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Bar Mitzvah at the Kotel


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The Western Wall Heritage Foundation invites you to celebrate your Bar Mitzvah at the Western Wall in a moving ceremony and in the special atmosphere of unity and holiness, all free of charge.

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Quill of the Heart

Quill of the Heart
Experiential, Preparatory Gathering with the Bar Mitzvah Boy and His Family in One of the Western Wall Tunnel Halls before His Laying of Tefillin and Being Called up to the Torah
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Bar Mitzvah at the Western Wall

For decades, thousands of families from Israel and around the world have celebrated their Bar Mitzvahs at the Western Wall. Each week, the Western Wall Plaza fills with joyous and emotional families who have arrived to commemorate this special milestone in their sons' lives.
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Bar Mitzvah Event Production

Come to your bar mitzvah at the Kotel knowing that everything is professionally planned so that the bar mitzvah boy, parents, family, and friends can enjoy an experience enveloped in holiness, a ceremony celebrating spiritual maturity. The Western Wall Heritage Foundation’s professional staff will accompany you from the moment you decide to celebrate at the Kotel and throughout the event.
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Bar Mitzvah Calculator

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Find your Hebrew Bar Mitzvah date and Parasha (portion)
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How does one reserve a date to celebrate the Bar Mitzvah? Is there a specific date on which it should be celebrated?

 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.

On which days and at what hours can the ceremony be held at the Western Wall?

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.

What happens if it rains on the day of the ceremony?

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.

What happens when we arrive at the Western Wall? Where do we meet the guide?

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.

Can we photograph and video at the Western Wall?

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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Bar Mitzvah celebration is a special occasion for boys and their families, but planning the bar mitzvah party can be difficult. The Western Wall Heritage Foundation can help you organize the bar mitzvah celebration at the Western Wall and to help you have an amazing and unique experience.

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For other celebrants
Connecting to the Chain

1 hour

Join us on a magical tour for 4th-6th graders and their parents, and learn about the Jewish people's chain of generations in Jerusalem. The tour focuses on major events in the city's rich history, as they relate to the connection between generations,  and is designed to deepen the personal bond with Jerusalem
Jerusalem of Gold

3 hours

"Mountain air clear as wine, and the smell of pine.." Join us for a unique tour emphasizing the harmony between songs & melodies of Jerusalem and the city's famed beauty.

On the Wall I Stand

2 hours

A captivating tour for families who love modern history and military heritage, introduces us to the heroic stories of the children and youth in the journey leading to the foundation of the State of Israel and during our nation's first years.
Family Makes History

1 hour

Celebrating a Bar/Bat Mitzvah? Love some mystery and suspense? Experience a family tour behind the scenes of the Western Wall. Visit exciting, newly uncovered excavations that hold secrets from Jerusalem's past.

Thank You Letters

We were very touched by the caring, the concern, and the desire to support and help, from the very first phone conversation up to the day of the aliya to the Torah where we were accompanied by the guide at the scribe-writing workshop and at the ceremony at the Kotel.

The Albachar Family 11/29/2018

I have no words to describe how incredible our child’s event was! We met Rabbi Pinchas and he ran the ceremony at the Kotel. It was the pinnacle of connection, of belonging to the nation. A once-in-a-lifetime experience. (At least the first, since this is the oldest boy and oldest grandson).
We thank you for your wonderful work! What a huge mitzvah!

The Eitzes Family 11/14/2018

I cannot find the words to thank you and praise Rabbi Meir Yisrael Nahon who ran our son Omer’s bar mitzvah ceremony with love and devotion. We felt as though he was taking care of his own family and his own son. Thank you and well done!

The Holtz Family 5/10/2018

Thank you very much to our guide, Kalman.
He was great, and thanks to him we were very happy.
Thank you to all of you who made our celebration so amazing.

The Michael Family 11/8/2018

We really enjoyed ourselves. It was an enriching and moving experience. Thank you to the guide for being with us and for the explanations.

The Niv Family 12/20/2018

To the entire staff of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation and especially to those who deal with the organization and running of bar mitzvah ceremonies, my family and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the moving ceremony, the follow up and the perfect guidance of the entire process beginning with overcoming challenges of transportation right to the end.
We are overwhelmed by the impressive experience.

The Shavit Family 6/25/2018

Thank you very much to the amazing Daniel for taking care of us from the first day we made contact. Daniel ran the scribe-writing ceremony for us which was interesting and so moving it brought us to tears.
The Look into the Past experience was also wonderful and well-done.
Meir, the guide, was perfect for the aliya to the Torah. It was fascinating and moving. He was simply amazing!!!
Thank you very, very much for a powerful experience that we will never forget.

The Shmueli Family 1/22/2018

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