Tips For Embarking On A Bar Mitzvah In Israel

Published on December 07, 2013 by IBMT

Planning your sons Bar Mitzvah can be a huge deal especially if you are trying to make it as memorable as possible. You can have the usual function where you invite guests to celebrate the occasion in your home or in a hotel, or you can make it extra special by traveling to Israel. Celebrating a Bar Mitzvah in Israel can be special and unforgettable and the best part is that you may end up spending less than you would on a traditional festival.

Becoming a Bar Mitzvah is an important life cycle event in Judaism. It marks the transition of the young boy into adulthood and there is no better way to mark this occasion than visiting your Jewish roots. You can give your child the opportunity to learn and understand about what it means to be Jewish. The trip can provide an unbreakable connection that gives the individual the lifetime Jewish identity. There are several tips to help when planning the event to the Jewish homeland.

1. Research the options

It has become very easy to get any information that you need and when planning the trip, you need to start online. Whether you are looking for an intimate and private family Bar Mitzvah tour, or you want an event with many guests, you need to look at the options available. Planning the perfect event and celebration will help to ensure that your son gets memories that will last a lifetime while deepening his connection to Israel.

2. The best tour package

Fortunately, there are people who have experience planning tour packages for visitors to the holy land. Look for a package that will suit your needs by working with a tour company that will tailor make everything that you need. By making your wishes known, you can get the perfect private tour that will help you and your group to get the experience that you need. The tour company can help you to plan your itinerary from the visits to different locations to planning the ceremony and celebration.

3. Traditional locations

For the perfect Bar Mitzvah in Israel you should make it a point to visit the traditional locations. These are locations that are significant to the Jewish traditions. The tour company can organize everything for you including using one of the traditional locations to hold the Bar Mitzvah event. A visit to Israel is not complete without visiting locations like Massada or the Kotel. You can also choose to have the event in one of the ancient synagogues in Galilee or the Golan.

4. Experienced tour guide

When planning the Israel Bar Mitzvah tours, it is very important to hire a tour guide operator who is experienced and who specializes in planning such events. The guide will not only help you to get around, you also have someone to handle everything that you need for the event, including contacting a local Rabbi. Contact the tour company to find out about the local guides available. There are also some really good options on the Internet.

If you are planning your visit to include more than just the Bar Mitzvah tour, you need to have n idea about the activities you want so that you can choose the best venues.


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


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

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

Bar Mitzvah Tour in Europe

Hi Ornan

We just returned from our trip this afternoon. We had a wonderful time and our trip was seamless! All three guides were great and drivers were professional as well.
Thanks for putting together the Siddur. It will be such a nice memento.

One quick question-is there a way to forward  an additional tip on to Budapest guide Agi Antal? Is it best to deal with her directly or can I send you a check to be given to her by her tour group? I am not sure how that works???

Thanks again for planning such a great trip!!  We will highly recommend your services to others!


Shayna Green and Eric Genin

The Best Bat Mitzvah Experience

Our family had a wonderful 2 week experience with IBMT in August, 2015. My wife, daughters (age 12 and 13) and parents (age 71 and 72) all had a simply incredible experience. The tour hits many of the incredible, historic sights the country offers and combines those with amazing activities for the kids including: a live archaeological dig, water tunnels, a chocolate factory, river rafting, a zipline, a jeep tour, donkey riding, camel riding, diving with dolphins and of course playing on beaches of the Mediterranean, Dead and Red seas. The trip was equivalent to four, one-week vacations nicely fit and organized into 13 days.

On the comfort scale, we had a spacious, air conditioned bus with internet access, and all our lodging venues were very nice and served scrumptious breakfasts! Furthermore, our tour guide Nathalie and bus drier Moody were both tremendous!

However, I ...

Eric Glazer

We returned from our 15 day Bar Mitzvah tour and still cannot believe what a fabulous trip we enjoyed. There are many reasons why we are so positive and why we would highly recommend IBMT.

1. The responsiveness and communication from Ornan to the guide. Everyone concerned with IBMT responded to requests for information immediately and we felt that they were truly interested in us, our needs and questions. Having initially called a number of other tour groups, I can say that this is not always the case. Other groups waited days to respond to emails and calls, however, it was evident from day 1 that we were dealing with a professional and experienced organization that was interested in us and that our business was valued. This followed throughout the period prior to the trip including airline arrangements, hotel reservations and advice as to what we could do before and ...

Elayne Cheslow

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