When planning your Bar Mitzvah tour to Israel you will want to devote time to the city at the center of Jewish tradition and history, Jerusalem! It is best to research and organize the events yourself; this can save you money and allow you to customize your trip to meet your group’s needs. Here is our list of the top 5 places to visit in and around Jerusalem:
City of David Underground Tour:
This is a must for any Bar Mitzvah tour! This tour of underground archeological discoveries in Jerusalem offers something for everyone: adventure, history, and a greater appreciation of Judaism – all in one doable trip! (Although not an extreme tour, it is not recommended for those with limited mobility or claustrophobia.) The tour takes about an hour-and-a-half to complete and must be led by a qualified tour guide. The tour includes archeological findings and amazing historical sites in and around the Old City and concludes with the underground excavations of the Temple Mount. Make sure to call ahead to reserve places for your party!
Prepare yourself for a whole-day immersion in the history and art of the Jewish Nation! The Israel Museum is a great place to take your Bar Mitzvah tour, sure to instill awe and to educate your Bar Mitzvah boy and guests to our unique history. Make sure to see The Shrine of the Book exhibit, which includes the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish art and artifacts, and much, much more! The museum has varying hours and admission fees, so do call ahead to plan your private tour.
The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens in Jerusalem (also known as the Biblical Zoo):
This zoo, which houses animals that existed in the time of the Bible and provides programs for endangered species, has enough to do and see for a whole day-trip for your private Bar Mitzvah tour! You can easily walk or ride the zoo train, which covers most of the 60 acres of the gardens. The zoo has its own lake, places to eat, and even a small theater! There are also botanical exhibits and in-house educational programs.
The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens:
Another jewel in this beautiful city, the gardens offer plenty of attractions for everyone in your private Bar Mitzvah tour! The 30-acre grounds include plants and trees from all over the world, with numerous exhibits, workshops, and private tours.
The Tower of David Light Show:
This year-round sound and light show at the David Citadel, just outside the Old City walls, is a virtual reality tour featuring stunning visual displays using the latest technology. The show lasts 45 minutes and takes place outside, so please dress accordingly! Tickets must be purchased in advance, and late entrance is not allowed, so be sure plan ahead so you and your party can enjoy this memorable event!