Montreal Women’s ORT was founded in 1948 by Sophie Crestohl when she returned from visiting the Displaced Persons Camp in Europe after World War II and saw the work that ORT was doing educating and training the holocaust survivors who found themselves with little to do after the war and no education.
Along with Dorthea Chefetz they built a chapter based organization which has raised millions of dollars for various ORT projects in Israel and around the world.
Montreal Men’s ORT was formed in 1982 by a group of individuals who were interested in helping ORT in various places around the world but particularly Israel. In 1983 Montreal Men’s ORT held its first Annual Benefit Gala which became its primary fund raising event over those years.
In 1995 Montreal Women’s ORT and Montreal Men’s ORT merged to form ORT Montreal.
In 2002 ORT Montreal sponsored an evening with former President Bill Clinton which drew almost 3,000 people to Place des Arts. Over the past 25 years the present value of what we have raised from our Gala’s is almost $9 million, funding the needs of a variety of special ORT projects in Israel and around the world in a non-sectarian manner.
ORT Montreal continues to flourish and raise funds through its Annual Benefit Gala, Tribute cards, Bequests and other fundraising activities.