Personalized bat or bar mitzvah in Israel
Ezrat Israel/ Azrat Israel/ Robinson's Arch/ Egalitarian Kotel or the location of your choice
Create a service that matches you:
Secular, Reform, Conservative, Modern Orthodox or Just Jewish
Israelbatmitzvahs/ bar mitzvahs' boutique, custom-made bar and bat mitzvah events in Israel (or other destinations) will leave lasting memories of pride, joy and connection for all who share in the celebration.
Before the ceremony, I will connect with you to learn about your background, personalities, religious and logistical preferences. I will go over the service, helping involve family and friends. Her pastoral experience will help navigate family dynamics that often surface during lifecycle events.
I am completing tour guide certification and can advise on ideas for touring and suggest restaurants, a photographer etc. so you can relax & enjoy the day.
A variety of locations across Israel
Whether it is the egalitarian section of the Western Wall (Ezrat Israel/ Robinson's Arch), the Davidson Archeological Garden (The Southern Wall or Hulda Gates), the Haas Promenade (Tayelet), Masada, Ein Gedi Ancient synagogue, hotel, kibbutz or nature reserve, the location sets the tone for the ceremony. Contact Rav Miriam to discuss the best location, time of year and time of day for your child's dream bar or bat mitzvah.
Ezrat Israel/ Robinson's Arch/ Egalitarian Kotel/ Masorti Kotel/ Family Western Wall, Jerusalem
How to get to Ezrat Israel/Robinson's Arch/ Egalitarian Kotel:
Do not write Ezrat Israel in Waze - it has the wrong info. Walk from Jaffa Gate about 20 mins, taxi from main downtown hotels or shuttle for 7 people from Jaffa Gate about 15 mins, city bus 38 or 883A from First Station about 25 mins. At the Kotel roundabout, look for the Israeli flag and stairs that say Ezrat Israel. You do not go through security into the Western Wall area.
Tell the guard you are there for a service and follow the path to the platform.
There are steps. A small elevator is accessible via the Davidson archeological gardens. From inside the Dung Gate walk left 5 meters, right 15 meters then right into the glass entrance. Bathrooms outside. You cross under the road then get to the elevator. Worth visiting the newly-renovated museum and film about life in Second Temple times.
Davidson Archeological Gardens/ Southern Wall, Jerusalem
Haas Promenade, Jerusalem
Not an official site, need to bring our own Torah, chairs, table and siddurim, good for small services in pleasant weather.
In the North: Tzipori National Park
Celebrate at the ancient synagogue in the town where the Mishna was written 1820 years ago.
In the Golan: Ein Keshatot
Bring this ancient synagogue - with the oldest ark and bima found in Israel - to life with your service! Excellent visitor's center, snack-bar, exceptionally clean bathrooms, optional tour of the nearby natural springs.
Near the Dead Sea: Massada
A symbol of ancient and modern Jewish strength, Massada requires some creative logistics but is a breathtaking and powerful site for a bat mitzvah or bat mitzvah.
How it works
In addition to planning the service, you are likely managing the logistics of the entire trip. That can be stressful and intimidating. I am the spiritual and logistical bridge you’re looking for. I will be there for your whole family as you prepare to celebrate in Israel.
Prior to the event, I will connect with you personally to gather information about your child, your family, your preferences and the ideal service to suit your needs. Once you arrive in Israel, I will review the service with you and your child, helping you assign honors and draw your family and friends into the experience.
The Bar or Bat Mitzvah child will receive a personalized artistic certificate made in Israel.
Myrna Smith, age 70, Toronto
“Rabbi Miriam, I have wanted to become Bat Mitzvah for many decades and I finally had the chance to do it at Robinson’s Arch with you officiating and a group of ten dear friends. Thank you for making my dream a reality! It was exactly what I had hoped for. My heart is full, and I am leaving Israel on a high, hopefully to return again soon.”
Allison Carmen, NY
“Thank you thank you thank you! I could not have imagined a nicer service. The southern wall was intimate and personal. I so appreciated the time that you spent explaining the service as well as leading us in prayer and meditation. The sounds of drums and songs in the background were perfect. The western wall was loud and chaotic. We loved it! Thank you for being so open, flexible and creative with the service. It was so special for Morgan and the rest of the family. You are a beautiful person and I feel very blessed to have crossed paths.”
A. S., San Francisco
“It was perfect, everything we had hoped for and more.”