Chasidic students finding new appeal in Brooklyn vocational college.

A member of the Chabad-Lubavitch sect and a resident of Brooklyn’s heavily chasidic Crown Heights neighborhood, Dov Ber Cohen had no diploma and no career goal when he finished his yeshiva high school two years ago.

An indifferent student, by his own description, Cohen thought he would study eventually for his GED high school equivalency degree and work in some business.

Then his father suggested Bramson ORT College.

ORT, a Jewish educational charity founded in Russia in 1880 (the English acronym means Organization for Rehabilitation through Training) to teach agricultural and related skills to poor Jews, which subsequently established a worldwide network of schools, has had a longtime presence in nearby Bensonhurst.


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