Israel has numerous ancient synagogues, attesting to the presence of Jews in Israel since time immemorial. These are certainly different, interesting and picturesque places to become a Bnai Mitzvah. Just think of the fabulous photos! Be aware though, that these are the remains of synagogues and not complete buildings.
Ancient synagogues are located in many national parks around the country. Services can be held at any of these synagogue ruins. We strongly suggest that you contact a local rabbi to make proper provisions for your Bnai Mitzvah service there. The rabbi will be your local coordinator and contact the Parks Authority for a permit, bring up a Sefer Torah and prayer books, and lead the service.
Please be aware that the park will be open to the general public when your celebration takes place. Seating may be limited and the site may be a hike from the parking lot. Extra seating can be arranged through a contact person if necessary. However, as the weekday services are usually under an hour in length, guests may not mind standing for its duration.
Baraam is the site of two ancient synagogues. One synagogue dates from the 3rd Century CE. The other is called Obadiah’s synagogue, and a part of it is in the Louvre Museum. Legend has it that Queen Esther of Purim fame is buried here. What a great place for a Purim Bat Mitzvah!
Located in the Katzrin Talmudic Village, a reconstructed site from the Byzantine period.