Herzog Elected President of World Ort; First Israeli in That Post

Chaim Herzog, Israel’s former Ambassador to the United Nations, was elected president of the World ORT Union at Its 100th anniversary conference here. He will succeed William Haber of Ann Arbor, Mich., who has headed the World ORT since 1955.

The conference endorsed a long-range program which envisages more than 200,000 students in ORT’s worldwide vocational training programs by the end of the century. At present, more than 100,000 students attend some 700 ORT schools and programs worldwide. ORI Israel’s operations account for some two-thirds of the world organization’s over all vocational efforts, About 70,000 Israelis attend ORT schools in Israel. The ORT budget for 1980 is more than $69 million.

Herzog has been chairman of the World ORT Union Executive Committee for the past 18 months and was president of ORT-Israel for 12 years. He is the first Israeli to head the World ORT.

Other top officers elected at the conference were Pierre Dreyfus of France, first vice president and Shelley Appleton of the U.S., as chairman of the Executive Committee. Dreyfus is a former managing director of the Renault motor company. Appleton is secretary general of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. Joseph Harmatz, former director of ORI Israel, was elected director general of the World ORT Union, replacing Max Braude who is retiring.

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