Bar / Bat Mitzvah for Holocaust Survivors from Rishon LeZion

בר ובת מצווה לניצולי שואה מראשון לציון

A moving ceremony took place today at the Western Wall Plaza as a group of Holocaust survivors from the Israeli city of Rishon LeZion belatedly marked their bar and bat mitzvahs. This initiative of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation is conducted with the cooperation of Minister Gila Gamliel, the Ministry for Social Equality, and various municipalities around Israel. The project gathers groups of elderly people who survived the horrors of the Shoah during their bar and bat mitzvah years and who were not able to mark the occasion due to the tragic times and circumstances. Decades later, they are being brought to the Western Wall, accompanied by family members, where the survivors participate in a moving prayer ceremony, share their stories, celebrate their resilience, and in an extremely moving gesture  they are saluted by current soldiers of the Israel Defense Force.
The Western Wall Heritage Foundation is proud to be a part of a program that is the ultimate expression of Am Yisrael Chai  The Jewish Nation Lives!

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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