Yad Vashem offers two options for participation in the Twinning Program:
Make Your Child's Bar/Bat Mitzvah more Meaningful from Home
Yad Vashem is offering easy access to this unique initiative from anywhere in the world.
Your child will be twinned with a child who did not have a chance to mark this important rite of passage. The child being remembered will share something with the participant – a birthday, a name or place of origin.
A customized Twinning Kit containing the Page of Testimony of the "twin" and immediate family members, as well as a study guide and a special certificate acknowledging participation in the Twinning Program will be sent to the Bar/Bat Mitzvah child. The Twinning Kit also includes a memoir written by a Holocaust survivor, a personal letter from a Holocaust survivor, a bookmark and a personal link (QR Code) to a virtual Bar/Bat Mitzvah tour of the Holocaust History Museum at Yad Vashem, filmed especially for this project.
The cost of the Twinning Kit is $220. Your kit will arrive within 28 business days of ordering.
To participate in the Twinning Program from home, click here >>>
Upgraded Bar/Bat Mitzvah Twinning Program
This upgraded program will feature all aspects of the standard Twinning Program, with the addition of a virtual Twinning Ceremony via Zoom or a similar digital platform. The ceremony will be led by a Yad Vashem representative, with active family participation, including the lighting of six memorial candles and blessings from the parents and relatives of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah child. The ceremony will be recorded and sent to the family as a keepsake of this special occasion.
This upgraded option is available for a suggested minimum donation of $1,800.
For more information, click here and a member of the International Relations Division will be in touch with you to begin planning your special day.
Bar/Bat Mitzvah Tour at Yad Vashem
Yad Vashem has developed a special tour in the Holocaust History Museum to mark the occasion of a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. The tour focuses on the fate of children and teenagers, and on the challenges that faced the Jewish family during the Holocaust. At the end of the tour the Bar Mitzvah boy or Bat Mitzvah girl receives a special certificate commemorating a boy or girl whose memory they have chosen to remember.
To reserve a Bar/Bat Mitzvah tour at Yad Vashem, click here >>>
If you are a travel agent, click here >>>
For details about the "Shlichei Zikaron" program
(available in Israel only), click here >>>