Bar/Bat Mitzvah Programme

There are thousands of disadvantaged children in Israel each year who are unable to participate in and celebrate this religious milestone. This celebration is a key element in the practice of Judaism. These children cannot afford to pay for lessons which culminate in their Bar/Batmitzvah.

Every year, WIZO branches throughout Israel organise group Bar and Bat Mitzvah programmes for children whose families who are unable to afford a personal celebration.

Bar and Bat Mitzvah programmes have been held in the cities of Jerusalem, Petach Tikvah, Holon, Ramat Gan, Afula, Haifa and Netanya for small groups of twenty to forty children who reach this important religious milestone in their lives.

The boys and girls participating in the WIZO Bar and Bat Mitzvah programme are from disadvantaged families affected by poverty, family crisis, bereavement or are single parent families or immigrants from Russia, Ethiopia or other areas .

Without WIZO, these children would not be celebrating their Bar or Bat Mitzvah.

The WIZO Bar/Bat Mitzvah programme includes:

  • Jewish educational classes
  • Bar Mitzvah boys – Aliyah to the Torah (called up to the Torah)
  • Trip to Jerusalem and the Kotel (usually their first time)
  • Participation in community volunteer work.
  • A festive family celebration
  • Gifts of religious articles e.g. for boys –tefillin, tallit and siddur and for girls – silver candlesticks, Magen David necklace and siddur.

By participating in this special WIZO programme, the children gain a deeper understanding of Judaism and Tzedakah. It helps them become more productive members of society and creates connections between families and the community.

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Sponsorship Opportunity

If you would like to help a Bar/ Bat Mitzvah child in Israel through your own Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration this year, there are a lot of sponsorship opportunities you could consider!

  • $180 donation – WIZO can provide gifts of religious items to A Bar/Bat Mitzvah child.
  • $600 donation –  WIZO can provide a child with participation in the Bar or Bat Mitzvah Programme which includes classes for a year, volunteer activities, a ceremony, a simcha, an outing to Jerusalem and religious gifts

Your donation can be used in an area that you are particularly interested in. There are many ways in which you can help! The Pet Therapy Program at Ahuzat Yeladim – The pet house hosts a fabulous array of pets, many of whom are looked after and loved by the students at Ahuzat Yeladim.  Rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, a rat, sometimes a pet snake, all the animals require loving care, clean cages and pens, food and veterinary care.  Perhaps your interests are in computers and you would like to help a student become computer literate.  There are music programs, gym facilities. We have a terrific list of where you might like to donate your Bar Mitzvah funds. 

In lieu of a Bar/Bat Mitzvah gift, a guest can make donation to WIZO in your name.

Your donation, no matter the amount, will help a boy or girl your age – and what better mitzvah is that?

You will be joining other Bar and Bat Mitzvah children around the world who helped Bar and Bat Mitzvah aged children in Israel to celebrate their special time in their lives. Your donation will be recognised with a certificate from the President of your State.

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