Bar Mitzvah for Holocaust Survivors Bar Mitzvah for Holocaust Survivors at the Western WallHolocaust survivors living among us experienced the horrors of that era in their youth, and were unable to enjoy normal lives growing up. Due to the events during and after the war, many of them were unable to experience one of the most meaningful rites of passage for a Jewish boy – celebrating the Bar Mitzvah.The Western Wall Heritage Foundation seeks to repair this wrong and has taken on a special project that will give any Holocaust survivor who so wishes, the opportunity to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah at the Western Wall… 70 years later.At this unique and moving event, we will celebrate the Bar Mitzvah together. We will visit the Western Wall Tunnels or the Chain of Generations Center- a breathtaking exhibit which takes the visitor through the generations of the Jewish people, from Abraham our forefather to the present day. Following the tour, together with IDF soldiers who will take part in the ceremony, we will honor the memory of the Holocaust and its victims. We will salute the survivors and celebrate their Bar Mitzvahs with their laying tfillin (phylacteries) and being called up for a blessing on the reading of the Torah. The ceremony will conclude with a celebratory meal and each survivor will receive a personalized certificate as a memento of this special event.The Holocaust Survivors’ Western Wall Bar Mitzvah Project was created in order to give every survivor the opportunity to experience the unique moment of celebrating his Bar Mitzvah. It also gives honor and respect to these special people who experienced the worst possible events during their childhood. The project is financed through donations made specifically to fund this worthy event.Each ceremony’s program is adapted specifically to groups organized through recognized institutions. For additional information and to register for a ceremony, contact the offices of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation: 02-626-3345, ext. 279.Each event can accommodate up to 100 people, including guests (up to two escorts per survivor).The program includes round trip transportation.