Bar or Bat Mitzvah in Israel can be a very special experience, providing a young man or woman with an unbreakable link to what it means to be Jewish.
For many American parents and grandparents, a Bar/Bat Mitzvah in Israel provides a young man or woman with an unbreakable link with what it means to be Jewish. Traveling together, members of family can effortlessly and positively influence their children`s attachment to their Jewish heritage as they experience together the phenomenal renaissance of their ancient homeland. Celebrating a Bar/Bat Mitzvah in Israel leaves treasured memories that last a lifetime.
A Bar/Bat Mitzvah is easy to arrange – whether individually, or by participating in a group tour where all the planning is done for you. This information will tell you all you need to know, and how to make arrangements.
The Israel Ministry of Tourism is at your service to assist and to point you in the right direction, and give you a full list of service suppliers. Call us at 058-442-3915, remember that no one belongs here more than you.
Taking a Group Tour
More and more Americans considering a Bar/Bat Mitzvah in Israel leave the planning to the professionals. Many American tour operators, Jewish organizations, Federations, synagogues and specialty travel sponsors arrange group tours for families celebrating Bar/Bat Mitzvahs.
The obvious benefit of these trips for many families is the relief from the work and pressure of planning. Even more important, yet perhaps less obvious, is that the Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrants make friends with the other children with whom they`re sharing the identical event. It creates a special bond, reduces nervousness, and transforms what for some children is an ordeal into a magical vacation. Indeed, it is a true vacation for the entire family, at the same time as it is a remarkable spiritual experience.
Tours are arranged during school vacations and, invariably, include special discounts, or even a free tour, for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrant.
Individual Tours and DIY
Many of these very same tour operators, organizations and travel sponsors can make individual arrangements, just for your family – similar to those for groups. Or they can custom-tailor your own itinerary. The advantage is that the planning is left to the professionals, while offering the privacy that some families prefer.
Of course, some parents who are familiar with Israel, or who have family and friends in Israel, may prefer to handle everything themselves. Here are some pointers: It is customary for a Bar Mitzvah celebrant to be at least 13 years and one day, according to the Hebrew Calendar, and for a Bat Mitzvah celebrant to be at least 12 years and one day.
The Israel Ministry of Tourism is delighted to provide a beautiful certificate to Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrants. The certificate includes the celebrant`s name in personalized calligraphy, and is signed by both the Minister of Tourism and, if the ceremony takes place in the capital, also by the Mayor of Jerusalem. It is free of charge and perfect for framing. (If you are taking a group or individual tour with an experienced Bar/Bat Mitzvah tour operator/sponsor, this tour organizer will automatically make the arrangements for obtaining the certificate.) Requests for individual certificates for families planning the arrangements themselves must be made a minimum of 21 days in advance of the ceremony, by completing the form below.