Celebrating a Bar Mitzvah in Israel

“Bar Mitzvah” is the traditional Jewish term for a boy’s 13th birthday. The Bar Mitzvah ceremony symbolizes the transition from childhood to maturity and the acceptance of the responsibility of following the Jewish religion’s mitzvahs. Many Jewish families choose to hold their son’s Bar Mitzvah in Israel, a unique experience that will provide their child with a deeper understanding of the meaning of being Jewish.

Celebrating a Bar Mitzvah in Israel

Bar Mitzvah in Israel
Bar Mitzvah in Israel

Naturally, many families worldwide choose to celebrate their sons’ Bar Mitzvah in Israel, and the most sought-after location is the Western Wall in Jerusalem. The Bar Mitzvah ceremony is a very meaningful one for the youth and his family and the Western Wall is a highly significant national and religious venue. Secular Jews also see great significance for their Jewish heritage in this venue and conducting the ceremony in this location lends added value to the celebration and heightened emotions to all those participating.

Until the destruction of the Second Temple there were no synagogues and the only place of prayer was the Temple. Following its destruction, the leaders of the Jewish nation declared that synagogues would be granted the status of temporary temple for prayer. The Western Wall is not actually the Temple itself; it is simply the western section of the former Temple, but it is nevertheless the nearest thing there is to praying and holding the ceremony in the actual Temple.

Bar Mitzvah tour in Israel

Jewish family trips to IsraelJerusalem is not only a holy city; it is also a beautiful one with a glorious past and breathtaking landscapes. Therefore, when you hold your Bar Mitzvah ceremony at the Western Wall, you are not only enjoying the sanctity of the place but also the marvelous experiences offered by this unique venue. For example, before or after the ceremony you can take a tour of the Old City streets and visit the other spiritual and cultural sites that make Jerusalem such a memorable place.

Dekel Tours offers private tours in Israel that are fully arranged to suit your personal needs and desires. If you are planning a Bar Mitzvah tour in Israel, Dekel Tours can take care of all the details for you, from your flight to your sleeping arrangements in Jerusalem. We help you plan your stay with visits to all of the places and attractions that interest you. Our staff makes sure you have the best transportation arrangements within the city, assists you in planning and organizing of the ceremony, makes arrangements for restaurants, and more. If you prefer, you can of course enhance the tour as you go and visit other cities and sites during your stay. From the moment you arrive to the moment you depart, you will be accompanied by an Israel private tour guide who will take care of your needs and provide you with answers for every question or request.

Bar Mitzvah Ceremony

Bar Mitvah in Israel
Youth with tallit and tefillin

The Bar Mitzvah ceremony symbolizes the youth’s entrance into society and his assumption of its moral, social and spiritual obligations. From this moment on, the level of commitment to the mitzvahs is the same as that of an adult person. The ceremony in the synagogue symbolizes this change and highlights the boy’s new role as an equal member, in rights and obligations, of the Jewish community.

The ceremony in the synagogue includes important moments such as wrapping the youth in the tallit and placing tefillin, Aaliyah and reading from the Torah, and reading the Drasha. You can choose to do all or only a few of these and you can also have a single event or split it into separate events. Combining the Drasha reading, tefillin and Aaliyah and reading from the Torah in the synagogue can only be done on Monday or Thursday mornings, when a short reading of the Torah is held along with the placement of tefillin. On Saturday you can do Aaliyah and the reading of the Torah and the Drasha but placing tefillin is not practiced on Saturday. In many communities, it is customary to shower the Bar Mitzvah boy with candy after he has read the Torah, especially from the women’s section of the synagogue. It is also customary in a number of communities for the Bar Mitzvah boy to carry a Drasha following the reading from the Torah or at a party organized to celebrate the event. Preparing the Drasha is part of the preparations for the ceremony. As mentioned before, the tefillin placement ceremony can be held separately on any day of the week excluding Shabbat.

Whether you wish to hold the Bar Mitzvah ceremony in a synagogue, at the Western Wall, or in any other location in Israel, Dekel Tours can make all the arrangement necessary to ensure the best experience for your family. Let Dekel Tours organize your unforgettable family trip to Israel. As an experienced tour operator, Dekel Tours knows how to perfectly match every aspect of your tour to your needs and wishes. Contact Dekel Tours for your free consultancy call so we can discuss your requirements and plan the perfect tour for you.