Bat Mitzvah Q&A

  • Bat Mitzvah

    Question: I am interested in holding my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah celebration at the Western Wall. What do you have to offer?

    Answer: The Western Wall Heritage Foundation invites any Bat Mitzvah girl to celebrate her special day at an event at the Western Wall together with her family. We offer two types of ceremonies:

    1. A 30-minute ceremony, which includes meeting with a Bat Mitzvah ‘guide.’ This event takes place at the Western Wall Plaza and in the women’s prayer section of the Western Wall. It is offered free of charge.
    2. A one hour ceremony,which is held in one of the halls in the Western Wall Tunnels. This event includes candle-lighting and a special workshop where glass candlesticks are decorated. During the ceremony the Bat Mitzvah girl is given a necklace with a unique medallion and recites the “She’he’cheyanu” blessing. There is a fee for this ceremony-please contact us for further information.
      At the conclusion of both types of ceremonies, the Bat Mitzvah receives a beautiful certificate commemorating the event.

  • Bat Mitzvah Ceremony in the Winter

    Question: Our Bat Mitzvah ceremony is scheduled for next week, but the weather forecast predicts stormy weather. Will the ceremony be held in any case?

    Answer: The short, 30-minute ceremony takes place outside on the Western Wall Plaza and in the women’s prayer section. In the event of rain, we will hold the ceremony in the women’s section under Wilson’s Arch located in the Western Wall Tunnels. The expanded, one hour ceremony in any case is held inside in one of the Western Wall Tunnels’ halls and therefore can take place in any weather.

  • Bat Mitzvah Necklace

    Question: I would like to give my daughter a special gift for her Bat Mitzvah. What do you have to offer?

    Answer: We have designed an exclusive necklace especially for girls celebrating their Bat Mitzvahs. This one-of-a-kind gift is a beautiful, silver-plated medallion in the shape of an ancient picture of the Western Wall. This is indeed a unique and meaningful memento of this special occasion.
    The necklace can be purchased whether or not a ceremony is held at the Western Wall, by ordering it in advance at telephone *5958.

  • Food at the Event

    Question: We would like to offer our guests refreshments after the Bat Mitzvah ceremony. Is there an area at the Western Wall where we can do so?

    Answer: To the north of the Western Wall Plaza (to the left of the prayer plaza) there are two covered areas with tables for the use of bar mitzvah families who wish to bring refreshments.
    1. The porch is not wheelchair accessible. It can only be reached by stairs.
    2. The Haguy tunnel is on the same level as the Western Wall Plaza and is accessible for families.

  • Grandma Has Difficulty Walking

    Question: We are planning a Bat Mitzvah at the Western Wall for our daughter and wanted to ask whether the event is appropriate for her 80-year-old grandmother who has difficulty walking?

    Answer: It should be taken into consideration that the area of the Old City in general, and the Western Wall in particular, has many steps and uneven sidewalks. We will make every effort to use as few stairs as possible but be aware that this is often unavoidable. It is advised that you have someone available to assist your grandmother in these more difficult areas.

  • Number of Guests

    Question: How many guests can join us at the Bat Mitzvah ceremony?

    Answer: In order to maintain an intimate and special character to these ceremonies, we recommend limiting the total number of guests to 35 people.

  • Parking

    Question: We will be holding a Bat Mitzvah ceremony at the Western Wall next month. Where do you recommend we park our car in order to get to the Western Wall?

    Answer: Directions

  • When should the ceremony be held?

    Question: When is it recommended to hold a Bat Mitzvah ceremony at the Western Wall?

    Answer: The ceremony can be held  on either Sunday, Tuesday or Wednesday from 8:00-16:00.

    On Monday and Thursday from 13:00-16:00.

    on Friday from 8:00-11:30.

“The Light in the Heart”

“The Light in the Heart”

An extended family ceremony in the Jewish tradition of candle-lighting,
this program takes place in one of the hidden, beautiful halls in the Western Wall Tunnels...