Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah celebrations in Israel are opportunities for teens and their families to celebrate becoming part of the Jewish community in the Jewish homeland. There are many locations in Israel where you can create the celebration of your dreams.
Bar & Bat Mitzvah Ceremonies
Families often come to Jerusalem for a traditional prayer ceremony at the Western Wall when their children are called up to read from the Torah for the first time. This is the holiest site for Jews all over the world, so it is a special place to mark your child’s becoming a fully-fledged member of the Jewish nation.
Today there are options to pray separately or as a family at the Western Wall. There is a large open area set aside – away from all the crowds – for family and group celebrations without limitations. Here it is permissible for all the family to pray together, and for both men and women to read from the Torah.
Making Your Celebration Special
Groups of musicians with drums and shofars can be hired to accompany your group on their journey to the Kotel, creating a wonderful party atmosphere. We can arrange for your child to receive a Bnei Mitzvah certificate from the Ministry of Tourism or from the Western Wall Heritage Foundation to commemorate their historic ceremony.
Bar and Bat Mitzvah services can also be arranged in other locations around Israel, including beautiful old synagogues, archeological sites and outdoor spaces in nature. You can even host your ceremony on top of Masada, in one of the oldest surviving synagogues in the world! There are many ways in which your celebration can be customized in creative ways, with themed parties, tours of historic and significant sites, and even philanthropic projects.
Bar & Bat Mitzvah History Tours
To make your celebration really unique, we can plan your Israel tour around the interests and personality of your Bar or Bat Mitzvah, and involve them in the planning. Shatour Israel can help you find an appropriate setting that is significant to your family history, and choose and brief the best tour guide to bring your family story to life. We can also coach your teen to lead the family tour group themselves or organize a themed scavenger hunt.
Bringing the family to Israel creates great opportunities to spend quality time exploring Israel together. Whatever the ages and tastes of your group, Shatour can design an Israel itinerary with something for everyone.
Mitzvah Projects in Israel
There are many philanthropic organizations in Israel that offer mitzvah opportunities for families looking to mark their coming of age by helping those less fortunate. For example, you can celebrate your Bar and Bat Mitzvah with children from disadvantaged backgrounds, or choose to spend time during your visit meeting Israeli soldiers or Holocaust survivors.
Coming to Israel to celebrate your Bar or Bat Mitzvah opens up a huge range of options to make your celebration personal and meaningful. Talk to Shatour Israel about designing a memorable family Israel trip to mark your teen’s coming of age. Contact us today!