Thinking Of Gifting An Excellent Gift For A Bar Mitzvah?

Published on January 08, 2014 by IBMT

The bar mitzvah is a religious ceremony observed by Jewish people. Boys aged 12 and below are not expected to observe the commandments. But as they grow, they are taught important Jewish traditions and teachings. So a Jewish boy reaches the age of 13, he becomes a bar mitzvah or a son of the commandment. Bar mitzvahs are very important in Jewish tradition. That is why a gift that will be given to a bar mitzvah should definitely be well-thought of. Here are some popular gifts to consider:

What is the significance of giving money?

Money is considered to be the most practical gift for a bar mitzvah. As a boy becomes a part of the Jewish community, so is he bestowed with adult responsibilities – these include money management. Giving bar mitzvahs cash can allow them to practice their money management skills. Most Jewish adults practice giving money in multiples of 18. This is because the tenth and the eight letters of the Jewish alphabet spell the word, ‘Chai,’ and this means life. Life starts at forty for most people. But for the Jewish, it starts at the age of thirteen.

Does the gift have to be expensive?

Since the Bar Mitzvah is a once-in-a-lifetime event, it is not a surprise why expensive gifts are be considered for the celebrator. In fact, some parents take a couple of years to save money just so they would be able to get an expensive gift for their son. Some parents give expensive gadgets and even heirloom items which have been passed down from previous generations. But guests who are invited to a bar mitzvah do not need to be pressured on presenting an expensive gift. It is still the thought that counts. In fact, anybody can present a gift which he would have given to any ordinary thirteen-year-old birthday celebrator.

Observing and celebrating bar mitzvah at Jerusalem

There are so many options when it comes to bar mitzvah venues. Some hold their bar mitzvahs in classy restaurants, five-star hotels, and even in luxurious resorts. But which place will ever be better to observe and celebrate the bar mitzvah than the Holy Land? Surely such an experience can be considered as the perfect give for a bar mitzvah.

On a trip to Jerusalem, bar mitzvahs will have the chance to see the places that he has read from the holy texts. He will be able to thread on the paths where the Patriarchs have trod. The Western Wall, the Dead Sea, and the Tower of David are just some amazing sites to visit. Being at the Holy Land for one’s bar mitzvah can surely offer a fulfilling and very memorable experience.

Thinking of having a bar mitzvah tour for your son? A bar mitzvah tour cannot only provide a wonderful experience for your son but for the family as well. You can contact us at Israel Bar Mitzvah Tours. We can help you arrange matters such as accommodation, food, transportation, and other exciting activities that will make the bar mitzvah an exciting and memorable experience for the family.


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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