Lord Marley will be the guest of the ORT and will speak on “The Value of ORT Work Today.” Lord Marley, Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords, is the chairman of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for the British ORT. Though his present visit to the United States is under the auspiecs of the Anti-Fascist League, Lord Marley never misses an opportunity to emphasize the value of the constructive relief work done by the ORT in various European countries.
Professor Albert Einstein endorsed the ORT some time ago in his characteristic way. The great scientist – humanitariam thus summed up its usefulness:
“The ORT strives to free the Jews from a social and economic misadjustment, which has been their burden since the Middle Ages. The only effective help which can be given the Jews in Eastern Europe is to throw open for them the new fields of inpustrial activity. This is a difficult task, and the ORT is doing its work successfully. I wish from the depth of my heart success for the ORT undertakings, and the greatest support of all Jewry for its work.”
Conceined by Jewish idealists in Russia about half a century ago to help russian Jewry, the ORT organization extended its activities after the war to other countries in Eastern and Central europe. It has built trade schools, cooperative factories and established cooperative agricultural colonies, thus aiding Jews to become self-supporting. It is operating successfully in Soviet Russia, Poland, Roumania, Germany and other countries, where changed political and economic conditions have deprived vast numbers of Jews of their livelihood. The ORT has given new hope and new opportunityes to uprooted and declassed Jews, but its scope is unfortunately limited because of lack of funds.
The American ORT and the women’s American ORT have for years helped the parent organization. The Jewish masses in this country, particularly the working people, responded splendidly to the ORT appeals in the past in behalf of their suffering brethren abroad. At this time, such constructive relief as the ORT is equipped to give is more needed than ever before. It is an instrumentality that should be utilized more extensively.