Mazal Tov on the upcoming bat or bar mitzvah of your daughter or son!
Celebrating a bat or bar mitzvah in Israel is an emotional and religious milestone, not just for the bat / bar mitzvah girl or boy, but for the entire family. It's an exciting journey that strengthens your family's connection to its roots, religion and ancient homeland.
A family bat / bar mitzvah Israel journey might even cost less than a lavish event back home.
But planning a bar or bat mitzvah event in Israel from long distance isn't easy!
You need to select the indoor and/or outdoor venues suitable for the weather in Israel during your planned trip. You also need to find catering, photographers, entertainment, logistics, tour guides, and so much more...
Some families choose to join an organized bat/bar mitzvah tour in which everything is planned for you. It is a good solution, although not everyone enjoys traveling with a group of strangers, especially when its time to celebrate a family Bat or Bar Mitzvah.
So where is the best place to conduct the Bar /Bat Mitzvah ceremony in Israel?
Some people want an elegant indoor event -
While others prefer a casual event on one of Israel's beautiful Mediterranean beaches -
Honestly, there is no 'best' place because there are lots of fabulous options with pros and cons, so choose the venue that is just right for you and your family.
The magical atmosphere and symbolism of Jerusalem make it the most popular city for Bat and Bar Mitzvah celebrations in Israel.
Just be aware that parking is problematic in Jerusalem, so you may need to walk a lot to get to your venue. Consider including transportation such as private buses for your guests, especially if your family party includes elderly or disabled persons.
The Kotel is the holiest and most traditional venue for a bat or bar mitzvah ceremony. It's a dream come true for many families.
Kotel means Wall and the Kotel is the remnant of the Western Wall of the ancient Jewish Temple that can be seen above ground. The Wall actually continues within underground tunnels leading north from the Kotel. For a private tour of underground Jerusalem, read more here.
Bar Mitzvah services are held at the Kotel on Monday and Thursday mornings when the Torah portions are read.
Since the Kotel is managed by the Orthodox rabbinate in Israel, men and women sit in separate prayer areas separated by dividers. This may not suit every family, but there are lots of alternative Jerusalem locations.
The Southern Wall of the Jewish Temple is part of the Davidson Center in the Jerusalem Archaeological Park.
It is a superb location for your Bat or Mitzvah in Israel with an amazing view of the Mount of Olives.
It's especially suitable if you prefer a non-Orthodox ceremony. At Robinson's Arch in the Davidson Center, men and women can participate and sit together near the Hulda Steps which ascended to the Temple.
There are other beautiful locations in Jerusalem that can be part of a significant ceremony.
The lovely, restored Hurva Synagogue in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City is a popular alternative site in the Orthodox tradition.
There are lots of other venue options in Jerusalem: museums, art galleries, restaurants, hotels and synagogues, many with a gorgeous Jerusalem view.
Find out how Rikki and Melissa, our house Event Planners can help you choose the perfect venue and plan your Bat or Bar Mitzvah in Israel.
With its spectacular landscapes and inspirational history, Masada is an amazing choice for a Bat or Bar Mitzvah celebration. Masada is a grand symbol of Jewish resistance and the founding of the State of Israel.
There are no restricitions at the open-air synagogue of Masada.
Women and men can sit together and you can conduct any type of Orthodox, Conservative or Reform services.
Typically a tour of Masada is included as part of the ceremony, and other fun activities can be planned for the family, such as a challah-making workshop, a fun desert jeep trip -
A visit to the nearby Dead Sea, or even an ethnic meal in a Bedouin tent in the desert.
When planning a bar or bat mitzvah in Israel, the possibilities for unique and fun locations and activities are endless!
Besides the locations described above, there are other wonderful ceremony venues. To name just a few:
Don't forget to plan activities for the family before and/or after the actual Bar or Bat Mitzvah day itself. Here are some ideas:
Exploring some of the wonderful caves and tunnels of Israel, for example in Beit Maresha.
Desert Sand Surfing in the Negev Desert in the south of Israel.
Camel or horseback riding along one of Israel's beautiful beaches.
Rafting or kayaking in one of the rivers in the north of Israel.
Diving or snorkeling in the Read Sea in Eilat - where you can see some of the most beautiful coral reefs and sea life in the world.
Some other ideas:
Let our House Event Planners help you plan your Bar or Bat Mitzvah in Israel. Contact Rikki and Melissa using our Israel Event Planning Form HERE.
And before you go...
The Israel Governnment awards Bat and Bar mitzvah certificates if you conduct a ceremony in Israel. Fill in the attached form at least one month before your actual ceremony date.
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