Bar Mitzvah at the Kotel

Bar Mitzvah Planning at the Kotel

For decades, thousands of families from Israel and around the world have celebrated family Bar Mitzvahs at the Western Wall, the Jewish world's most important place of prayer. Each week, the Western Wall Plaza fills with joyous and emotional families who have arrived to celebrate their sons' Bar Mitzvahs here - the source of inspiration and yearning by Jews for centuries, and a symbol of the fortitude and strength of the State of Israel.
In a special ambience of unity and holiness, an unforgettable experience is created for the young Bar Mitzvah boy and his family as a new link is created in the eternal chain of generations - that of Jewish families in particular and the Jewish people as a whole. It is no surprise that several generations of the same family have celebrated their sons’ Bar Mitzvahs in this way.
The Western Wall Heritage Foundation invites you to commemorate this meaningful family event at the Western Wall, and is available to assist with the Bar Mitzvah planning at all stages of the celebration – at no charge.

Ceremony Times
The Bar Mitzvah ceremony can be held at the Western Wall on days when the Torah is read: Mondays or Thursdays, Rosh Chodesh (the first day of the Hebrew month) and chol hamoed (the intermediate days of Sukkot and Passover). On these days, a team of Bar Mitzvah guides is available to assist the Bar Mitzvah planning between the hours of 7 AM - 3 PM with any issue, from organizing a place for your prayer service, to managing the ceremony and prayers and being called up to the Torah.

Because so many families celebrate at the Western Wall throughout the year, we recommend and request that you register the date of your event in advance in order for us to host you comfortably and appropriately. As part of the Bar Mitzvah planning, we take great efforts to arrange the ceremony according to each particular family’s wishes and character; pre-registration will enable you to choose the prayer version (Ashkenazi, Sephardi, etc.) and language (Hebrew, English, French, Russian, etc.) that fit your needs.


Transportation to the Western Wall
The Western Wall Train and Shuttle bus depart from Jaffa Gate and return every 20 minutes between 08:40 and 13:20 – The travel is free for Bar Mitzvah families.

Departure point - Karta Parking Lot B (the bus parking lot parallel to Yitzhak Kariv Street)

Destination- Goren Square near the Western Wall.

To the north of the Western Wall Plaza (to the left of the prayer plaza) there are two covered areas with tables for the use of bar mitzvah families who wish to bring refreshments.

1. The porch is not wheelchair accessible. It can only be reached by stairs.
2. The Haguy tunnel is on the same level as the Western Wall Plaza and is accessible for families.

Bar Mitzvah

Young Guides Program

Young Guides Program

In honor of your Bar Mitzvah, give your family a special gift – a tour of the Western Wall Tunnels or the Chain of Generations Center, led by…you!

“Quill of the Heart”

“Quill of the Heart”

The “Quill of the Heart” ceremony is a meaningful and moving event that provides a unique, shared family experience