Bar Mitzvah at the Kotel

Connecting to the Chain of Generations

The Western Wall Heritage Foundation invites you to celebrate your Bar Mitzvah at the Western Wall in a moving ceremony and in the special atmosphere of unity and holiness, all free of charge.

All details await you here. Register early to guarantee yourselves an unforgettable experience for this once-in-a-lifetime event!

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Preparing for the Bar Mitzvah

Register now and come prepared for the big day. Learn how to read from the Torah with the proper trop (notes) & put on tefillin (phylacteries). Learn about the values of being a mature Jewish young man and strengthen your connection to the Jewish people. This is a subsidized program held throughout Israel.

Bar Mitzvah Ceremony

Join the Jewish people's Chain of Generations in a moving ceremony at the Western Wall. Included are blessings, putting on tefillin (phylacteries), reading of the Sh’ma, and the highlight of the ceremony- calling the Bar Mitzvah boy up to the Torah. All free of charge.

The Day of the Bar Mitzvah: Information

Directions to the Western Wall, what to bring, where to park, serving refreshments...everything you need to know so you can come prepared and on time to celebrate your special event at the Western Wall.

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Tours on the Day of the Bar Mitzvah

Continue the celebration with enjoyable and enriching family tours at sites in and around the Western Wall and the Jewish Quarter. The tours are led by the best of the Foundation’s guides and are suitable for every family

Quill of the Heart

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Experiential, Preparatory Gathering with the Bar Mitzvah Boy and His Family in One of the Western Wall Tunnel Halls before His Laying of Tefillin and Being Called up to the Torah

Bar Mitzvah at the Western Wall

For decades, thousands of families from Israel and around the world have celebrated their Bar Mitzvahs at the Western Wall. Each week, the Western Wall Plaza fills with joyous and emotional families who have arrived to commemorate this special milestone in their sons’ lives.

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Bar Mitzvah Event Production

Come to your bar mitzvah at the Kotel knowing that everything is professionally planned so that the bar mitzvah boy, parents, family, and friends can enjoy an experience enveloped in holiness, a ceremony celebrating spiritual maturity. The Western Wall Heritage Foundation’s professional staff will accompany you from the moment you decide to celebrate at the Kotel and throughout the event.
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Bar Mitzvah Calculator

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Find your Hebrew Bar Mitzvah date and Parasha (portion)

Q&A

Q:  In what languages can the ceremony be conducted? A: The guides of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation speak various languages, including English, Russian, French and Spanish. If you would like the ceremony run in a language other than Hebrew, you must indicate your language of choice when you register for the ceremony. We will try, but cannot guarantee, to find you a guide in your requested language.
Q:  Who runs the ceremony? What qualifications does he have? A: Our guides have all undergone careful selection, specialized training and qualification by the Western Wall Heritage Foundation. All our guides are trained in leading prayers and in helping create a festive and joyful atmosphere. Our guides are familiar with the proper Torah reading װtropױ (notes) and can assist in the Torah reading as needed. In addition to helping run the ceremony, the guide will also assist you in all logistics such as finding a table in the Kotel area, bringing a Torah scroll and prayer books, and the like.
Q:  Can we incorporate personal greetings and comments into the ceremony? A: Absolutely!! Personal greetings and blessings can be included in the ceremony with the help of your guide who will indicate to you the proper time and place for such by maintaining appropriate limitations of modesty as is warranted at this holy site.
Q: What do you suggest that we do before or after the ceremony? What tours or activities do you suggest? A: The Western Wall Heritage Foundation has a wide variety of activities (for a fee) that can be incorporated either before or after the ceremony at the Kotel. Among these activities are:  The ׂQuill of the Heart׃ ׀ an encounter with an ancient tradition of Jewish scribes, writing Torah scrolls, phylacteries (tױfillin) and mezuzot), in one of the beautiful halls located in the Kotel Tunnels. click here   ׂYoung Guides׃ – a tour of the Kotel Tunnels or the Chain of…
Q:  What other services do you offer for the celebrating families? A: The Foundationױs Bar Mitzvah family package coordinator would be happy to assist you in any ancillary services to your event, from beginning to end, including organizing transportation, the familyױs procession to the Kotel, restaurants, halls, etc. For details call *5958.
Q:  What souvenir does the Bar Mitzvah boy get after the ceremony? A: Every Bar Mitzvah boy receives a decorative certificate with his name and the date of his Bar Mitzvah. The certificate is signed by the Rabbi of the Kotel and can be framed for a memento that will last forever.
Bar Mitzvah celebration is a special occasion for boys and their families, but planning the bar mitzvah party can be difficult. The Western Wall Heritage Foundation can help you organize the bar mitzvah celebration at the Western Wall and to help you have an amazing and unique experience.

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Thank You Letters

The Michael Family

Thank you very much to our guide, Kalman. He was great, and thanks to him we were very happy. Thank you to all of you who made our celebration so amazing.

The Niv Family

We really enjoyed ourselves. It was an enriching and moving experience. Thank you to the guide for being with us and for the explanations.

The Albachar Family

We were very touched by the caring, the concern, and the desire to support and help, from the very first phone conversation up to the day of the aliya to the Torah where we were accompanied by the guide at the scribe-writing workshop and at the ceremony at the Kotel.

The Eitzes Family

I have no words to describe how incredible our child’s event was! We met Rabbi Pinchas and he ran the ceremony at the Kotel. It was the pinnacle of connection, of belonging to the nation. A once-in-a-lifetime experience. (At least the first, since this is the oldest boy and oldest grandson). We thank you for your wonderful work! What a huge mitzvah!

The Shavit Family

To the entire staff of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation and especially to those who deal with the organization and running of bar mitzvah ceremonies, my family and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the moving ceremony, the follow up and the perfect guidance of the entire process beginning with overcoming challenges of transportation right to the end. We are overwhelmed by the impressive experience.

The Holtz Family

I cannot find the words to thank you and praise Rabbi Meir Yisrael Nahon who ran our son Omer’s bar mitzvah ceremony with love and devotion. We felt as though he was taking care of his own family and his own son. Thank you and well done!

The Shmueli Family

Thank you very much to the amazing Daniel for taking care of us from the first day we made contact. Daniel ran the scribe-writing ceremony for us which was interesting and so moving it brought us to tears. The Look into the Past experience was also wonderful and well-done. Meir, the guide, was perfect for the aliya to the Torah. It was fascinating and moving. He was simply amazing!!! Thank you very, very much for a powerful experience that we will never forget.

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