Bat Mitzvah Q&A

  • Bat Mitzvah

    Question: I am interested in holding my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah celebration at the Western Wall. What do you have to offer?

    Answer: The Western Wall Heritage Foundation invites any Bat Mitzvah girl to celebrate her special day at an event at the Western Wall together with her family. We offer two types of ceremonies:

    1. A 30-minute ceremony, which includes meeting with a Bat Mitzvah ‘guide.’ This event takes place at the Western Wall Plaza and in the women’s prayer section of the Western Wall. It is offered free of charge.
    2. A one hour ceremony,which is held in one of the halls in the Western Wall Tunnels. This event includes candle-lighting and a special workshop where glass candlesticks are decorated. During the ceremony the Bat Mitzvah girl is given a necklace with a unique medallion and recites the “She’he’cheyanu” blessing. There is a fee for this ceremony-please contact us for further information.
      At the conclusion of both types of ceremonies, the Bat Mitzvah receives a beautiful certificate commemorating the event.

  • Bat Mitzvah Ceremony in the Winter

    Question: Our Bat Mitzvah ceremony is scheduled for next week, but the weather forecast predicts stormy weather. Will the ceremony be held in any case?

    Answer: The short, 30-minute ceremony takes place outside on the Western Wall Plaza and in the women’s prayer section. In the event of rain, we will hold the ceremony in the women’s section under Wilson’s Arch located in the Western Wall Tunnels. The expanded, one hour ceremony in any case is held inside in one of the Western Wall Tunnels’ halls and therefore can take place in any weather.

  • Bat Mitzvah Necklace

    Question: I would like to give my daughter a special gift for her Bat Mitzvah. What do you have to offer?

    Answer: We have designed an exclusive necklace especially for girls celebrating their Bat Mitzvahs. This one-of-a-kind gift is a beautiful, silver-plated medallion in the shape of an ancient picture of the Western Wall. This is indeed a unique and meaningful memento of this special occasion.
    The necklace can be purchased whether or not a ceremony is held at the Western Wall, by ordering it in advance at telephone *5958.

  • Can a Bat Mitzvah be held at the Western Wall?

    Queston:  Can a Bat Mitzvah be held at the Western Wall?

    Answer: The Western Wall Heritage Foundation invites Bat Mitzvah girls to celebrate their special day at the Western Wall (Kotel) with a special family ceremony. We offer two types of ceremonies – a 30-minute ceremony, at no charge, including a meeting with a Bat Mitzvah ‘guide’, or a more expanded ceremony lasting about an hour at a charge, that includes decorating glass candlesticks.. For details and registration, click here.

  • Food at the Event

    Question: We would like to offer our guests refreshments after the Bat Mitzvah ceremony. Is there an area at the Western Wall where we can do so?

    Answer: At the Western section of the Western Wall Plaza (opposite the Western Wall) is a roofed area that has tables and chairs set up especially for the convenience of the public. Use of this area is on an as-available basis, but when you hold a ceremony at the Western Wall we can reserve places for your group.

  • Grandma Has Difficulty Walking

    Question: We are planning a Bat Mitzvah at the Western Wall for our daughter and wanted to ask whether the event is appropriate for her 80-year-old grandmother who has difficulty walking?

    Answer: It should be taken into consideration that the area of the Old City in general, and the Western Wall in particular, has many steps and uneven sidewalks. We will make every effort to use as few stairs as possible but be aware that this is often unavoidable. It is advised that you have someone available to assist your grandmother in these more difficult areas.

  • Number of Guests

    Question: How many guests can join us at the Bat Mitzvah ceremony?


    Answer: In order to maintain an intimate and special character to these ceremonies, we recommend limiting the total number of guests to 35 people.

  • Parking

    Question: We will be holding a Bat Mitzvah ceremony at the Western Wall next month. Where do you recommend we park our car in order to get to the Western Wall?

    Answer: Directions

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  • Recommended activities/tours

    Question: Can you recommend any activities/tours that we can do before or after the ceremony?

    Answer: The Western Wall Heritage Foundation has a wide variety of activities (for a fee) that can be added on to the ceremony at the Western Wall, either before or after it. Among these activities are:

    •  The “Light in the Heart” – a special Bat Mitzvah program centered on light and giving which includes a candle lighting ceremony using antique candlesticks, and creating glass candleholders to give to a Holocaust survivor. Takes place in one of the beautiful halls located in the Western Wall Tunnels.
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    •  “Young Guides” - a tour of the Western Wall Tunnels or the Chain of Generations Center led by the Bat Mitzvah girl herself (requires registration and training 6-8 weeks in advance – for more information Click here
    • Family tour in one of the Western Wall’s tourist sites – the Tunnels, the Chain of Generations Center, or Behind the Scenes, led by one of the Foundation’s guides.
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    • A Bat Mitzvah family tour in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem, led by one of the Foundation’s guides.
      Click here

  • When should the ceremony be held?

    Question: When is it recommended to hold a Bat Mitzvah ceremony at the Western Wall?

    Answer: The ceremony can be held on any day at any time, but we recommend holding it on either Sunday, Tuesday or Wednesday, days when the Western Wall area is less crowded. A twilight ceremony is especially beautiful, enveloping the event with a magical evening light.

“The Light in the Heart”

“The Light in the Heart”

An extended family ceremony in the Jewish tradition of candle-lighting,
this program takes place in one of the hidden, beautiful halls in the Western Wall Tunnels...