As the first Israeli astronaut, Ilan Ramon felt that he was “representing all Jews and all Israelis.”
Ilan Ramon, an Israeli child of Holocaust survivors, was the first astronaut ever to request kosher food and to observe the Sabbath in space.
An Israeli combat pilot and, later, the first Israeli astronaut for NASA, Ramon was the only foreign recipient of the US Congressional Space Medal of Honor.
He and six others were killed in the failed Space Shuttle Columbia mission on February 1, 2003. He was 48.
Watch this beautiful tribute to Ilan Ramon and hear his expressed hope for world peace.
Send 'Warm Winter' Care Packages to Israeli Soldiers - They are Cold!
We are honored to thank the young men and women of the IDF who risk their lives every day to protect and defend the citizens of Israel. Join us in sending winter care packages (and personal notes of support) to Israeli soldiers who are out in the cold all day long.
Warm up a soldier's heart with essential winter wear including a fleece jacket, hat, gloves and neck warmer. Keep an entire unit warm by ordering 10 packages! The soldiers greatly appreciate your love and concern.
Send a gift and write your personal message to a soldier today!