Gina and Joseph Harmatz Awards for ‘Tikkun Olam’ (Social Responsibility)

The Programme

The World ORT Gina and Joseph Harmatz Award for Social Responsibility is an annual recurring award given to students in the ORT network who have distinguished themselves in their conduct towards their fellow human beings. Those who have demonstrated neighbourly love, who have behaved with dignity and decency - all of which reflect Gina and Joseph Harmatz's characters.

The award will recognise excellence for projects that have made an outstanding contribution to Tikkun Olam - our shared responsibility to heal, repair and transform the world. This could be through helping the needy, volunteering, a commitment to fostering the values of compassion and dignity and generally contributing morally to the good of humanity.

Examples of previous winning projects include: 

  • Introducing bio diesel to school busses - A project collecting used cooking oil from the local community and restaurants and converting it into bio diesel to fuel the local school bus.
  • Teaching computer skills to dyslexic children at school - A project to enhance the IT skills of dyslexic schoolchildren; adopting strategies to improve their confidence and concentration in IT lessons.
  • Caring for elderly people in the local community - A project to distribute food to the elderly and spend time with them to alleviate social isolation and make them feel connected. 

The Impact

The award is aimed to increase social awareness of students and inspire a connection to the Jewish value of Tikkun Olam. In addition, the competition works to develop the creative interest of students and strengthen the World ORT network.