At Kfar Hanokdim, which is located just a quarter of an hour’s drive from Masada, you can hold an unforgettable desert bar mitzvah event. Come and hold the bar mitzvah ceremony at the most ancient synagogue in the world, at the top of the Masada cliff, looking out over the desert wilderness so imbued with historical significance. The ceremony, conducted in a traditional Jewish manner which is also well suited to most secular families, is led by Rabbi Shimon in a humorous and lighthearted way, with songs and games. You are invited to stay with us at the Kfar on the evening before the ceremony and to ascend Masada at dawn, or to come to us after the ceremony. You can choose one of our options for accommodation, and a festive meal from our variety of meals, and also enjoy our diverse range of interesting activities and workshops. Particularly recommended is the Trek in the Footsteps of our Forefathers: an O.D.T activity specially adapted for the desert, particularly formulated for the celebration of the bar-bat mitzvah by connecting the young boy or girl to the illustrious Jewish dynasty of the people of Israel and to our desert roots.
Trek in the Footsteps of our Forefathers – an O.D.T activity
Many of the leaders of the Jewish people – Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and David – achieved their eminence in the desert.
In the desert their exceptional characters were formed, they came to maturity and were privileged with meaningful revelations from which they grew into our spiritual forebears.
In the desert the Jewish people received the Torah and the youngsters take it upon themselves to carry on the tradition in the desert.
On Kfar Hanokdim we will hold a Trek in the Footsteps of our Forefathers: a desert ceremony to renew the covenant in an experiential and festive way. During the Trek in the Footsteps of our Forefathers the participants are divided into competing tribes and pass through stations at which they have to perform tasks such as those which our forefathers had to carry out in the desert: herding sheep, building the Tent of Abraham, saddling camels, lighting fires by natural means and more. In the intervals between the stations there are lively guided activities for the members of all the tribes. At the end of the trek the members of the winning tribe are crowned in glory. The Trek in the Footsteps of our Forefathers connects the desert, the great leaders of the Jewish people and the youngsters celebrating their bar-bat mitzvah, instilling in them the knowledge that they too are links in the remarkable chain of generations of our people.
A note: It is of course possible to hold a different private or family event based upon the scheme of your bar-bat mitzvah