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Unique bar mitzvah venues

Planning a bar mitzvah in Jerusalem for next summer. Looking for a site other than the Kotel, Robinson's Arch, or Masada to do the torah reading and ceremony. Open to synagogues, archeological sites, or beautiful venues. Any suggestions?

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1. Re: Unique bar mitzvah venues

Since you mentioned Masada, I assume that means that you are looking outside Jerusalem too. In that case, the possibilities are endless.

Are you travelling in a large group?

Will you have a minyan, or do you need to be somewhere with a minyan?

Will this be on Shabbat, or Mon/Thurs?

Are you looking to have a sit-down meal afterwards nearby, or will the ceremony be separate from any sort of celebration/meal?

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2. Re: Unique bar mitzvah venues

Thanks.

Would like to keep it in Jerusalem or closet to.

Travelling with a group of @ 40-50 people (so yes, will have a minyan).

Would like this to be on a Thursday - with a meal/celebration afterward.

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Are you working with a rabbi? Ask them to help. If not at a synagogue you will need to arrange for a Torah.

In terms of a meal, at the bar mitzvah site? Meat, dairy, kosher, budget?

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4. Re: Unique bar mitzvah venues

How about a hotel with a great view?

Ramat Rachel has a wonderful view of Jerusalem.

The Mount Zion Hotel has a fantastic view of the Old City and a wonderful atmosphere.

If a synagogue, do you prefer Orthodox (most synagogues in Israel are Orthodox, so you have lots of choices) or something Masorti (Conservative) or Reform? For reform, there's the Beit Shmuel roof terrace.

www.beitshmuel.com/en-us/jerusalem-events/

Edited: 09 June 2014, 06:26
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5. Re: Unique bar mitzvah venues

You could do an early morning ceremony on the Haas Promenade with its magnificent view of Jerusalem.

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6. Re: Unique bar mitzvah venues

an Incredible place to have a Bar/Bat mitzvah is at the Neot Kedumim Biblical gardens.

I have been to one there before and it was excellent....

See their website .....http://www.neot-kedumim.org.il/#

Dr. Z

http://www.neot-kedumim.org.il/

Edited: 10 June 2014, 01:35
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7. Re: Unique bar mitzvah venues

When I was last in Israel, we visited the Bar'am ancient synagogue, up north. I thought at the time it would be a really cool, off-beat place to hold a bar mitzvah. I imagine it would take a fair amount of coordination to get a rabbi, a Torah, find a nearly place for a meal, etc. But if you could pull it off, it would be something different and special.

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8. Re: Unique bar mitzvah venues

This book is slightly out of date, but gives nice ideas for locations that are suitable for each parsha of the Torah:

amazon.com/Bar-Bat-Mitzvah-Israel-Sourcebook…

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9. Re: Unique bar mitzvah venues

It would be really helpful if the OP would come back and let us know if any of these fit the bill or what exactly they are looking for.

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10. Re: Unique bar mitzvah venues

Thanks for everyone's suggestions. We're getting closer. We're still looking for the idea site, but now we're thinking of hosting the bar mitzvah in a restaurant/banquet hall so we can continue on to the meal afterward. Looking for somewhere that's scenic, has an outdoor space, and can hold @ 60 people.

TIA.