Jewish Journal

For the Kids

by Abby Gilad

February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

One year ago, Kol Tikvah Religious School in Woodland Hills started a letter-writing campaign to Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon. The students sent letters to him wishing him well and telling him how proud they were of his accomplishments, letting him know he was not only important to Israel, but to American students as well. For the next year they followed Ramon's progress, and were waiting for his return -- when he would visit California and Kol Tikvah.

When the students arrived at Kol Tikvah on Sunday, Feb. 2, tears came to their eyes when they realized that Ilan Ramon, one of the seven astronauts on the Columbia, wasn't coming home. Karen Susman Waldman, director of education, asked the students to write letters to Ilan Ramon's family, letting them know that their sadness is shared throughout the world.  

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