Holocaust survivors from Rishon Lezion

We were very excited and privileged to host Holocaust survivors from Rishon Lezion at the Western Wall. The survivors came to celebrate the bar/bat mitzvah they were unable to celebrate in their youth during the Holocaust.

Throughout the year, we host Holocaust survivors at the Western Wall and the Tunnels in collaboration with the Claims Conference. We hear their stories, embrace them, empower them, and celebrate with them the bar/bat mitzvah they didn’t have as children.
These encounters are a huge privilege for us. We will continue to be there with them and for them, to pass their stories on from generation to generation.

We tour the Western Wall Tunnels or the Chain of Generations – a magnificent display along the Jewish nation’s chain of generations from Abraham to modern days. Together with IDF soldiers who join for part of the ceremony, we honor the memory of the Holocaust and its victims. We salute the survivors and celebrate their bar mitzvah with putting on tefillin and a special aliya to the Torah. The event ends with a festive meal and a beautiful personalized certificate for every survivor as a souvenir of the event.

Today February 7, 2023

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Interesting Facts

The Western Wall's visible stones tell of its history from the time of the Holy Temples' ruin. The original Herodian stones are distinct from the others in size and in their unique borders.
The building style of "grading" used when layering the Western Wall's stones, teaches us that the Temple Mount's walls were not perpendicular but marginally sloping.

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Notice for Women's Section in Tunnels

The women's section in the Western Wall Tunnels closes on Fridays at 13:00 and opens again about 15 minutes before Shabbat begins.

Event Calendar

14 Shevat 5783
February 5, 2023
Bs”d Yitro 5783   Parashat Yitro Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Rabbi of the Western Wall
11 Shevat 5783
February 2, 2023
8 Shevat 5783
January 30, 2023
Parashat Beshalach 5783 Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, Rabbi of the Western Wall and the Holy
4 Shevat 5783
January 26, 2023
“I was born anew, Am Yisrael Chai.” Bar/Bat Mitzvah for Holocaust survivors at the
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