The Jewish Agency for Israel was awarded the Israel Prize, the country’s highest honor.
Israel’s Ministry of Education announced the recognition Tuesday.
The Israel Prize is given each year in the humanities, science, arts and culture, and lifetime achievement on Israel’s Independence Day.
Founded in 1929 as a prestate, quasi-governmental organization, the agency won the award for its Zionist efforts.
“In granting the Israel Prize, the State of Israel expresses its recognition to the organization which brought to realization the vision of the return to Zion, and established a political sovereignty for the Jewish people in their homeland,” the education ministry said in a statement.
“It continues today along with the Jewish people and along with the government of Israel to contribute on a dailly basis in shaping the face of Israeli society, in settling the land, in absorbing immigrants, in education, in revitalizing neighborhoods and in creating the groundwork for the state.”