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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Happy 70th Birthday, Israel,

Every Israeli has their own holiday traditions.  I’m no exception to the rule.

I haven’t mentioned it over the past few years, but I’ve continued to volunteer every Yom Ha’Atzma’ut (Israel Independence Day), at the Pina Chama; literally a warm corner not far from our house which provides food and drinks throughout the year for soldiers serving in the area.

On Yom Ha’Atzmaut a big group of volunteers throws a big BBQ (locally referred to as a 'mangal’) for the soldiers on duty throughout the region.  Hundreds come in during the day to eat and relax, and we send out meals to hundreds more to wherever they are stationed. 

This is my 15th straight year working the first shift on the grill.  And after I finished my 3 hour shift, I went home and grilled up a nice meal for my family and some friends who joined us.

Here are some photos from the Pina Chama today:

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If you look closely at that second to last photo; the one of the guys working on the grill... that’s me in the middle in the light blue shirt (Zahava would call it turquoise)

Oh, and a neat feature of the place is that many of the thousands of soldiers who have enjoyed the Pina Chama's hospitality hang their unit flags, shoulder tags and other insignia on the walls and ceiling. 

 

Posted by David Bogner on April 19, 2018 | Permalink

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LOVE your tradition -- on behalf of parents all over Israel, thank you!!!

Posted by: sarah henya | Apr 19, 2018 6:34:28 PM

So nice! My son in Sha'alvim said the the Yeshiva walked the 27 miles from Nof Ayalon to Yerushalaim, with the Rabbeim explaining what they saw/where they were and the significance along the way. With ample food, fun and singing of course! Happy Birthday, and even though it's a day off this your, Happy Birthday to Mrs. LFD who's birthday is 5 Iyar (she graciously shares her birthday with her twin brother and an entire country, Lol).

Posted by: -LFD | Apr 20, 2018 3:55:15 AM

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