Celebrate Bar Mitzvah at the Western WallEnjoy Israel travel guide
In recent years we have witnessed a growing trend of secular and religious families who prefer to celebrate Bar Mitzvah at the Western Wall.
This bar or bat mitzvah event is one of the most influential events in the life of a Jewish child who has reached adulthood, many parents today are looking to celebrate this event in a different and unconventional way.
We have collected for you a number of options for holding a special event that will be remembered for years to come.
Bar Mitzvah at the Western Wall – independently:
From an inspection we did to produce an event at the Western Wall can cost between 6,000 and 20,000 NIS per event, of course it all depends on which production company chooses and what content we want to offer our guests.
Those of you who are interested in producing such an event on your own should keep in mind that it is not an easy and not even cheap production even when performed alone.
In the first stage, you need to check the Hebrew date of the child, according to which the child can be raised to the Torah, and of course, remember that the event can be performed on Mondays and Thursdays of the week (days of publishing a Torah scroll).
After we have chosen the date, we need to contact the Western Wall Heritage Association in Jerusalem in order to coordinate the event and receive an escort on their behalf.
Then you need to coordinate with the bus company the day of the event and the program is recommended to bring the guests by bus than then look for them all if you arrive privately (there is also a parking problem at the Western Wall)…
As for content, you can of course decide for yourself what suits your guests, we recommend a light breakfast together (in the summer also make sure to drink a lot) and of course after the ascent to the Western Wall a shared lunch in a restaurant or hotel (lunch can also be a place for greetings or a presentation).
It is possible and recommended to add a procession of drummers and trumpets, including a canopy that creates a happy atmosphere and of course enriches the event. You can coordinate with them in advance or just close with such a group when you arrive, you can sometimes find them right at the entrance to the Western Wall courting customers (there is a risk of waiting for the last minute because they may not be available).
You can also hire a guide or bus escort who will entertain the atmosphere and activate the guests.
For those who are interested, you can also coordinate the inflating of balloons, the production of kippahs for guests and even a headscarf for women with the child’s name on them or to hand out a souvenir from the event and of course not to forget a video and stills photographer.
In the summer, it is recommended to coordinate with the Western Wall management the event inside the tunnel, where there is air conditioning and of course women’s help that includes an audio kit (headphones that help women hear the child read)
Activity through a production company:
Our recommendation for those who want to come and enjoy the event and most importantly do not mess with the whole process (again it is important to note
That the process requires a lot of work if producers alone) hire a production company, they take care of all the coordination
They also take care of accompanying the child in the process itself, also coordinating guides who will travel with the guests on the bus and of course make their time pleasant in singing in the Yedioth Ha’aretz quizzes and more.
Sometimes it is also possible to coordinate with the production companies a show or a show as part of the walk to the Western Wall itself, there are a number of production companies that specialize in the field, here are two of them:
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