A moving Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremony for Holocaust survivors from Petah Tikva 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.