American pastor James Ridgway was honored late last month for bringing some 300,000 tourists to Israel since 1974 through his nonprofit organization, Educational Opportunities, which was also marking its 35th anniversary.
The January 28 event at the Olive Tree Hotel in Jerusalem was attended by about 120 people.
Ridgway first visited Israel in 1959 as an Interfaith Fellow at the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. His visit made such an impact on his life that he felt called upon to bring other people here, he said.
NADIA BEIDAS, the Jersualem Post, Jan 28, 2009