Frequently Asked Questions        
 

In this section, we will try to answer the commonly asked questions. Please contact us with any question you may have that are not answered below. We can be reached via email or via the phone number that appear at the bottom of this Page.

On What days can we have the Bar Mitzvah at the Kotel?

What time of day can we  have the Bar Mitzvah?

What Kind of Prayer Services are done?

What Should we bring from home for the "Aliyah"?

What are the Prayer Times?

How Should we plan the day?

Are there separate sections for men and women? 

How should we prepare for the climate at the Western Wall?

Can we bring refreshments?

Can we tour the Western Wall Tunnels after the Bar Mitzvah?

Will the Bar Mitzvah boy get a Certificate?

How can we contact you for more information?

ANSWERS:

On What days can we have the Bar Mitzvah at the Kotel?
Generally, Bar Mitzvah's at the Western Wall are held on  Mondays, Thursdays, on the day of Rosh Chodesh (the first day of the Jewish month), or on other days when we read from the Torah such as Chanukah and Chol Hamoed (the intermediary days of the holiday of Sukkot and Pesach). Bar Mitzvahs can also be held on Shabbat, but photography and such are forbidden.

What time of day can we  have the Bar Mitzvah?
In principal, we can read from the Torah or put on tefillin any time during the day. However, since traditionally one reads from the Torah and puts on tefillin during Shacharit (the morning prayer), Bar Mitzvahs are held until approximately noon. Take into consideration that as the day progresses the Kotel Gets busier. So, the earlier the better.

What Kind of Prayer Services are held?
Jewish tradition maintains that the ceremony of putting on the tefillin and being called up to the Torah reading be done with a Minyan (a quorum of 10 men). The regular prayer service takes about an hour and includes the morning prayer of Shacharit.
Often, if the child is not used to a longer prayer service, the family chooses to have the child only put on the tefillin, or get called to the Torah. In these cases, the prayer service is much shorter, and includes only the main parts of the service.
 

What Should we bring from home for the "Aliyah"?
We provide everything that is needed for the service from the candies to the Torah the prayer books etc. It is customary for the Bar Mitzvah boy and all men over the age of 13 to put on Teffilin. Please bring your own Talit and Teffilin if you have them. If not, we will be happy to loan these items to you for the service. Some families choose to bring customized Kipot (yarmulkas) or Prayer books. This is permissible, but not necessary.

How Should we plan the day?
Keep in mind that many people throughout Israel, as well as the Diaspora, will also be celebrating their  Bar Mitzvahs so it might be quite crowded and the limited parking in the area fills quickly. The stringent security checks upon entering the Western Wall site take time as well. Please bear all these possible delays in mind as you schedule your day. Our suggestion is to eat breakfast before you arrive and take a bus or a taxi to the Kotel in order to avoid parking issues. After the service, many families celebrate at a local restaurant or hotel with friends and family. Another option is to take a tour of the old city and or of the Kotel Tunnels. We will be happy to assist you with recommendations of tour guides and restaurant options.

Are there separate sections for men and women? 
Prayers at the Kotel are held according to the orthodox tradition. There are separate men's and women's prayer areas at the Western Wall. We take special care to reserve a table that is on the men's section but adjacent to the women's section, so that the women can see and hear the entire service.

How should we prepare for the climate at the Western Wall?
In the summer he sun beats down on the worshippers at the Kotel. We suggest preparing for this with hats, sunscreen and lots of water and perhaps some umbrelas to shield from the beating sun.

On rainy days in the autumn or winter, the Torah scrolls are not removed from the enclosed area of the Wall. During those times, the service is held within the enclosed area of the Wall, at "Wilson's Arch". Women can take part in the service from the women's section there.

Can we bring refreshments?
Yes. You can bring refreshments. However, due to the strict security procedures upon entering the Kotel area and due to the tight space, it is recommended to keep it to a minimal. (Maybe some drinks and cake, but not much more)

Can we tour the Western Wall Tunnels after the Bar Mitzvah?
Yes. Many families decide to combine the Bar Mitzvah with a memorable tour of the fascinating Western Wall Tunnels. This tour shows the continuation of the Western Wall, exposed after being covered for over 600 years by houses in the Moslem quarter. This exciting tour is a journey through time that brings to life the archeology and history of the Wall through remnants and interactive models of the Second Temple. It is a moving culmination to a special day, showing our cultural heritage and connection to Jerusalem.

There is a charge for the tour, led by experienced tour guides, and it is suitable for people of all ages. We strongly recommend reserving the tour well in advance, due to its popularity. Please call +972-2-627-1333.

Will the Bar Mitzvah boy get a Certificate?
Yes. Every boy that celebrates his Bar Mitzvah at the Western Wall gets a beautiful certificate suitable for framing, signed by the Rabbi of the Western Wall. This certificate attests to the fact that the child celebrated his special day at the most important place to the Jewish nation- The Western Wall.

How can we contact you for more information?
We want to help you in any way we can to create a meaningful and fulfilling experience for you and your son.

Please contact us with any question you may have. We can be reached via email or via telephone.

Email: Rabbi@kotelbarmitzvah.com

Telephone: 972-52-475-6001.
 

 

 
           
 
 
 
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