The Top 3 Benefits Of A Bar Mitzvah Tour Of Israel For Your Son

Published on October 09, 2013 by IBMT

Is your son approaching his Bar Mitzvah? You probably have fond memories of your own ceremony and are keen to give your son the same. It’s an enormous step being thrust into the world of adulthood and responsibility and you are probably mulling over how you might help your son get the most out of it. Today we’re going to be looking at Bar Mitzvah tours of Israel – these have exploded in popularity over the past decade and many tour and travel companies offer them. Here are three unique benefits of going on a tour that will make your experience greater than the sum of its parts.

What Are Bar Mitzvah Tours Of Israel?

There are so many tour companies and travel agents offering these tours and packages they are hard to generalize but every tour offers the same basic elements. Join a tour and your whole 12 or 15-day trip will be fully catered from the moment you step off the plane to the moment you leave. Tours include many different families with members of all ages and you will be fully looked after by a dedicated guide for the duration of your tour. You will visit areas of religious and historical significance in Israel as well as special meals and ceremonies for the Bar Mitzvah itself. Here are three key benefits of tours that you may by unaware of.

#1: Tour Guides Are Walking Encyclopedias

The one thing that bowls most people over is the quality of the tour guide who takes care of them. The quality of the guide can make or break a tour so it pays to take some time choosing the right tour firm to book with. A good guide will be able to connect with people from all walks of life and of all ages from kids to grandparents. Good guides will explain every historical intricacy of sites you visit as well as symbolism and religious facts about the places you go and the things you experience.

#2: Make Lifelong Friends

A Bar Mitzvah tour is an excellent way for you, your son and your family to make lifelong friends. Most tours begin with exploring Jerusalem for several days. By the time you leave Jerusalem, you will have bonded with the other families on your tour in a way that you never thought possible. The beauty and significance of the city and the places makes the friendships you strike up all the more meaningful. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself planning to meet up again in Israel in the future!

#3: The Perfect Combination Of Education And Adventure

Almost all tours combine religion with history and people expect this from their tour guides. What most families don’t bank on is how wonderfully the itinerary blends education with adventure. Tours can combine anything from rowing across rivers to crawling through the secret tunnels at Beit Guvrin to riding camels through the desert plus much, much more. You’ll enjoy it every bit as much as your son will and really get a kick out of the combination of learning and excitement.


Ornan and Ada

We got home yesterday, and I just want to thank you both for all of your help and support along the way and for creating what was truly the most magical experience. It surpassed every expectation. Yair is a true professional and his love and pride of Israel is contagious. I am happy to provide a glowing reference for any family thinking of joining IBMT in the future. Happy 2018!!!


Gayle Schreiber
Ridgefield CT

Gayle Schreiber

Hi Ornan and Ada,

This note is a bit delayed, but I want to thank you for the help and support you provided to help make our Israel Bar Mitzvah trip such a memorable experience.
We had an incredible time in Israel! What a great itinerary and having Yair and Natalie as our guides truly made it outstanding. 


Toronto, Canada


Petra Greenbaum

We wanted to thank you so much for a beautiful Shabbat dinner! We visited your home on Dec 22, 2017 with the IBMT Bat Mitzvah tour. It was a wonderful way to begin our trip in Israel. We enjoyed ourselves immensely, and loved spending time with your family. We appreciated your warmth and hospitality and having the opportunity to hear your story. We have ordered your book and look forward to reading it.

Wishing you all the best, And a very big thank you from Toronto, Canada

Toddy, Marshall, Marlee & Alec Freilich
Miriam Freilich


Toddy Freilich


In August we went to Israel for our son’s Bar Mitzvah with our entire family. We had people ranging in age from 9 to 79 and needed a trip that would be fun for all. Ornan and his team at IBMT really took the time to get to know me and to find out what we needed before he planned a trip that everyone has agreed was the best and most memorable family trip that we’ve ever been on. The trip ran flawlessly and every detail was considered. We were able to customize our entire experience and all of his recommendations turned out to be amazing. Most importantly he was always available when I had any questions and worked tirelessly to reassure me that our trip would be perfect and it was.

Irina and Mark Gross

We recently returned from a IBMT Tour for our son’s Bar Mitzvah and we all agree that it was the best vacation that we have taken to date.  The tour was well organized and the staff were friendly and very knowledgeable.  The events that they include in the tour include everything “must see” in Israel and activities that will make you laugh, cry, and everything in between.  The tour allows for activities for all ages and accommodates anyone who wants to do more or less than they have planned.  It is obvious to me and my family that they have put serious thought into planning the tour as all of the logistics were worked out.  We would confidently refer this tour group to anyone considering a Bar Mitzvah tour in Israel.

Michael Rodney

Hi Ornan,

"Opting to celebrate our son's bar mitzvah this summer with IBMT is one of the best decisions we've ever made.  The itinerary took us to places around the country that I've never experienced on previous trips to Israel.  Experiencing our son's bar mitzvah atop Masada as opposed to a more rushed, crowded experience at the wall truly sets IBMT apart from other tour companies.  The professionalism of the IBMT staff both in North America and Israel was superb...everything was incredibly well organized and we were heartened by IBMT's level of diligence in ensuring that every hotel and restaurant fully accommodated our son's food allergies.  Our tour guide Natalie was the highlight of the trip -- she is warm, incredibly knowledgeable, and tailored the experience for everyone's needs.  The other families on ...

David M Zimmerman

To Ornan and  IBMT Tours staff,

We just got back from tour with IBMT for our Bat Mitzvah Tour in Israel.

We are so glad we have chosen the right company for our tour as I can’t express my words of how wonderful this tour company was, starting before we left, the personal service they showed here back home and later the service in Israel with our great tour guide Natalie who was so informative on every place we went and what we saw. It was so wonderful to listen to a person with so much knowledge, she made it very interesting for all of us to enjoy and we all became one big family.
Fun, Excitement & Connection, IBMT you are more then that. Everyone took care of each other looking after the children, everyone pitched in

Chana Pulvermacher


Thank you very much for the IBMT Bat Mitzvah tour we just completed.  We had a fabulous time & there were lots of special little parts from the tour that contributed to that.  The different experiences for dinner were very special, and I liked the variety of different types of sites/attractions.  Our tour guide Natalie was excellent, and I heard good things from the other group about their guide Liat.

Thanks again

Adam Waese

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