Meat, Greet and Good Friends — Israel’s Independence Day 2012

Illuminated Israeli flag at Azrieli Center on Independence day, Tel Aviv, Israel
© Hanan Isachar / SuperStock

Tonight is the beginning of Israel’s 64th birthday celebrations.  All over the country people gather together in public parks to listen to music, dance a little, watch the fireworks and basically party.  And tomorrow?  Tomorrow the whole country heads outdoors for the national sport of Israel, barbecuing, or in other words, the art of mangal.

We get together with our friends in Ra’anana every year, and it can become a bit rowdy…

The day begins slowly.  We have partied hard the night before.  Okay, the kids have partied hard, since we’ve hit a certain age we’ve stayed home to enjoy the quiet house and watch a bit of TV).  We take advantage of the day off from work and sleep late.  Okay, the kids sleep late, we just sleep a little later.  By 9:30 in the morning we’re already downstairs gathering together all the food and equipment for the communal barbecue party soon that will take place in a few hours.

Ju-Boy and Marvelous Marc hit the park early to nab a choice spot under a large tree for our group.  Usually 7-8 families show up in dribs and drabs.  Some come early to get a place in the shade, others arrive later to take advantage of another family’s glowing coals.  The fires are started, the food is taken out, eaten, shared, cold beer is passed around and Karen always brings the ingredients for s’mores.

After time spent in gluttony one of the kids (they do eventually show up, late and hungry and still half-asleep) will take out a guitar.  Didi and Hilaly work on their tans.  Marvelous Marc goes to sleep in the relative quiet of the trunk of his car, and Karen tries to lock him in.  Once the coals have died down we all dump them in Miiiiiiiiichael’s barbecue and we head off to the main street of Ra’anana to watch the annual Independence Day Parade.

This group has been getting together for almost 25 years.  Some traditions are decades old, some are new.  All are fun.

Marc naps in the trunk of his car

Didi interrupted mid-tanning session

There's always a hint of danger at these events...

... but a good time is had by all!

Sick Salad

Every year, on Israel’s Independence Day, we all go off and have a barbecue in a public park together with friends and family. Every year, without fail, my Ju-Boy makes his Sick Salad. Ju-Boy is British, so sick means barf. And it really does look like barf. People rave about it, although I wouldn’t know, I really can’t bring myself to eat it, although that one time I did taste it (with my eyes closed), it was actually pretty tasty! Here it is, in all it’s glorious, sick splendor!


  • 1 large onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 kilo (1 pound) button mushrooms, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons oil , for sauteing
  • 6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 (14 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Saute the onion and mushrooms in the oil until soft.
  2. Dump it all into a bowl with the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Serve well chilled with barf bags on the side.


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Posted on 25 April 2012, in Celebrations, Family Life, Israel, Low Carb, Salads, Vegetarian and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. don’t rush off for the parade this year – it was already held at the beginning of the month to open the 90th anniversary festivities!


  2. there is no other day like it in the year – where we go from one day feeling so down at our loss of nearly 23.000 people over the 64 years that we have had a state – to feeling on such a high that we have our own state and we can feel united in barbequing together and sitting in parks together to celebrate .


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