years, establishing chapters in Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Youngstown, Toledo and Columbus. Today, the Ohio Region of ORT America has combined the efforts and initiatives of the men and women in the state to become a united voice in Jewish philanthropy in support of ORT schools and programs throughout the world.

The Ohio Region raises funds to support the World ORT global network of schools and programs with its annual campaign and annual fundraising events: Jurisprudence Dinner, Annual ORT Brunch and Mahj & Canasta Night.

Ohio is the proud home of National ORT America President, Larry Kadis, and national board members, Barnett Bookatz, Suellen Kadis, Eric Rubin, Mitchell Schneider and Lewis Zipkin.

Gary Desberg - President, Ohio Region

“Ohio has long been a source of national and international ORT leadership. I am proud to follow in the footsteps of those outstanding individuals, and help take this region to the next level, providing support for the important programs ORT provides around the world every day.”

Gary Desberg, President, Ohio Region


4th Annual Mahj & Canasta Night

Thursday, October 26, 2017  |  6 – 10 pm  |  The Hillbrook Club

Dinner and games!

Tammy Brosse, Event Chair

Register online here.




46th Annual ORT Brunch

Sunday, October 22  |  9:30 AM
Executive Caterers at Landerhaven

Honorees: Sue and Mitch Frankel

Recipients of the 2017 Maimonides Award
for outstanding community service



2017 ORT America Jurisprudence Award Dinner

Honorees: Jason Hillman and Thomas J. Scanlon

Thursday, June 29, 2017, 5:30pm
Marriott at Key Center

Read about 2017 Jurisprudence Award Dinner

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Trish and Mark Adler receive 2016 Maimonides Award and Retiring Director Roni Wallace recognized at 45th Annual ORT America Brunch on October 30, 2016

ORT Northeast Ohio sets goal to renovate and modernize Kfar Silver Science Building

Char Rapoport Nance joins ORT America family as Incoming Ohio Director
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Third Annual ORT Mahj & Canasta Night a big success.
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Jonathan Leiken and Michael Ungar receive ORT Jurisprudence Award.
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