The ceremony took place Wednesday morning at Congregation Beth Israel in Houston.
"President Bush has been particularly supportive of world Jewry, such as when he played a pivotal role in the evacuation of some 14,000 Jews from Ethiopia during that country's civil war in the late 1980s," the society said in a news release. "He was also a leader in providing support to newly independent Poland and Hungary after the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989."
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The society also recognized Barbara Bush for being "the anchor to her husband and therefore equally deserving of recognition."