As time passes, remembering those who were murdered in the Holocaust becomes increasingly difficult. How can we remember them not only as victims, but as individuals?
We believe that to do so, it is important to understand who they were: people with families, communities, friends, likes and dislikes, goals and aspirations.
We offer a Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah Twinning programme to enrich your child’s coming of age experience by memorialising a victim of the Holocaust who did not have the privilege of such a celebration.
Researchers at Yad Vashem will endeavour to find a victim who has a similar name, birthday, or family connection as the young person who will be celebrating a Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah.
Family members are encouraged to use the Page of Testimony to learn as much as they can about the history of the child who they are commemorating, their family and the community he/she came from as well as learning a little about the victim’s experience during the Holocaust. To facilitate this, we send a study guide together with the Page of Testimony and certificate.
Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah Tours at Yad Vashem
Yad Vashem also offers a Twinning programme. A private guided tour which is tailored to fit your specific requirements and family which take the ages of the children, family history and the interest of the Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah child into account. This tour concludes with a visit to the Hall of Names where the Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah child is introduced to The Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names and is given a certificate acknowledging participation in the program with the details of the Holocaust victim who they have chosen to commemorate. To reserve a tour at Yad Vashem, CLICK HERE