Bar Mitzvah Family standing in the ruins on Masada

TOP 5 PLACES TO VISIT ON A BAR/BAT MITZVAH TOUR IN ISRAEL

Our must-sees for an amazing bar/bat mitzvah tour

Don’t miss our 5 favorite sites for bar/bat mitzvah families

Let’s put a pin in the bar/bat mitzvah ceremony planning for a minute. You and your family are coming to Israel in honor of this milestone event, and that’s reason enough to celebrate! This country is full of treasures old and new, and we can’t wait to share them with you. It probably goes without saying that Jerusalem is at the top of your list of places to visit, so let’s move on to some of the other places around the country where you can explore Israel and connect with Jewish history. Read on to see some of our favorite stops while you’re on a private bat or bar mitzvah tour in Israel.

1. Masada

A bar/bat mitzvah trip to Israel is the perfect way to explore your family’s Jewish heritage and connection to Israel. A visit to the ruins of the fortress atop Masada should be on every family’s itinerary.

Located in the beautiful Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea, Masada was the site of the Jewish people’s last stand against the powerful Roman forces after the destruction of the Second Temple. This story of perseverance and bravery has made Masada one of Israel’s national symbols. Many families even choose to have the bar/bat mitzvah ceremony in the ruins of the ancient synagogue on Masada.

History, heritage, and some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes make Masada a must-see on any bar/bat mitzvah tour in Israel.

The view from Masada over the Judean Desert and Dead Sea at sunrise

2. Tzfat

Graffiti of smiling Hasidic Jew saying Thank You, found in Tzfat Israel.

Tzfat (Safed) is Israel’s historical home of Kabbalah, the Jewish mystical tradition, and is known as one of Judaism’s four holy cities. Rich with history and charm, the stone alleyways of Tzfat’s old city are wonderful places for wandering, exploring, and simply soaking up the special vibe all around.

While there’s plenty to do and see while touring Tzfat with your family, there are many other ways to discover the wonders of the city. We love having our b’nai mitzvah families discover their Jewish roots through a fun and enriching workshop or artistic experience, and the options in Tzfat are plenty!

3. High-tech innovation tour

While a bar/bat mitzvah tour is a great opportunity to connect with the Jewish past, we think it’s also the perfect time to discover all the fascinating ways that Israel is moving the world forward. On a tech tour, visitors get the chance to explore the frontiers of Israeli innovation in a range of fields. Advances in AI, agri-tech, med-tech, defense systems, and more put Israeli tech on the cutting edge.

A tech tour can be customized to your specific interests and bring you directly to the hub of development, allowing you backstage access to some of the most exciting discoveries of the day. And if you don’t have time for a custom-designed tech tour, you can still explore the best of Israeli technology at an innovation museum such as the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation in Tel Aviv-Jaffa.

View of Azrieli Center in Tel Aviv, geometric buildings

4. Archaeological Dig

Girls participating in an archaeological dig on a bat mitzvah trip to Israel

Even if you and your crew aren’t Indiana Jones types, there’s something pretty amazing about unearthing an ancient relic with your own two hands. Participating in an active archaeological dig is a fantastic way to engage with the past in a very tangible way. Even the most mundane artifact or clay shard has a story to tell, and thinking about the people who walked the land thousands of years ago is one of our favorite ways to connect to the Land of Israel.

Participating in a dig is a great family activity that offers a seamless blend of education and fun. It’s the perfect way for a family celebrating a child becoming bar/bat mitzvah to connect to the rich history of Israel. 

5. Golan Heights

No matter what your interests, there’s something for you on the Golan. You’ll find Israel’s most stunning natural landscapes, fascinating geopolitical history, incredible wineries, hiking, fruit picking, artist colonies, ancient ruins, and more. Even if you’re not planning to stay overnight on the Golan, we think planning a day tour to the region is a wonderful addition to any family’s bar/bat mitzvah trip to Israel.

Start with a short hike to Israel’s most powerful waterfall, then set out on a jeep tour along the Syrian border, have lunch in a Druze village, visit the ruins of a first-century synagogue, and gaze out over the sparkling Sea of Galilee before heading back to the hotel. Honestly, it doesn’t really get better than that.

View of snow-capped Mount Hermon over a field of yellow flowers in Israel's Golan Heights.

 

Planning a Bar/Bat Mitzvah in Israel 

If you’re planning a Bat or Bar Mitzvah Tour in Israel, it may be useful to have some local support to help with logistics. There’s a lot to think about: finding an amazing location for the ceremony, connecting with a local rabbi, choosing an amazing photographer, organizing a celebratory meal, and more! Your bar/bat mitzvah kid has dedicated so much time and energy in preparation for this momentous occasion, you’ll both want the whole day to be absolutely perfect.

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