A Meaningful Jewish Experience: Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah or Chuppah
Make your celebration a historic occasion
The Israel Nature and Parks Authority invites you to mark your most moving heritage moments in Israel. Come celebrate in a unique atmosphere. Connect with nature, heritage and tradition. If you’re looking for something different from the usual family ceremony, if you’re looking for something experiential, with added value and a connection to nature and/or tradition, come hold your ceremony with us.
We offer you:
An event with a difference
An informal, family-style atmosphere
An authentic site that creates a bond with ancient stones and Jewish traditions
The opportunity for significant personal expression by the Bar/Bat Mitzvah, bride, groom, or celebrant at other such special occasions
A unique experience shared by the whole family and guests
We’ve selected 17 of the most beautiful heritage and scenic sites in the country from north to south.
All of the sites managers will welcome you warmly and assist with your ceremony.
A preliminary tour is a must, to get acquainted with the site and learn from the staff about expected conduct during the ceremony.
During regular opening hours the site remains open to the general public while the ceremony is underway.
Every site has equipment such as tables, chairs and a hot water heater, What can be rented for the ceremony (at an additional fee and depending on availability).
Torah scrolls are available only at Masada National Park.
You can incorporate a tour of the site for your family and guests; in fact, we recommend it. The tour makes and adds to the connection between the ceremony and the site.
Frequently asked questions about the Israel Nature and Parks Authority’s Mosaic ceremonies program
1. What sites are available for ceremonies?
17 Heritage site and National parks – to choose from: Bar‘am, Gamla, Korazim, Hamat Tiberias, Tzippori, Bet Alpha, Tel Megiddo, Bet She‘arim, Apollonia, Bet Guvrin, Kastel, Herodium, Mount Gerizim, En Gedi Antiquities, Masada, Tel Arad and Tel Be’er Sheva.
2. Are there any additional fees in addition to the entrance fees ?
Yes. The additional fees are detailed on the price list.
3. Can we bring our own catering or refreshments?
Generally catering services cannot be used at the site. You may bring light refreshments, in coordination with the site management, which you may enjoy at specific places in the park. You’ll get all the details during your initial visit to plan your ceremony.
4. Will the site be closed while our celebration is underway?
During the site’s regular opening hours it will not be closed to other visitors while your ceremony is underway. Options are available to hold your ceremony before the site officially opens or after it closes, in coordination with site management and at an extra cost.
5. How do we reserve our ceremony?
Please Contact the management of the site you’re interested in for your ceremony; details are below, and fill out a reservation form.
6. Do we need to come on a preliminary tour of the site?
Yes, that’s a must, so we can give you a tour and explain all about the ceremony and rules at the site.
7. Do the sites have equipment on hand that we’ll need?
You can rent equipment like chairs, tables and a water heater. For more details, contact the site.
8. Can you recommend a ceremony leader or rabbi?
The choice of rabbi, leader or ceremony producer is up to the family. Generally we don’t provide recommendations.
9. Can ceremonies be held after opening and closing times?
Yes.Please contact the site for further information.
10. Can the family and our guests have a guided tour of the site in addition to the ceremony?
Yes; in fact, we recommend it. There is an additional fee; please note this when you speak to management at the site.
11. Will there be a Torah scroll available for us to use?
A Torah scroll is currently available only at Masada National Park.
12. Can we toss candy during the ceremony?
In principle, yes; however, this must be arranged with site management in advanced.
We offer a wide selection of heritage sites, from the Galilee in the north to the Jerusalem Hills, Judean Desert and the Negev in the south. Please view the following pages for site information and contact details.