Bat Mitzvah at the Kotel

Connecting to the Chain of Generations

The Western Wall Heritage Foundation invites you to celebrate your Bat 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!

Preparing for the Bat Mitzvah

For the first time in Israel, we are offering a series of group meetings especially for Bat Mitzvah girls that combines studying Jewish traditions and heritage in preparation for entering the world of Jewish adulthood. This national program is subsidized.

The Day of the Bat 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.

The Bat Mitzvah Ceremony

Join the Jewish people's chain of generations in a new and unique ceremony including blessings, prayers, singing, and a special opportunity to light candles in a beautiful, historical site inside the Western Wall Tunnels.

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Tours for the Day of the Bat 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.

Bat Mitzvah at the Western Wall

A new tradition has begun at the Western Wall – a unique Bat Mitzvah ceremony in the women’s prayer section. Join the Jewish people’s chain of generations at a moving ceremony that creates an unforgettable experience for the entire family. This ceremony is offered at no charge. For more information and registration:
The Ceremony

Young Guides Program

Young Guides Program

In honor of your Bat Mitzvah, give your family a special gift – a tour of the Western Wall Tunnels or the Chain of Generations Center, led by… you!

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The Bat Mitzvah Necklace

A beautiful, unique necklace created exclusively for the Western Wall Heritage Foundation. Design based on an ancient drawing of the Western Wall.  Cost: 130  NIS.
Special for the Bat Mitzvah’s family, this event is held in a beautiful hall in the Kotel Tunnels. The ceremony includes a candle lighting ceremony using antique candlesticks & an opportunity to “give light” to a Holocaust survivor.   
 
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Hundreds of young girls from Israel and around the world had the honor of celebrating their Bat Mitzvahs this past year at the Kotel, in a unique and moving ceremony sponsored by the Western Wall Heritage Foundation.

Q&A

Bat Mitzvah

Question: I am interested in holding my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah celebration at the Western Wall. What do you have to offer? Answer: The Western Wall Heritage Foundation invites any Bat Mitzvah girl to celebrate her special day at an event at the Western Wall together with her family. We offer two types of ceremonies: A 30-minute ceremony, which includes meeting with a Bat Mitzvah ‘guide.’ This event takes place at the Western Wall Plaza and in the women’s prayer section of the Western Wall. It is offered free of charge. A one hour ceremony,which is held in one of the halls in the Western Wall…

Bat Mitzvah Ceremony in the Winter

Question: Our Bat Mitzvah ceremony is scheduled for next week, but the weather forecast predicts stormy weather. Will the ceremony be held in any case? Answer: The short, 30-minute ceremony takes place outside on the Western Wall Plaza and in the women’s prayer section. In the event of rain, we will hold the ceremony in the women’s section under Wilson’s Arch located in the Western Wall Tunnels. The expanded, one hour ceremony in any case is held inside in one of the Western Wall Tunnels’ halls and therefore can take place in any weather.

When should the ceremony be held?

Question: When is it recommended to hold a Bat Mitzvah ceremony at the Western Wall? Answer: The ceremony can be held  on either Sunday, Tuesday or Wednesday from 8:00-16:00. On Monday and Thursday from 13:00-16:00. on Friday from 8:00-11:30.

Bat Mitzvah Necklace

Question: I would like to give my daughter a special gift for her Bat Mitzvah. What do you have to offer? Answer: We have designed an exclusive necklace especially for girls celebrating their Bat Mitzvahs. This one-of-a-kind gift is a beautiful, silver-plated medallion in the shape of an ancient picture of the Western Wall. This is indeed a unique and meaningful memento of this special occasion. The necklace can be purchased whether or not a ceremony is held at the Western Wall, by ordering it in advance at telephone *5958.

Number of Guests

Question: How many guests can join us at the Bat Mitzvah ceremony? Answer: In order to maintain an intimate and special character to these ceremonies, we recommend limiting the total number of guests to 35 people.

Grandma Has Difficulty Walking

Question: We are planning a Bat Mitzvah at the Western Wall for our daughter and wanted to ask whether the event is appropriate for her 80-year-old grandmother who has difficulty walking? Answer: It should be taken into consideration that the area of the Old City in general, and the Western Wall in particular, has many steps and uneven sidewalks. We will make every effort to use as few stairs as possible but be aware that this is often unavoidable. It is advised that you have someone available to assist your grandmother in these more difficult areas.

Food at the Event

Question: We would like to offer our guests refreshments after the Bat Mitzvah ceremony. Is there an area at the Western Wall where we can do so? Answer: 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. 1. The porch is not wheelchair accessible. It can only be reached by stairs. 2. The Haguy tunnel is on the same level as the Western Wall Plaza and is accessible for families.

Parking

Question: We will be holding a Bat Mitzvah ceremony at the Western Wall next month. Where do you recommend we park our car in order to get to the Western Wall? Answer: Directions

Bat Mitzvah celebration is a special occasion for girls and their families, but planning the bat mitzvah party can be difficult. The Western Wall Heritage Foundation can help you organize the bat mitzvah celebration at the Western Wall and to help you have an amazing and unique experience.

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Bat Mitzvah Letters

Mendelson family

“Thank you for your warm welcome and for the lovely ceremony you arranged for our daughter. We are so happy that we chose to celebrate the Bat Mitzvah at the Kotel. It was very special and moving.”

Hirsch family

“The ceremony we held in the hall was very beautiful and we got many explanations from the guide that taught us a lot and provided a special significance to the event…”

Leshem family

“We were very moved by the Bat Mitzvah ceremony we held at the Western Wall. The guide was very nice and gracious, and made the event feel very festive and special. We left the ceremony with our hands full – with the craft project, the album of blessings, the certificate, and many good memories.”

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