The tourism industry is seeing a spike in bar and bat mitzvah celebrations in Jerusalem. Since 2009 more families from the United States, Canada and United Kingdom are celebrating bar or bat mitzvahs in Jerusalem.
Tourism experts believe that families are exploring alternative ways to celebrate their special event. Parents are looking to cut costs and bring more meaning to their child's unforgettable day.
A report released by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics shows that 76 percent of tourists visit Jerusalem for holy excursions. Holy excursions, including Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, occur nearly every day.
Along with celebrating a bar or bat mitzvah, families from abroad partake in a Jerusalem tour. The tour usually includes a spectacular view from the Mount of Olives, a magnificent medieval display at the Tower of David Museum, prayers at the Western Wall and a visit to the Holocaust museum Yad Vashem.
Plans for developing a new visitor center in Jerusalem are underway at the Western Wall. The center will face the holy wall with a view of the Temple Mount. It will be a quiet space to soak in the spiritual experience at the Kotel. The center will also be a new venue for various events. Given its breathtaking view and holy location it will in high demand for weddings and bar or bat mitzvahs.