Ort Zur Barak

Ort Zur Barak is a vocational school near the southern town of Ashkelon. It was founded by the Israel industrialist Stef Wertheimer in collaboration with IDF’s Ordnance Corps. The school is supervised by the Ministry of Finance and part of the ORT Israel Network. ORT Zur Barak offers a wide range of vocational training programs for youth-at-risk from southern Israel aged 14-18. The vision is to provide these young people with a profession for life, to teach them the social skills necessary for social mobility and for maximizing their educational potential. In a newly created program, youth-at-risk studying at the school will be employed in Computerized Numerical Control (CNC) and carpentry workshops on the school’s premises.

Joined IVN’s portfolio in 2016 within the framework of IVN’s partnership with Bank Mizrahi-Tefahot

STATUS: Seed

To Or Zur Barak website

Mentors

Arie Bergman Former chairman and CEO of Mobat Communication, Arie is founder, chairman and CEO of Bartal Electronic Enclosures. He brings with him decades of experience in product design, development and manufacturing. Michal Kahan Michal is currently the CEO of Lev El. Prior to Lev El Michal was a Director of Marketing for Broadcom Corporation (NADAQ: BRCM) and co-founder of Dune networks in 2001 which was then acquired by Broadcom in Dec 2009.

Co-Investors

IVN & Bank Mizrahi-Tefahot

Impact

Number of youth in the program

  • 2015 – 26 employed in CNC and carpentry

 Income generated

  • 2015 – 30,000 NIS