Find the perfect venue for your family’s Big Day
Planning a Bar or Bat Mitzvah in Israel is a bit different from planning one in your home community. For starters, the Torah-reading service won’t be happening in your local synagogue – and possibly not even in a synagogue at all. For many families, the image they have of the Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony in Israel begins and ends with the Kotel (the Western Wall). While this may be exactly what you’re dreaming of, you might be pleased to know that B’nai Mitzvah ceremonies can be held just about anywhere in Israel. Below you’ll find a small taste of what’s possible. Your Dekel Tours personal Tour Specialist can help you put together your Bat or Bar Mitzvah tour in Israel, including finding the perfect spot for your family’s upcoming simcha and assisting you with all the planning and arrangements.
Jerusalem Venues – Old City
As the heart of the Jewish world, traveling to Jerusalem for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony can be especially meaningful. Both in and out of the Old City, there are a lot of great options for families.
The Main Kotel Plaza – Boys can have a Bar Mitzvah ceremony in the main part of the plaza; male relatives and guests will be able to participate in the service, while female relatives and guests will have to pray separately (and may not be able to see the ceremony). Reservations are not allowed, and services happen on a first-come, first-served basis.
Robinson’s Arch – The egalitarian section of the Kotel Plaza, where all relatives and guests can participate in the service. The area has a number of tables set up where multiple Torah-reading services can happen simultaneously. Due to space constraints, the number of guests may be limited, and chairs may not be available.
Tower of David (the Citadel) – Located within the Old City, this museum contains multiple spaces for private Bar or Bat Mitzvah services, both indoors and outside (weather permitting). This is a great option if you want a private ceremony with the feel of ancient Jerusalem. Venue must be reserved in advance.
Jerusalem Venues – Other
Goldman or Haas Promenade – Both promenades offer stunning views of the Jerusalem hills and the Old City, with semi-private spots that can be set up with chairs and a table for an outdoor Torah service on the morning of the event.
Abbell Synagogue (Chagall Windows) – At Hadassah Hospital’s Ein Kerem campus at one of the most scenic spots in Jerusalem, the Abbell Synagogue houses the 12 stunning stained glass windows created by Marc Chagall and dedicated to the State of Israel. This is a great all-weather venue.
Synagogues and Event Halls – Jerusalem is home to numerous other great venues including synagogues (options for Reform, Conservative/Traditional, Orthodox, and more) and event halls. Dekel Tours will be happy to help you with all the arrangements!
National Parks and Archaeological Sites
Masada – Another fairly common choice for B’nai Mitzvah ceremonies, Masada has become the site of many of Israel’s national ceremonies. Torah services take place in the ancient synagogue on Masada. (Not recommended in July and August)
Tzippori – Torah services take place on the site of an ancient fifth-century synagogue, which has been rebuilt over the original mosaic floors, in a modern building providing the comforts of gallery seating and year-round climate control.
Katzrin – In this recreated Talmudic-era village in the Golan Heights, there are two great options for B’nei Mitzvah ceremonies. The remains of a nearly 2000-year-old synagogue make for an incredibly moving outdoor venue. If the weather is rainy or prohibitively hot, there is a lovely indoor space as well.
Ancient sites at many other locations: Ein Gedi, Tel Megiddo, Gamla, Hamat Tiberias, Beit Guvrin, Beit Alfa, and more. These heritage sites offer combined natural beauty and connections to ancient Judaism through the archaeological ruins preserved within the parks.
If you’re looking for a ceremony location that’s as unique and personalized as your Bat or Bar Mitzvah tour in Israel, your Dekel Tours personal Tour Specialist can help you make it a reality. From a quaint family farm in the Upper Galilee to a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean, a lush oasis in the desert, or a boat on the sparkling Sea of Galilee, the possibilities are endless.
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.