Bar and Bat Mitzva Tour:
Bar and Bat Mitzvas represent the moment when a young Jewish person becomes mature. From this moment, he/she have more legal responsibility in many respects, including personal, to his/her family, and to Jewish society in general. In the old Jewish sources, to be a BarBat Mitzvah is a more of an educational experience than just a reason to celebrate with a big party. In other words, this event is not only the “Bar”, but also the Mitzvah.
Israel is the most powerful place for a young Jewish person to observe this special moment in life. On the one hand, this is the place where we can discover and connect to our roots, while on the other hand, this is the land of milk and honey. In order to capture the spirit of both, I offer a unique tour that gives you the most memorable and enjoyable touring experience. On this itinerary, I let the sites talk and encourage them to share their heritage with us.
We will explore stories from the times of our prophets, messages from our ancient kings and stories from ministers, rabbis, and soldiers. We will touch upon issues that we don’t necessarily tackle on a daily basis. What can the desert teach us? Why did we have to become a nation in this place? How do the water springs in the promise land reflect our national personality?
All aspects of this tour will be discussed with you in advance to achieve the goal of making this journey a perfect lifetime experience.
Optional Bar/Bat Mitzva Itinerary:
Head north along the coastal road arriving to ancient Caesarea and the Caesarea Harbor, with its thrilling, multi-media presentation – you’ll see ancient history come to life. Continue with Atlit Camp, a detention camp established by the authorities of the British Mandate, it tells the story of the ‘illegal’ Jewish immigration to Israel. Next is Kfar Kedem.Kfar Kedem recreates the day to day life of this ancient land. Hear the words of the prophets as you thresh grain, press oil from fresh olives and wine from fresh grapes. Last thing for this day is Mount Arbel – We’ll drive to an unforgettable lookout on the Golan Heights, the Sea of Galilee, and the northern Galilee, exploring the caves and the tunnels from King Herod’s time
We start our day in Safed, the center of Jewish mysticism during the middle Ages. We walk through the picturesque streets to visit one of the special synagogues and the famous Artists’ Quarter. Continue with visiting a Tefillin factory, understanding the meaning of this Mitzva and experiencing making Tefillin in a unique and enjoyable way. Next we’ll go down the stream in the Chatzbany River with kayaks, eat ice cream and drive to Tel Dan. We will go on an incredible hike in the Dan River, exploring nature and the biblical exhibits at this site.
We drive to the Golan Heights, starting our day at Ben Tal Mountain, where you can enter and explore an IDF army bunker and overlook Syria. Continue with an exciting Jeep ride and breathtaking panoramic views of the entire area. Next is Kol Shofar, the unique shofar factory that is run by Mr. Shimon Kinan. He makes every shofar with his own two hands. We finish our day in the Sachne, the most unforgettable water springs park in the Jordan Valley.
Mount of Olives – We start our day with a panoramic lookout, observing the old and modern city. Next we visit the Kotel-Western Wall, holiest site in Judaism and the symbol of Jewish longing for Jerusalem. Afterwards, we walk through the Western Wall Tunnel, following the route of an ancient Hasmonean/Herodian street that ran parallel to the Wall. We continue with the City of David, the place where Jerusalem was founded. We will take a walk through Hezekiah Tunnel and appreciate this 2,700-year-old engineering achievement, ensuring a safe water supply to the city. We end our day in the famous Israel Museum– including the Dead Sea Scrolls and the 2nd Temple Model(B)
We start our day with a nice Walk on the Old City Ramparts from Jaffa Gate to Zion Gate- overlooking the the Old City. We’ll walk through the narrow, winding streets of the town through the reconstructed Jewish Quarter. We visit the Churva synagogue and the Cardo, once the main Byzantine shopping street. We explore the exhibits of the ‘Burnt House‘, the house that was inhabited by priestly families who served in the Temple. This house had been set on fire during the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE. After lunch, we’ll drive to the headquarters of “Leket“, a charity institution focused on growing and providing food to poor people. Volunteers pick fruits in the field. We finish our day with the Machane Yehuda market, the biggest colorful open market in the city. Smelling, tasting and feeling the authentic food and special drinks.
We start with a morning visit in Bereshit Farm. We then meet Ariel for an amazing camel ride in the desert. Ein Gedi – The day continues at this amazing oasis to which King David escaped when he ran away from King Saul. We will go on a small hike, refresh ourselves in one of the water springs, and visit the 1,600-year-old synagogue. Continue with Masada – We ascend with a cable car 1,200 ft and visit the amazing fortress built by King Herod. We will discover the findings from the rebellion against the Romans and enjoy the unbelievable view of the Judean desert. Dead Sea – Finally, we’ll relax at the lowest place on Earth. Swim, float and try the Dead Sea mud that will clean and rejuvenate your skin.
We’ll start our day with an active archeological dig being held at Tel Maresha. Exploring an ancient town from 100 BCE, the columbarium and the olive oil factory. We’ll continue our day in Tel Azeka, an amazing lookout on the Biblical valley where David and Goliath had their encounter. Next is Latrun – The British fortress that became the strongest military position during the War of Independence (1948). The museum there depicts the battles and shows a wide collection of Israeli and Arab army tanks.
Overnight: Tel Aviv
We start with Machon Ayalon – The underground Jewish bullets factory during the British Mandate period. This factory provided critical assistance in the battles against the Arabs until Israel got its independence. We return to the colorful open-air Carmel Market and the lively pedestrian mall at Nachlat Binyamin Street with its outdoor cafes, restaurants and strolling musicians. Continue with Independence Hall – Original site of the signing of Israel’s Declaration of Independence. ‘For dessert’ we’ll take an amazing tour of the old city of Jaffa, the ancient port town with 4,000 years of outstanding history.
As a tour guide, I know many locations and accessories you can use to have your Bar Mitzva ceremony. I provide all the assistance that will help you create the most moving, memorable and meaningful moment for your family. Additional to this, I can help you with booking a large range of activities that you might be interested during your trip: scuba diving, paragliding, rappelling, horse riding, omega, paintball and more.