Connecting to the Chain of Generations
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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.
For the first time in Israel, we are offering a series of group meetings especially for Bat Mitzvah girls that combines studying Jewish traditions and heritage in preparation for entering the world of Jewish adulthood. This national program is subsidized.
Join the Jewish people's chain of generations in a new and unique ceremony including blessings, prayers, singing, and a special opportunity to light candles in a beautiful, historical site inside the Western Wall Tunnels.
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.
A new tradition has begun at the Western Wall – a unique Bat Mitzvah ceremony in the women’s prayer section. Join the Jewish people’s chain of generations at a moving ceremony that creates an unforgettable experience for the entire family. This ceremony is offered at no charge. For more information and registration:
In honor of your Bat Mitzvah, give your family a special gift – a tour of the Western Wall Tunnels or the Chain of Generations Center, led by… you!
A beautiful, unique necklace created exclusively for the Western Wall Heritage Foundation. Design based on an ancient drawing of the Western Wall. Cost: 115 NIS.
Hundreds of young girls from Israel and around the world had the honor of celebrating their Bat Mitzvahs this past year at the Kotel, in a unique and moving ceremony sponsored by the Western Wall Heritage Foundation.
Find your Hebrew Bat Mitzvah Date and Parasha (portion)
Question: Our Bat Mitzvah ceremony is scheduled for next week, but the weather forecast predicts stormy weather. Will the ceremony be held in any case?
Answer: The short, 30-minute ceremony takes place outside on the Western Wall Plaza and in the women’s prayer section. In the event of rain, we will hold the ceremony in the women’s section under Wilson’s Arch located in the Western Wall Tunnels. The expanded, one hour ceremony in any case is held inside in one of the Western Wall Tunnels’ halls and therefore can take place in any weather.
Question: When is it recommended to hold a Bat Mitzvah ceremony at the Western Wall?
Answer: The ceremony can be held on any day at any time, but we recommend holding it on either Sunday, Tuesday or Wednesday, days when the Western Wall area is less crowded. A twilight ceremony is especially beautiful, enveloping the event with a magical evening light.
Question: I would like to give my daughter a special gift for her Bat Mitzvah. What do you have to offer?
Answer: We have designed an exclusive necklace especially for girls celebrating their Bat Mitzvahs. This one-of-a-kind gift is a beautiful, silver-plated medallion in the shape of an ancient picture of the Western Wall. This is indeed a unique and meaningful memento of this special occasion.The necklace can be purchased whether or not a ceremony is held at the Western Wall, by ordering it in advance at telephone *5958.
Question: How many guests can join us at the Bat Mitzvah ceremony?
Answer: In order to maintain an intimate and special character to these ceremonies, we recommend limiting the total number of guests to 35 people.
Question: We are planning a Bat Mitzvah at the Western Wall for our daughter and wanted to ask whether the event is appropriate for her 80-year-old grandmother who has difficulty walking?
Answer: It should be taken into consideration that the area of the Old City in general, and the Western Wall in particular, has many steps and uneven sidewalks. We will make every effort to use as few stairs as possible but be aware that this is often unavoidable. It is advised that you have someone available to assist your grandmother in these more difficult areas.
Question: We would like to offer our guests refreshments after the Bat Mitzvah ceremony. Is there an area at the Western Wall where we can do so?
Answer: At the Western section of the Western Wall Plaza (opposite the Western Wall) is a roofed area that has tables and chairs set up especially for the convenience of the public. Use of this area is on an as-available basis, but when you hold a ceremony at the Western Wall we can reserve places for your group.
Question: We will be holding a Bat Mitzvah ceremony at the Western Wall next month. Where do you recommend we park our car in order to get to the Western Wall?
Question: Can you recommend any activities/tours that we can do before or after the ceremony?
Answer: The Western Wall Heritage Foundation has a wide variety of activities (for a fee) that can be added on to the ceremony at the Western Wall, either before or after it. Among these activities are:
Queston: Can a Bat Mitzvah be held at the Western Wall?
Answer: The Western Wall Heritage Foundation invites Bat Mitzvah girls to celebrate their special day at the Western Wall (Kotel) with a special family ceremony. We offer two types of ceremonies – a 30-minute ceremony, at no charge, including a meeting with a Bat Mitzvah ‘guide’, or a more expanded ceremony lasting about an hour at a charge, that includes decorating glass candlesticks.. For details and registration, click here.
“The ceremony we held in the hall was very beautiful and we got many explanations from the guide that taught us a lot and provided a special significance to the event…”
“We were very moved by the Bat Mitzvah ceremony we held at the Western Wall. The guide was very nice and gracious, and made the event feel very festive and special. We left the ceremony with our hands full – with the craft project, the album of blessings, the certificate, and many good memories.”
“Thank you for your warm welcome and for the lovely ceremony you arranged for our daughter. We are so happy that we chose to celebrate the Bat Mitzvah at the Kotel. It was very special and moving.”