Bar Mitzvah Photography

Your son's bar mitzvah in Israel is something I am sure you and your family have dedicated tons of time and resources to pulling off, so it is natural to want to capture all the details of the day or even your entire stay in Israel (for those engaged in full-on bar mitzvah tours). Israel provides the perfect backdrop for beautiful shots, and I am always honored when families choose me to be part of this event.

The Kotel (Western Wall) is the most popular choice for bar mitzvahs in Israel for its unparalleled historical significance and classic Jerusalem views. However, I have documented bar mitzvahs all over the country, and while the Kotel certainly has its advantages, there are a few unique features of a bar mitzvah at the Kotel that celebrants should be aware of. First and foremost is the gender separation; the Western Wall is divided into men’s and women’s galleries. As you will be able to see in several of the galleries below, the Torah reading itself takes place only in the men’s gallery. Women attendees will have to peek over the separating wall in order to catch the action.

A popular alternative location that enables all the family to celebrate together (no gender separation) is Ezrat Yisrael/Robinson’s Arch. For more information about this location, please visit this helpful guide.

Next, it is important to remember that the Kotel is a public place. Therefore, while your bar mitzvah will take place in one of Israel’s most emblematic locations, it will not be entirely private, if this is of concern to you. For some, part of the fun of a bar mitzvah at the Kotel is the spontaneous participation of onlookers who often join the prayer, dance, and general simcha of the event.

Lastly, the Kotel itself is outside and largely unsheltered. Weather is hardly ever a consideration in Israel, but keep in mind while planning your festive attire that the winter months will require an extra layer in order to celebrate comfortably. There is a wide variety of venues located in the immediate vicinity of the Kotel that make it easy to transition directly from the Torah reading to an inside venue for a meal and continued celebration. To get an idea of what to expect, you can see the variety of locations in this selection of bar mitzvah videos.

To see sample galleries, click on the thumbnails below.

Bloomfield Family Bar Mitzvah
Bloomfield Family Bar Mitzvah
Levstein Family Bat Mitzvah
Shiner Family Egalitarian Bat Mitzvah
David Family Bat Mitzvah at Robinson's Arch, Jeruslaem
Tedder Family Bar Mitzvah, Jerusalem
Jacob's Bar Mitzvah on Masada
Parker Family Bar Mitzvah
Ditz Family Bar Mitzvah
Dittmer Family Bar Mitzvah, Masada
Maya Bat Mitzvah at Robinson's Arch
Green Family Bar Mitzvah, Jerusalem
Eliza Bat Mitzvah, Jerusalem
Saraisky Family Bar Mitzvah, Jerusalem
Kiss Family Bar Mitzvah at the Western Wall, Jerusalem
Green Family Bar Mitzvah, Jerusalem
Bruckmann Bar Mitzvah at the Kotel
Mildwurf Family Bnei Mitzvah