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