A Bar Mitzvah Celebration in Tzfat
'The Bar Mitzvah Boy', is a phrase that stimulates a whole range of special emotions… all at once we are filled with those emotions saved only for very special occasions, of exciting momens with family and friends, celebrating the best of Jewish tradition. Tzfat's ancient synagogues and alleyways, always seem to our guests as if they were created especially for their 'once in a lifetime' event.
What Does a Bar Mitzvah Celebration in Tzfat Include?
· A Festive Parade Accompanied by a 'Chupa' and Musicians to the Synagogue
A festive and colorful procession accompanied by Kleizmer musicians will accompany the Bar Mitzvah Boy with song and dance all the way to the ancient synagogue. Each of the participants receives a drum, and after the blowing of the Shofar symbolizing the procession's start, the atmosphere heats up with a traditional mix of song and melody accompanied by the sounds of the violin, accordion and clarinet. The alleyways of the Old City of Tzfat make a perfect backdrop of this festive procession, together with the cheers and blessings of Tzfat's residents along the way.
· A Bar Mitzvah Ceremony Conducted at an Ancient 16th Century Synagogue
The ancient synagogues of Tzfat - Abuhav, Ha'Ari, Rabbi Joseph Caro and others - all reaching back to the 16th Century,are exciting locations for a festive and meaningful Bar Mitzvah celebration. The musicians will accompany the ceremony at the synagogue. It is possible to conduct a full-scale 'Shachrit' (morning) prayer service or an impressive ceremony that includes wrapping a Talit, wearing Tefillin, reciting the 'Shema' and being called to the Torah for the first time as a man. The ceremonies are fully moderated with explanations concerning the specific synagogue and the ceremony and suitable for every family, custom and style.
· An Exciting and Experiential Bar Mitzvah Tour through the Alleyways of the Old City
A fascinating tour with an emphasis on fascinating stories, visits to Tzfat's ancient synagogues, galleries containing Judaica and the works of local artists. The tour also offers a unique visit to a candle factory and a Talit weaving factory in Tzfat. It is also possible that the Bar Mitzvah Boy himself will guide a part of the tour.
· A Visit to a Torah Scribe and Talit weaving studio
This visit provides a 'hands-on' introduction to the world of the Torah Scribe - a meeting with a scribe charged with the task of writing Torah scrolls, Tefillin and Mezuzah. Participants will have the opportunity to experience this unique form of writing. During their visit to the Talit factory, we will have the chance to design a hand-woven talit, and participate in a workshop geared towards preparing the Tzitzit (the four corners of the Talit) - a celebration of 'hands-on' Judaism on the day of the Bar Mitzvah.
· Klezmer Performance
An original Tzfat Kleizmer performance - Often called 'Jewish Soul Music', professional musicians combined with dance and Bar Mitzvah stories provide excellent entertainment for the Bar Mitzvah celebrant and his guests. There is also the possibility of adding an experiential drum circle.
· 'The Secret' Workshop at the International Center for Tzfat Kabbalah -
This is a unique experience in which the Bar Mitzvah celebrant studies the special significance of the letters of his name and date of birth through an amusing and fascinating experience. At the workshop's conclusion, the Bar Mitzvah celebrant receives a special parchment containing all of the interpretations and meanings as a special souvenir.