Bar/Bat Mitzvah Twinning Program

Your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a milestone in your family’s Jewish heritage, not only connecting your child to his/her past and roots, but also committing him/her to shaping the future. Every parent hopes that their Bar/Bat Mitzvah child will develop into an adult filled with an understanding of his/her heritage, enlightened to his/her burgeoning responsibility to the wider community. Yad Vashem’s Twinning Program can help your family fulfill this pivotal moment by matching your Bar/Bat Mitzvah child with a child who perished in the Holocaust, forging an unforgettable bond between two identifies and creating a bridge between the past and present.

A “Page of Testimony,” documenting the life of a Holocaust victim, links your 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 someone who is of blood relation to your family. The Bar/Bat Mitzvah child undertakes the responsibility of remembering the life of the child with whom he/she is twinned.

Yad Vashem marks a Bar/Bat Mitzvah in various ways, which could include a 2-2.5 hour guided tour of the Holocaust History Museum for those aged 10 and above, as well as a candle lighting ceremony in the beautiful 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 your Bar/Bat Mitzvah child with a special certificate of recognition. 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.

Yad Vashem’s Twinning Program highlights the continuity of the Jewish people by connecting the generations. Twinning with a child who perished in the Holocaust is a meaningful way for your child and your entire family to help preserve the past and shape the future.

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