Bar/Bat Mitzvah Twinning Program

Celebrating a Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a fundamental milestone in the Jewish life cycle, not only connecting your child to his/her past and roots, but also committing him/her to shaping the future. It is the hope of every parent that their Bar/Bat Mitzvah child will develop into an adult filled with a sense of his/her heritage and enlightened to his/her burgeoning responsibility to the wider community.

The central feature of the Twinning Program involves matching a child of Bar/Bat Mitzvah age with a child who perished in the Holocaust, forging an unforgettable bond between two identities and creating a bridge between the present and the past. A “Page of Testimony,” documenting the life of a Holocaust victim, links the Bar/Bat Mitzvah child with a Holocaust victim by either matching names, birthday, and/or country of origin. Alternatively, the child Holocaust victim may be one that is a blood relation to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah child. The Bar/Bat Mitzvah undertakes the responsibility of remembering that child.

The Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration package at Yad Vashem includes a 2–2.5 hour guided tour of the Holocaust History Museum for persons aged 10 and above and a candle lighting ceremony in the Yad Vashem Synagogue. In addition, Yad Vashem offers your child the singular opportunity to read from a Torah scroll that survived the Holocaust in the Yad Vashem synagogue. The ceremony concludes with a Yad Vashem representative presenting a special certificate of recognition to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah child. For an additional fee, Yad Vashem can provide lunch, Jewish music and singing, or a chazzan (Cantor) to bless the Bar/Bat Mitzvah child and recite the memorial prayer for those who perished in the Holocaust.

To learn more and register for a Twinning, please click here.