Bat Mitzvah or Bar Mitzvah with Israel Tour

A Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah in Israel can be the most exciting and meaningful experiential event of a young person’s life… imagine facing the Western Wall (Kotel), standing on the top of Masada as the sun rises, in an ancient synagogue on the shores of Lake Kinneret – or any one of scores of significant and highly symbolic sites that YOU can choose as your personal setting for your celebration…

Israel Celebration Tours offer a uniquely packaged program: our Rabbis will personally work with each family and their Bar or Bat Mitzvah to help prepare to celebrate this special moment. They will assist in selecting the appropriate site in Israel for the ceremony at which they will personally officiate. 

 

Some special features of our Bar and Bat Mitzvah tour of Israel:

  • Advanced contact and preparatory advice with each family regarding Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah preparations; flexibility in meeting individual family needs
  • Selection of an appropriate site for the Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah ceremony, conducted by our Rabbi 
  • Special youth-oriented itinerary with daily fun activities and action
  • An exciting personalized telling of the story of Israel throughout the entire trip
  • Special Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah adventure party – Bedouin tent, camel riding, other activities
  • A licensed personal tour guide specially chosen and trained for family travel groups by Israel Celebration Tours
  • Accompaniment of the Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah ceremony with a guitar and an amazing song leader
  • A spiritual tour of Israel
Rabbi Lee Diamond assists Bar Mitzvah
Bar Mitzvah at Kotel (Western Wall), Jerusalem, Israel

Sample Bar Mitzvah / Bat Mitzvah Israel Tour

Here’s a sample summer tour of Israel that includes Bar and Bat Mitzvah in Israel with Israel Celebration Tours

Day 1

Depart the U.S.

Day 2

Arrive in Israel.

We will be met by our service upon passing through passport control and directed to our driver (or taxi).   Get a cart for the luggage and you will be directed to the driver.  We will drive up to Jerusalem.  We check in at the hotel, clean up and walk into town to have some dinner.  We will stay up as late as possible to adjust our internal clock.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 3

Breakfast

We begin this morning by driving to the Tayelet for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah.  Just prior to the ceremony, there will be an introduction to the centrality of Jerusalem to the Jewish people and the significance of doing the Bar Mitzva overlooking the city.  (Scheduled for 11:00AM- this will allow for family to arrive for the ceremony).    Following the ceremony, family and guests will go out for a celebratory lunch.  After lunch, we will go to the City of David and the Shiloah water tunnel (built by a descendant of King David to save the city from conquest). Shorts, water shoes and a flashlight are necessary.  We will also visit the Southern Wall excavations and the Davidson virtual center.  Shopping time on Ben Yehuda combined with dinner.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Included: breakfast, lunch

Day 4

Breakfast

We begin our morning with a visit to the Old City where we will learn about the Jewish Quarter by taking a Scavenger Hunt.  We will also visit the Herodian Mansion, to see how the wealthy of Jerusalem lived, 2000 years ago. We might want to have some lunch in the Arab Quarter after which we can do some bargaining in the Arab Market.  We will walk down to the Wall where we will visit the Kotel Tunnels.  From there, we drive to the Israel Museum where we will see the Second Temple model and the Shrine of the Book.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Included: breakfast

Day 5

Breakfast

We will leave Jerusalem and drive west to Beit Guvrin, where we will experience Dig for a Day.  An active archaeological site, at Beit Guvrin you will work as an archaeologist digging and sifting through dirt to find artifacts; important finds go to a museum.  Then you will have an opportunity to crawl through some caves that have been opened to the public.  Do not wear good clothing this day. We will visit some other large caves in the area. On our way back to Jerusalem, we will stop at Latrun where we will see a film and get to climb on the tanks—it is here that the revered Tank Corps has its swearing in ceremony.  We drive up to Jerusalem through the corridor and then tour to see how the city has expanded over the last 20 years.  After dinner, we will attend a light show at David’s Citadel.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Included: breakfast, dinner

