Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Yom HaAtzmaut at Pina Chama

As Israel celebrated its 63rd birthday, my family went to Gush Etzion's Pina Chama (soldiers' hospitality hut) to make a barbecue for our men and women in the Israel Defense Forces and thank them for their service to the nation.

Dozens of volunteers cut pickles and pitot, counted flatware, filled containers of salad and barbecued chicken, franks and hamburgers that were finished as soon as they were finished. :)

Volunteers did anything and everything for the benefit of the soldiers. I washed dishes (although I'd never wash them at home) and stacked pickle containers (a vital task). One of our neighborhood builders washed the floor. Accountants and entrepreneurs manned the grill.

Folks from every community in Gush Etzion sent the Pina Chama salads, sodas and cakes for the soldiers. Food was plentiful and spirits were high.

The chayalim (soldiers) came in waves, thanked the volunteers and left with boxes packed with yummy meats and salads. They brought packages back to their fellow soldiers throughout Gush Etzion.

Pina Chama is open every weekday, but Yom HaAtzmaut is the biggest day of the year with almost 1000 soldiers joining in the feast-ivities.

Happy Yom HaAtzmaut to Am Yisrael, especially our dear soldiers.

Join us at Pina Chama in these short clips:

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