Bar & Bat Mitzvah Vacations
Bar and Bat Mitzvah Vacations
For over 25 years, ITC Tours has arranged incredibleBar and Bat Mitzvah family experiences in Israel and beyond, offering the highest professional standards and a personal touch every step of the way. Now we can offer you the opportunity to treat your son or daughter to a coming-of-age adventure of a lifetime in a number of inspiring and powerful Jewish locations, not only in Israel, but in Europe, North Africa and the Indian sub-continent as well. Such a multi-generational journey, combined with the joy of this Jewish rite of passage, will provide you and your family with an unforgettable milestone in your personal family history.
Prague, Czech Republic –The Spanish Synagogue in Prague is known as the most beautiful synagogue in Europe. Set in the heart of the Jewish Quarter (Josefov), it is certainly a stunning sight.The Spanish Synagogue was built in 1868 on the site of the oldest Prague Jewish house of prayer (“the Old Shul”). It was designed in a Moorish style by VojtěchIgnátz Ullmann. Its interior, including the stained glass windows, were designed by the architects A. Baum and B. Munzberg, and completed in 1893. The Spanish Synagogue re-opened on the 130th anniversary of its establishment. This magnificent building now forms part of the Jewish Museum in Prague, so can be visited during the day. While early evening it becomes a wonderful setting for classical concerts. OR
The Jubilee Synagogue. The Jubilee Synagogue, located in the Jewish Quarter, is Prague’s largest synagogue. Built at the beginning of the 20th century, its blend of Art Nouveau architecture and Moorish Revival artistic style. Both Synagogues Provide a beautiful setting for a wonderful Bar or Bat Mitzvah family service.
Barcelona, Spain – Medieval Synagogue. This is believed to be one of Europe’s oldest synagogues, with remnants from the 3rd and 4th century. It fell into disuse after the massacre of the Jews of Barcelona in 1391, but was re-opened in 2002, and now offers an amazing setting for any Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration.
Madrid, Spain – Beth Yaacov Synagogue. Partake in the modern renaissance of Spanish Jewry by celebrating a Bar Mitzvah in the Beth Yaacov Synagogue, built in 1968 and now home to the Jewish Cultural Center of Madrid.
Delhi, India – Judah Hyam Synagogue. Although there has been a Jewish presence in Delhi for many centuries, it wasn’t until 1956 that a synagogue was re-opened to provide a community center and prayer hall for the small but well-organized community in the city. The Judah Hyam Synagogue has become the center of Jewish activity in Delhi for diplomats and their families, and visiting Jewish dignitaries. A Bar or Bat Mitzvah here is testament to the fact that Jews are one people no matter where they live.
Florence, Italy – Italian Synagogue. Opened in 1882, this beautiful dome-capped edifice was funded by a Florentine Jew as his legacy to the community, and planned entirely by Jewish architects and artisans. It was saved by the Italian resistance from destruction by the Nazis and later restored. The synagogue provides a singular opportunity to celebrate a Bar Mitzvah in a unique setting that integrates the architectural traditions of both the Italian and Islamic worlds, and stands as a testament to the perseverance of our culture.
Rome, Italy – The Great Synagogue. While the Great Synagogue of Rome was built only 100 years ago, it represents a Jewish community with 2,000-year-old roots. Holding a Bar Mitzvah ceremony in the heart of this city of cathedrals enables a family to celebrate the event while connecting to a Jewish presence that pre-dates the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem.
Siena, Italy – The Synagogue of Siena. The synagogue was located in the old Jewish ghetto to serve a community that has been present in Siena since the 1300s. Built in the late 18th century, it represents one of the region’s few examples of architecture between the Rococo and Neoclassicism. The simple external façade and, in contrast, the elegant, richly decorated interior, are exemplary of synagogues built in Italy in the age of the ghettoes before the Emancipation, and provide a beautiful setting for holding a Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration.
