The Bar and Bat Mitzvah mark a special transition in a life of young person, proudly celebrated with family and friends in love and joy, when many beautiful memories are made. And what more fitting place on Earth to have the ceremony than in Israel? We can choose to travel as a family and ex[eroemce a private bat and bar mitzvah tour to this breathtaking land. The tours come with a unique experience of Israel, its very long and fascinating history, culture and tradition. What’s more, we can have these tours perfectly tailored to make our young ones’ dreams come true, whether they’d like a traditional ceremony in one of Israel’s historic cities and sites, or they wish an alternative celebration in a contemporary place. This is an opportunity to begin forging a Jewish identity and ties to Israel that will last a lifetime.
Let’s see how one of these tours can look like, though, of course, each person’s itinerary can be partially or fully altered so they’d have the best and most unique experiences and memories.
Let’s start this special journey with a trip to a Biblical garden, Neot Kedumim, where we’ll plant a tree and leave a mark that will grow as the young adult grows. After that, we’ll come to the one and only Jerusalem. We’ll recite the Shehechyanu at the Haas Promenade to celebrate this special occasion, and then enjoy a lunch.
There is so much to see in Jerusalem, and no matter how much time we have, it’s never enough. We definitely have to see the Jewish Quarter, the Old Town, and the Western Wall Tunnels that will take us through the Second Temple era, but also take a virtual reality tour to see how Jerusalem looked at that time. We’ll walk down the Roman street Cardo, go to the Temple Mount, visit the historic and artistic neighborhoods, but also enjoy a family scavenger hunt, as well as a Shabbat dinner at a local home.
Israel Museum and Latrun
While in Jerusalem, we must visit the Israel Museum – one of the largest museums in the region, housing the world’s most comprehensive collections of the archaeology of the Holy Land and Jewish Art and Life, and a great number of brilliant works of Fine Arts. We’ll also see the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed. Our next stop is Latrun, a site of famous military battles, to see the Memorial for the Armored Corps.
Many more events await us, such as artist workshops at Ein Yael, Caliber 3 security training in Gush Etzion in the Judaean Mountains, the world’s second-longest zip-line, and we’ll meet the Rabbi to discuss the ceremony.
Tel Aviv and Caesarea
Now we enter another famous city – Tel Aviv, home of history, art, entertainment, clubs, beaches, welcoming locals, and much, much more. There are countless places we can go to here, like the remarkable Palmach Museum and Ayalon Institute, to witness the history of the state and its military. We’ll take relaxing walks through Nachalat Benyamin Market and Carmel Market, filled with traditional items, a myriad of souvenirs, aromatic spices, fresh produce, yummy foods and drinks, and much more.
Another remarkable site on our itinerary is Caesarea, the capital of Judea in the Roman period and fortified Crusader town, built by King Herod. Here we’ll see the ancient port, the theatre, and the archaeological ruins.
Dead Sea and Masada – Bar Mitzvah on Masada
And now, the amazing Masada. This fortress stands on the rock plateau since King Herod built it 2,000 years ago. Imagine having the ceremony at this UNESCO World Heritage Site and the symbol of Jewish heroism, surrounded by ancient palaces and terraces, with the view of both the Dead Sea and the Judean Desert, where the sunset and sunrise are simply breathtaking. Afterwards, we’ll all take the cable car down to the Dead Sea, then visit Qumran’s Caves where the Dead Sea scrolls were found and the beautiful Ein Gedi Nature Reserve.
Ein Avdat, Ramon Crater and Beersheba National Park
Our next stop is Ein Avdat – an awe-inspiring desert valley and a National Park of Israel situated near the ancient Nabataean city Avdat, south of kibbutz Sde Boker where Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion moved in the 1950s. Let’s now proceed to Beersheba, known as the Capital of the Negev. The archaeological site of the biblical town is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our last absolute must-see on this Bar/Bat Mitzvah tour is the famous Ramon Crater – a vast erosion crater, known as makhtesh, where we can relax, see the wild animals, go hiking, take a jeep tour, and much more.
How wonderful was this tour? No matter what sites they choose, the teens will have so much fun. They’ll take part in a ceremony, learn of leadership, of Israel, of their ancestors, connect to Judaism and to their roots – all in the land where so many before them have shared the experience throughout many centuries, in the old city of Jerusalem, contemporary Tel Aviv, ancient Masada overlooking the Judean desert and the Dead Sea, and all across Israel.