Jewish heritage. And, what better place to pay homage to this time honored tradition, than to experience the ceremony together with your family in Mother Israel!
Planning a Bar/Bat Mitzvah in Israel is easy. More and more it is becoming popular to have professionals plan the event. Many Jewish organizations, Federations, synagogues and specialty travel organizers, such as Israel Tour Connection, will help arrange group or private tours for families celebrating a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Leaving the details and the planning to professionals is a great benefit for the families, especially for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrant who will make friends with others sharing the same event. A special bond is created and the trip is transformed into both a spiritual and a magical vacation for the entire family.
If you prefer a more private event, arrangements for a family only ceremony can be custom-tailored to your own itinerary. And, of course, if you are already familiar with Israel or have family there, you can have your tour planner make arrangements based on your specifications. But remember that a Bar Mitzvah celebrant has to be at least 13 years and one day old (according to the Hebrew Calendar) and a Bat Mitzvah celebrant has to be at least 12 years and one day old.
The Israel Ministry of Tourism is also at your service to assist and to point you in the right direction, and give you a full list of service suppliers. An added plus is that they also will provide a beautiful certificate to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrants personalized with their name in calligraphy and signed by the Minister of Tourism for no charge. Your tour agent will make these arrangements as they have to be made weeks in advance of your trip.
Some popular locations for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrations are The Western Wall, The Southern Wall, The Hurva Synagogue, Neot Kedumim and Massada. But, no matter whether you opt for a private or group ceremony at any of the wonderful locations in Israel, the Bar/Bat Mitzvah will be a true family event whose memories will last for a lifetime. As the Israel Ministry of Tourism says, “Remember that no one belongs here more than you.”