You know the rap. It's the end of summer; the kids are restless and it's still hot enough to fry an egg on the door-step.
So what better way to dispel those "back to school" gripes than with a family picnic?
Then you learn that 370 extended mischpacha (relatives) decide to join you. So you find a local park, hire a great band, arrange a wide range of attractions and order enough humus to fill Lake Kinneret.
This must have been the thinking behind last night's wonderful bash hosted by the Nefesh B'Nefesh Go North Team when they organised their end-of-summer simcha at Karmiel's Park Hagalil.
The municipal authorities helped to host this second annual "Go North" do by giving Project Manager, Michele Kaplan-Green and her team free use of the park with car-parking facilities for guests, many of whom visited from throughout the Galilee.
We olim chadashim (new immigrants to Israel) were joined by NBN volunteers and other friends from the English-speaking community. Those present represented the diversity of Jewish life in Israel from secular to strictly Orthodox - with some taking serious time out to recite evening prayers.
This was the NBN Go North's second annual picnic and is another example of the generous care with which the organisation treats its clients.
- And the cool guy sporting a degel (Israeli flag) on his cheek? He's 11-year-old Tal Hagin, son of Ariella and Jonathan Hagin. The family recently emigrated from the United States.