Connecting to the Chain of Generations
All details await you here. Register early to guarantee yourselves an unforgettable experience for this once-in-a-lifetime event!
Join the Jewish people's Chain of Generations in a moving ceremony at the Western Wall. Included are blessings, putting on tefillin (phylacteries), reading of the Sh’ma, and the highlight of the ceremony- calling the Bar Mitzvah boy up to the Torah. All free of charge.
Register now and come prepared for the big day. Learn how to read from the Torah with the proper trop (notes) & put on tefillin (phylacteries). Learn about the values of being a mature Jewish young man and strengthen your connection to the Jewish people. This is a subsidized program held throughout Israel.
Directions to the Western Wall, what to bring, where to park, serving refreshments...everything you need to know so you can come prepared and on time to celebrate your special event at the Western Wall.
Continue the celebration with enjoyable and enriching family tours at sites in and around the Western Wall and the Jewish Quarter. The tours are led by the best of the Foundation’s guides and are suitable for every family.
Q: How does one reserve a date to celebrate the Bar Mitzvah? Is there a specific date on which it should be celebrated?
A: The Bar Mitzvah is the Hebrew date of the boy’s 13th birthday. The ceremony, including his being called up to the Torah can take place on Monday or Thursday or on Rosh Chodesh (the first day of the Hebrew month), days when the Torah is read during morning services. The ceremony should be held as close to the birthday as possible. It can be observed on or after the Hebrew birthday, and only in specific and rare occasions up to a month before.
Q: On which days and at what hours can the ceremony be held at the Western Wall?
A: Bar Mitzvahs are held on days when the Torah is read, i.e., Mondays and Thursdays or on Rosh Chodesh (the first day of the Hebrew month). On these days ceremonies are held between 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM.
Q: What happens if it rains on the day of the ceremony?
A: On rainy days, the ceremony is held inside the area called Wilson’s Arch, to the left of the men’s prayer area. This is an inside area that includes a raised women’s section, separated by glass. The women can hear the prayers by using earphones loaned to them by the hostess stationed in the women’s section.
Q: What happens when we arrive at the Western Wall? Where do we meet the guide?
A: The Bar Mitzvah ceremony’s stand is located immediately after the security check gate adjacent to Dung Gate. Two National Service volunteers are there whose job it is to introduce your group to the guide who will accompany you throughout the ceremony.
Q: Can we photograph and video at the Western Wall?
A: Yes, videos and photographs can be taken at the Western Wall. There is also the option for the Western Wall Heritage Foundation to photograph the Bar Mitzvah boy and to upload his picture onto our website, with the family’s approval, of course.
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We were very moved by the caring, support and willingness to help-we were taken care of from the first phone call 'til the day of the Torah reading. Our guides at the Sofer writing activity and at the Kotel ceremony were with us all the way.
We'd like to thank our guide-it was very important to my wife to be able to see our son during the Bar Mitzvah. He made sure to arrange the ceremony near the mechitza (partition) in such a way that the women were also able to see and hear. It was perfect.
It is because of your guide that we had such a beautiful, emotional ceremony-something we will never forget. We'd like to thank you very much for this wonderful, meaningful experience.
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We felt the good will and caring attitude from each of you, at every moment. This affected us very much- it was really heartwarming.