There are many ways to celebrate a bar mitzvah, but few compare with celebrating it in Israel. It’s a way to enhance the occasion’s meaning and to connect with our people’s roots. It’s also a way for families to express shared values and create defining memories.
The central part of any bar-mitzvah is the reading of the Torah, and ours takes place either against the backdrop of the Kotel, the 2,000-year-old Western Wall of the Jewish Temple, and the most important place in Jewish history; or at Masada, the ancient site of our ancestors’ courageous stand against Roman invaders. From there, the bar-mitzvah boy and his family will embark on a journey in the footsteps of our patriarchs and matriarchs at biblical heritage sites around Israel, signifying their place in an unbroken chain of tradition.
All of our bar-mitzvah trips are designed with your family’s religious affiliation, preferences, background, and—most of all—comfort level foremost in our minds.
The Core Package
Torah reading at the Kotel plaza or the Masada fortress
Guided tours of biblical heritage sites
The Comprehensive Package
There is no one right way to celebrate a bar-mitzvah. But with the right itinerary, you can ensure an experience that is both meaningful and enjoyable, for the bar-mitzvah boy and his whole family.
Tours that deepen a sense of interest and pride in our tradition, programs that contribute to the well-being of the Jewish people, and activities that foster bonding or are just plain fun—all of these extend and expand upon the spirit of the occasion. We’ll take the time to get to know your bar-mitzvah boy’s personality and his family’s interests, and craft a trip that enables all of you to celebrate, just the way you want to.
Here are some ideas that past bar-mitzvah boys and their families loved:
History, Heritage and Biblical Sites
- Ascend to Har Habayit, the Temple Mount, and the holiest spot in the world for Jews
- Tour the Old City of Jerusalem, including of the Kotel Tunnels, and the Jewish Quarter and its exciting sites
- View the Tower of David Light and Sound show, which presents the history of the Jewish people over 3,000 years
- Visit the ancient fortress of Masada, the last stronghold of the Jewish Zealots in their great revolt against Rome
- Participate in an archaeological dig at Beit Guvrin
- Tour the Israel Museum’s archaeological exhibits
- Tour Adullam, the caves where David hid from a jealous king Saul
- Discover ancient Shiloh, the site of the Tabernacle
Nature, hikes and trips
- Float in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth
- Visit Ein-Gedi, a special oasis in the middle of the desert
- Take a night hike in the desert
- Geological tour: visit Israel’s unique craters
- Tour Tel-Aviv, the White City that never sleeps
- Tour Acco, an ancient port and the city of knights
- Visit Jerusalem’s biblical zoo
- Observe the holy land from various lookouts
- Hike in “Israel’s National Trail” recommended by National Geographic as one of the “20 best treks in the world”
Special Meetings and volunteering programs
- Volunteer to pick vegetables for Israel’s hungry through Leket Israel, or to pack food for the needy at the Pantry Packers
- Play with the children at Shalva, the Israel Association for the Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities
- Bring food packages to IDF soldiers
- Meet Israeli soldiers, sport figures and Entrepreneurship leaders.
- Host a DJ dance party
- Go scuba-diving and swimming with dolphins in Eilat
- Take a jeep tour of the Golan Heights
- Take a ride in a cable car at Rosh Hanikra, Israel’s northwestern tip and a stunning nature overlook
- Do a chocolate-making workshop at a kibbutz in the Jerusalem hills
- Taste award winning wines and visit Boutique wineries
- Take a sunset ride in the desert
- Take a helicopter ride over Jerusalem
- Fly in a hot air balloon over the center of Israel