The Ceremony

Celebrate the Bat Mitzvah girl’s reaching the age of accepting commandments and moving to the stage of maturity at a moving and respectful ceremony.
A guide provided by the Western Wall Heritage Foundation will lead the ceremony and accompany you from the moment you arrive at the Western Wall Plaza until its conclusion.
The 30 minute, no cost ceremony can be held at any time of the day, although we recommend the twilight hour as an especially magical one for this event.
The celebration begins when you meet with your guide and gather together with family and friends at the Western Wall’s Upper Plaza. There, the Bat Mitzvah girl’s father will bless her with the traditional children’s blessing before the honoree heads to the women’s prayer section with the female guests. The ceremony will take place adjacent to the mechitzah (divider separating the men’s and women’s sections) so that the men can watch from their side. We will begin with a special prayer and song combined with personal blessings by the mother of the Bat Mitzvah to her daughter and the Bat Mitzvah girl to her parents. Time for personal prayer will be given, as well as an opportunity to put a personal note in the crevices of the Western Wall. At the ceremony’s conclusion the entire group will reconvene at the Upper Plaza where the honoree will receive a special certificate signed by the Rabbi of the Western Wall. Photos will be taken by the Foundation staff for the “I also celebrated at the Kotel” page on the Foundation’s official Internet site. [Use of the photo is conditional on the prior approval of the family.]
Many families customarily give the guest of honor a gift of a new, special piece of jewelry, at which opportunity she can recite the “Sheh’he’cheyanu” blessing (recited when experiencing or wearing something new).
For those interested, a necklace especially designed by the Foundation can be purchased here on our website or from the group’s guide before the ceremony begins.
The Western Wall Heritage Foundation is happy to provide various add-on options to our Bat Mitzvah ceremony at additional cost.

The Ceremony