About the program

Shahak Bar Mitzvah Program

Bar Mitzvah Preparation Program under the auspices of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation and the Ministry of Religion’s Jewish Identity Authority with the support of local authorities

Each year thousands of  boys celebrate their Bar Mitzvahs in Israel. These celebrations are common and well-known occurrences in the country. The emotional and important Bar Mitzvah ceremony calls for intensive preparation many months in advance. The Western Wall Heritage Foundation runs a national program that assists Bar Mitzvah boys and their families with these special preparations.

The program is based on an idea originally introduced by the late Lt. Gen. Amnon Lipkin-Shahak in the city of Modi’in, which involved students at the local Hesder Yeshiva accompanying local boys and helping them prepare for their Bar Mitzvahs. One of the goals of the program is to make the time of Bar Mitzvah preparations a moving and exciting experience for the Bar Mitzvah boy and his family. Another is to strengthen and solidify the child's feeling of being a part of the traditions and heritage of Israel and the chain of generations of the Jewish people. This is done through the interesting content and values brought out through the program.