Day 6

Breakfast

We leave Jerusalem (early) and drive to Massada.  We ascend by cable car and learn about the Zealots, the group of Jews who held out and resisted Roman influence and control. We visit several of the ancient sites atop the mountain and learn about these very dedicated people and the outcome of their struggle.  Afterwards, we descend the mountain by cable car (or by foot for those that wish to use the path).  We then go to the Crowne Plaza hotel where we will have a chance to mud up and float.  We will then visit a Bedouin camp where we will ride camels and sit down to a late lunch (hafla) and learn about the Bedouin culture.  Back to Jerusalem.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Included: breakfast, hafla (lunch)

Day 7

Breakfast

We step out of time today.  This morning, we drive to Efrat where we will experience the Caliber 3 training course.  Here you will get to learn about self-defense and fire some of the Israeli-made weapons at a range.  We return to Jerusalem to visit Yad Vashem, the memorial to those that perished in the Holocaust.  We will visit several of the buildings and memorials. We then  stop at Machene Yehuda, the open air shopping market.  Make sure you stop at Martzipan for the best ruggaluch in Israel!  Take some back to the hotel for snacking.  We return to the hotel to clean up and just before Shabbat, we go down to the Wall.  After welcome the Shabbat with thousands of others, we meet the family that will be hosting us for Shabbat dinner.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Included: breakfast, dinner with a family

Day 8

Breakfast

We leave Jerusalem and drive north to Beit Shean, a Roman community of the 4th century.  See how the Romans lived and compare that with Beit Alpha, a Jewish community of the same time.  See the mosaic floor of the synagogue.  We will stop for a swim in Sachne to cool off.  Continuing northward, we stop at Capernaum where an ancient synagogue and church were built side by side.  We will then do an off-road Jeep tour of the southern Golan Heights.  We continue to the kibbutz Ginosar where we can swim in the Sea of Galilee.  Dinner is at the kibbutz.

Overnight: Kibbutz Guest house

Included: breakfast, dinner

Day 9

Breakfast

We arrive in Sfat, the mystical town where Jews, kicked out of Spain, settled in the 1400’s and 1500’s.  Driven by an all-embracing faith, they sought to understand the kabbala, the unseen aspects of Judaism in hopes of hastening the coming of the Messiah to save the Jewish people.  Some wonderful arts and crafts shops have grown up among the synagogues from

more than 500 years ago.  There are also some fine art galleries.  We continue further north to Kfar Blum where well will go rafting on the tributary of the Jordan River.  We will then go to Kiryat Shmoneh and take the Manara cable car up the mountain and rappel down. We visit Har Bental where we get a grand view of Syria and have a chance to walk through Israeli army bunkers that are open to visitors.  We stop for a view of Kuneitra, a Syrian village, where we see just how close the enemy is.  We drive back to the kibbutz.

Overnight: Kibbutz Guest house

Included: breakfast, dinner

Day 10

Breakfast

We leave the kibbutz and head west.  We will stop at Rosh Hanikra the grottoes carved out by the sea.  We’ll take the cable car down to the bottom.   From here we drive the short distance to the Acco Prison.  This was created by the British and housed many Jews whose only ‘crime’ was defending their lives. (The movie Exodus was filmed here).  We will drive to the top of Haifa to see the panoramic view.  Our last stop of the day is a visit to Caesarea, where we visit the ruin of this ancient city and amphitheatre.  We continue on into Tel Aviv.  Dinner on your own.

Overnight:  Tel Aviv

Included: breakfast

Day 11

Breakfast

We begin our day with a visit to the Ayalon Institute where we prepared for the War of Independence under the noses of the British. We return to Tel Aviv to visit Independence Hall, where in May of 1948, Ben Gurion read the Declaration of Independence. We then drive to Ramat Aviv, and visit the Palmach Museum, the story of our pre-state army.  We have a driving tour of Tel Aviv. We head over to Jaffa to have an early dinner at Naalagat Restaurant (blind restaurant).

Overnight: Late Check out

Included: breakfast, dinner

Day 12

 

Arrive back in the U.S.

Arrive Friday morning in the U.S.A.
Shabbat Shalom!

Overnight:  The airplane.