Pina Hama 521.
(photo credit: Courtesy: Sharon Katz)
With hundreds of IDF soldiers bustling in and out all day long, in addition to
area volunteers dropping off cakes and other baked goods around the clock, it’s
surprising that the hinges on the door of Gush Etzion’s “pina hama” (“cozy
corner”) canteen for soldiers haven’t yet popped off.Established at the
Gush Etzion Junction over 11 years ago for soldiers in need of a break from
their tiresome duties seeking a cold drink, a piece of cake, a cup of coffee, or
other treats – all presented with a friendly smile from a local resident
volunteer – the canteen is a melting pot where IDF servicemen and women of all
backgrounds gather to freshen up, re-energize, talk to friends, read a book or
even to get to know the locals.