LBC host Nick Ferrari praised the “extraordinary aura” of Jerusalem’s Kotel after visiting Israel for the first time with education charity ORT UK.
The radio broadcaster flew to Israel where he toured Jerusalem with his partner Clare and the charity’s CEO Dan Rickman and trustee Mark Mishon.
“You can’t overstate the significance of what I’ve just been through. There’s an extraordinary aura of calm and devotion. Nothing compares,” he said.
“I thought I was moved when I went to the Basilica in Rome, but this is like nowhere else like this on the planet.”
Ferrari toured the Old City, visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and exploring its shuk before placing a note in the Western Wall.
Ferrari then travelled to the charity’s Kfar Silver Youth Village outside Ashkelon, situated 8 miles from Gaza, where he spent time with students and teachers.
The boarding school run by the charity’s Israeli branch was founded 60 years ago to serve as a haven for children who arrived to Israel from the diaspora.
Dan Rickman, CEO of the charity, said it was an “absolute privilege” to accompany Ferrari on his first trip to the Jewish state.
“I have been fortunate enough to visit many times, but it was amazing viewing Israel through the eyes of someone experiencing its magic for the first time,” he said.
“Nick was absolutely blown away by the spirituality of Jerusalem and the amazing students at Kfar Silver, who are turning their lives around thanks to ORT.”