Paying it forward

Gush Etzion residents opened ‘pina hama’ – a free canteen for soldiers in the area – as a way to say thank you for their service.

September 13, 2012 12:58
Pina Hama

Pina Hama 521. (photo credit: Courtesy: Sharon Katz)


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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.


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