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.


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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