The Western Wall Heritage Foundation invites you to commemorate this meaningful family event at the Western Wall, and is available to assist with the Bar Mitzvah planning at all stages of the celebration – at no charge.
Things to Take Into Consideration
It is an unforgettable experience for a Jewish family not living in Israel to come to Jerusalem when their young boy turns thirteen, for some it may literally be a dream come true. Many parents who choose to celebrate their son’s Bar Mitzvah at the Kotel have relatives and friends travel long distances in order to attend. It is important to take into consideration all that is necessary to ensure all stages of the event run smoothly so that everybody thoroughly enjoys participating.
Consulting a professional event planner specializing in Bar Mitzvah planning will take much of the load off your shoulder. Others may feel up to the task of arranging everything themselves.
It is a good idea to set a budget as early in the planning process as possible. Doing so will provide a framework within which other choices can be made. Next, you must decide on how many people will attend. Another matter is whether a ceremony at the Kotel is all you plan to hold or will there also be a reception before or after gathering at the Kotel. Transportation is also something which demands attention; parking in Jerusalem can be tricky and this must be taken into consideration if you plan to have guests arriving independently.
If you plan to hold a reception before the ceremony at the Kotel, or directly after it, there are many possible venues you can choose from. It is important to pick a venue which best suits your needs it terms of number of guests, the way you wish to celebrate, the menu, how food and drinks will be served etc.
A Bar Mitzvah at the Kotel holds great potential for being highly emotional, moving, exciting and enjoyable. Careful Bar Mitzvah planning will ensure this potential is fulfilled.
Transportation to the Western Wall
The Western Wall Train and Shuttle bus depart from Jaffa Gate and return every 20 minutes between 08:40 and 13:20 – The travel is free for Bar Mitzvah families.
Departure point – Karta Parking Lot B (the bus parking lot parallel to Yitzhak Kariv Street)
Destination- Goren Square near the Western Wall.
To the north of the Western Wall Plaza (to the left of the prayer plaza) there are two covered areas with tables for the use of bar mitzvah families who wish to bring refreshments.