Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program


Thousands of children in Israel grow up in dysfunctional or underprivileged families that cannot afford or are incapable or organising a festive bar or bat mitzvah ceremony for them.

Keren Hayesod – United Israel Appeal, in cooperation with the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, headed by the Chief Rabbi of the Kotel, has taken upon itself to arrange meaningful and exciting bar/bat mitzvah celebrations for these children and their families, so that they will not miss out on this important event in Jewish life.

The Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration takes place at the Kotel in Jerusalem and includes:

  • Transportation from all parts of the country to and from Jerusalem
  • A tour of the Western Wall Tunnels or the Southern excavations of the Temple Mount
  • A festive prayer service at the Western Wall Plaza complete with putting on tefillin and reading from the Torah
  • A festive meal in a nearby restaurant
  • A party with a musical performance

The bar/bat mitzvah celebration culminates in each child being presented with a beautiful, personalised certificate.

In recognition of your generosity, we can include your name, or the name of anyone you designate, on the certificate presented to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Children.

Our Mission Statement:

Keren Hayesod- United Israel Appeal, through a partnership between Israel and Diaspora communities, mobilises support for Israel and the rescue of Jews in distress.

By encouraging and assisting in Aliyah and absorption, Keren Hayesod saves Jewish lives, strengthens Jewish identity, fortifies the fabric of Israeli society and reinforces solidarity within the Jewish people.