Cruise the Mediterranean with a cantor onboard to conduct the Bar/Bat Mitzvah service, or be hosted by a rabbi in a historic synagogue in a variety of Italian cities.
Italy is a stunning backdrop for your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah, which will include the full rituals and sacred celebrations of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah, followed by a vacation as relaxing or adventurous as you wish: from a tour of Italy including Rome, Florence and Venice, to a stay at a full service beach resort on the Amalfi Coast, to an exciting Mediterranean cruise!
Marrakech, Morocco – Slat El Azama Synagogue. The synagogue was built in 1492 by Jewish refugees of the Spanish Expulsion. A Bar Mitzvah ceremony in one of Morocco’s oldest and most beautiful synagogues offers a family the opportunity to become a bridge between a thriving Jewish past and a striving Jewish present. Located around a large, well-tended central courtyard, this edifice is at the heart of what was once the Mellah, Marrakech’s Old Jewish Quarter
Paris, France –
Adath Shalom is a Masorti community, a member of MasortiOlami and the World Council of Synagogues, and affiliated to the Conservative movement in the United States.Our services and rituals are traditional and egalitarian. Our communityemphasizes a modern and open approach to contemporary issues in Jewish life and iscommitted to increasing dialogue amongdifferent cultures and religious groups.
Union Liberale Israelite de France (Rue Copernic Synagogue) Located in the heart of Paris’ elegant 16th district, it is a dynamic and thriving community with 4,500 individual memberships, including prominent members of all sectors of French society. The congregation has become a home for those seeking a modern approach to Judaism without breaking completely from a more traditional heritage; it offers a wonderful setting for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony.
Plan your Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration as a tour of Costa Rica’s famous tropical rain forests, volcano and other natural features, or opt for an all-inclusive stay at one of Costa Rica’s luxury family resorts.
Choose an outdoor Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony conducted by a cantor, and you will be surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of this tropical paradise. Or celebrate your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah in a traditional setting at the local synagogue in San Jose.
Choose an exciting Alaska Cruisetour with Princess Cruise Lines, including a weeklong cruise of the Inside Passage, followed by a stay at a luxury Wilderness Lodge in Denali National Park.
Or celebrate your child’s coming-of-age in a Synagogue in Anchorage, Fairbanks or Juneau. Visit the Mendenhall glacier, hike the mountains and enjoy fishing, whale watching and exploring all that Alaska has to offer.
Easily accessible from the U.S and Israel, the Caribbean islands are a great choice for your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah!Whether you hold your celebration in a historic Caribbean synagogue, or onboard a luxury cruise ship ITC makes planning effortless!
United States Virgin Islands
Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah Headquarters can be one of the USVI’s great resorts, or plan a familyCaribbean Cruise that calls into St. Thomas and hold your Bar Mitzvah at the historic Hebrew Congregation in Charlotte Amalie. The synagogue is the oldest in continuous use under the American flag and the second-oldest in the Western Hemisphere.gue ihe oldest in continuous use under the American flag and the second-oldest in the Western Hemisphere. We are located at the top of Sy nagogue Hill, in the
top of Synagogue Hill, in the heart of downtown Charlotte Amalie.
Your Destination Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration can take place at one of Aruba’s luxury resorts, or plan a family Caribbean Cruise that sails to this beautiful island in the Caribbean.
Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration can take place at one of Puerto Rico’s luxury resorts, or plan a family Caribbean Cruise that sails from South Florida or San Juan to the western or southern Caribbean.
Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony will take place at historic Temple Beth Shalom in San Juan.
This synagogue is home to a wonderful multi-ethnic congregation that welcomes Bar/Bat Mitzvah candidates warmly. Temple Beth Shalom (TBS), the Reform Jewish Congregation of Puerto Rico, was founded in 1967 by a group of families seeking the warmth and intimacy of a small congregation. Contributing to this ambiance are many off-island associate members, visiting rabbis, and cantors.
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