A bar mitzvah is an important milestone in any young man’s life, as well as a landmark celebration for the whole family. While some choose to throw big parties with tons of family and friends, some people opt for a family trip in order to celebrate the momentous occasion. A Bar Mitzvah tour in Israel is an unforgettable experience for everyone involved, and will surely make a special milestone even more unique. Our Israel travel experts have put together the highlights for a Bar Mitzvah tour in Israel so you can get a better idea of all the wonder that awaits!
Discover Tel Aviv and Jaffa
After landing in Tel Aviv and taking some time to relax and unwind in your hotel, it’s time to explore the White City and learn more about its history.
To begin the day, start by visiting the Old City of Jaffa where you can explore the charming stone streets, wander through the Shuk Hapishpishim flea market, and marvel at the stunning architecture. Stop for a quick bite to eat or a fruit shake and admire the Mediterranean coast and the small harbour.
Next, visit the Independence Hall on Rothschild Boulevard. This spot is important on any visit, especially on a Bar Mitzvah tour in Israel, due to its historical significance. It is the spot where Israel’s declaration of independence was signed in 1948.
Near Tel Aviv is also the Ayalon Institute Museum, which is on a kibbutz and was once an ammunition factory. The museum now exhibits interesting machinery and weaponry as well as explanations of the site’s historical significance.
Explore Tzfat and the Golan Heights
Next on your Bar Mitzvah tour in Israel, visit the holy city of Tzfat. Here, you can get an introduction to the interesting secrets of Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism. Aside from Kabbalah, the city itself is beautiful and offers the opportunity for a lovely stroll through the ancient streets. Be sure to also visit the artist’s colony in Tzfat where you can purchase some unique Judaic artwork.
After Tzfat, you can stop at Mount Carmel to take a look at Nimrod Fortress. Everyone will enjoy the stunning hike and learning the history of this amazing place.
What’s a visit to the Golan for your Bar Mitzvah tour in Israel without some adventure? Rent some kayaks and go floating down the Jordan River for a refreshing afternoon activity. You can also hire some 4x4s or Jeeps to go off-roading for an up-close view of the surrounding mountainous landscape.
Jerusalem, Old & New
It goes without saying that any Bar Mitzvah tour in Israel must have a stop in Jerusalem. While you’re in the ancient holy city, make sure to leave enough time to explore both the old and the new attractions.
In Jerusalem’s Old City, wander around the Jewish Quarter and learn its history, dating back to ancient kings. You can also stop to shop at the marketplace, where you can sample delicious Israeli treats and also pick up a few precious keepsakes. In the City of David, the entire family can enjoy learning about the archeological site. Discover how it is tied to both the history of the city and Judaism itself.
In the newer part of Jerusalem, you can visit a few museums and also get your hands dirty. The Yad Vashem is a powerful Holocust memorial museum, which we always recommend visiting as it is an important place to stop and reflect on your Jewish heritage and history. Another worthwhile museum is the Israel Museum, where everyone will love visiting the exhibits of archeological digs, the fun sculpture garden, and especially the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Lastly, stop at the Jerusalem Forest, where the whole family can enjoy a bonding experience of planting a tree in Israel in honor of a family member or in honor of the Bar Mitzvah milestone.
Bar Mitzvah Ceremony at the Kotel
While we do recommend spending in a few days in Jerusalem as there is so much to see, many families opt to have a full day in Jerusalem dedicated entirely to celebrating the Bar Mitzvah at the Kotel (Western Wall). This allows you enough time to cherish the momentous occasion, and also to get together for a family lunch or dinner, or simply take the time to relax and allow the moment to sink in. Contact us to organize a Bar Mitzvah at the Kotel. We’ll be able to tailor the ceremony to you specific religious needs.
Dead Sea, Ein Gedi, and Masada
The next stop on your Bar Mitvzvah tour in Israel is a little more south, as we venture into the desert to visit some exciting spots.
Spend the morning hiking or taking the cable car up to Masada and learn about the ancient fortress site and what happened there. Many families also opt to perform the Bar Mitzvah ceremony at Masada instead of the Kotel. If this is your preference, let us know and we can arrange it for you.
Drive to Ein Gedi, where you can go for a leisurely hike through the desert oasis and stop for some refreshing cool dips in the cool springs and waterfalls. Make sure to keep an eye out for some ibex!
The last stop on this fun-filled day is at the Dead Sea. Cover yourself in some Dead Sea mud and float atop the sea at the lowest point in the world.
The Negev and Sde Boker
On the last day of your Bar Mitzvah tour in Israel, we recommend visiting Israel’s Negev Desert.
In the small town of Sde Boker, visit the burial site of David Ben Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister. His burial site is also a desert oasis, where you’ll find a quaint garden and many desert animals. The nearby Kibbutz he lived on has been partially converted to a museum. This a great opportunity to learn more about Ben Gurion himself as well as Israel’s Kibbutz life and culture.
Visit the welcome center at Mitzpe Ramon and learn more about how this massive crater was formed. While you’re in Mitzpe Ramon, you’ll have another opportunity to take a Jeep tour through the desert if you so wish.
As the Negev Desert is home to many Bedouins, an authentic Bedouin-style lunch or dinner is on the menu for today! Learn about this interesting way of life as the whole family gathers around the table for a delicious feast.
Your Bar Mitzvah tour in Israel can be completely customized to meet your needs. If you’d like to change or add something that we didn’t include on this sample itinerary, simply let us know. We can create a bespoke tour just for you! Contact us today to get started on your Bar Mitzvah tour in Israel.