Bar & Bat Mitzvah for Holocaust survivors from Jerusalem at the Western Wall

בר ובת מצווה לניצולי שואה מירושלים בכותל המערבי

A moving Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremony for Holocaust survivors from Jerusalem was held today at the Western Wall. The Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebration for Holocaust survivors is an initiative of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation and takes place thanks to the cooperation of Minister Gila Gamliel and the Ministry for Social Equality, as well as various municipalities around Israel. This program brings together groups of senior citizens who survived the horrors of the Holocaust at the time of their Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. Years later, they now have the opportunity to celebrate at the Western Wall surrounded by family, just as every child of that age.

At the emotional ceremony, the men wrapped Tefillin (phylacteries) around their arms and the women participated in a beautiful, festive prayer ceremony. After sharing stories of their difficult experiences in the years of the Holocaust, they went down to the Western Wall Prayer Plaza accompanied by family, IDF soldiers, and volunteers who take part in this unique event.

 

The Western Wall Heritage Foundation is honored and proud to host this special program.

Today June 14, 2021

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Interesting Facts

The Western Wall Plaza hosts approximately 60,000 people. It symbolizes the Jewish link to Jerusalem and serves as the synagogue closest to the remains of both Holy Temples.
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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The women's section in the Western Wall Tunnels closes on Fridays at 13:00 and opens again about 15 minutes before Shabbat begins.

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