13 Amazing Bar Mitzvah Gifts from Israel
Reaching Bar Mitzvah is a significant stage in the life a Jewish boy, and it's often the most important milestone and celebration in a Jewish family. We offer a wonderful range of bar mitzvah gifts from Israel to help the young teen in your family mark his entry into Jewish adulthood - and to aid you with your gift shopping, we've picked the top 13 bar mitzvah gifts for your newly-minted 13-year-old below!
We've also got a rundown of some of the best gift ideas, along with the history behind many of these customs, that you can read in our blog.
(Looking for bat mitzvah gifts for girls? Check out our gift guide here!)
1. Traditional Bar Mitzvah Tallit with Blue and Gold Stripes
A very important Jewish gift for a bar mitzvah boy is his first tallit or prayer shawl, a symbolic and meaningful ritual item that he can wear for his bar mitzvah ceremony and for prayer services for the rest of his life. And this classic designer tallit from the Land of Israel will make an unforgettable and long-lasting gift! It's made from pure wool and here it is adorned with traditional blue and gold stripes, along with an intricate gold Jerusalem design along its four corners. It comes from Israel's most renowned and trusted tallit makers, Talitnia, certified kosher by the Israeli Rabbinate so you can rely on quality for the lucky bar mitzvah boy.
2. Pair of Kosher Ashkenazi Tefillin
One of the most significant investments in Jewish ritual items one can make is a pair of tefillin, made of leather and containing tiny scrolls inside with excerpts from the Book of Deuteronomy, which men are commanded to use in morning prayer staring at age 13. For the bar mitzvah boy who's embarking on this important ritual, this top-of-the-line set of tefillin is exactly what you need! It's certified kosher by religious authorities following Ashkenazi custom, and we offer Sephardic ones too. It is beautifully crafted in the Land of Israel from genuine leather. The Torah passages inside are handwritten by an expert scribe and thoroughly checked and proofread. And, it comes with a free kippah and a convenient mirror to help the newly-minted bar mitzvah boy in putting it on.
3. 14K Gold Star of David Mezuzah Pendant Necklace
This stunning gold mezuzah necklace combines some of Judaism's most powerful themes in a stylish and versatile statement piece that'll suit any style and help your lucky gift recipient show off his Jewish pride for years to come. It's shaped like a mezuzah case, traditionally worn as a connection to Jewish identity, and is adorned with Stars of David and a Hebrew letter Shin representing one of God's Divine names. Available in 14K yellow or white gold and crafted right in the Land of Israel, it'll make an unforgettable bar mitzvah gift!
4. Personalized Faux Leather Priestly Blessing Tallit Bag
He's got the tallit and the tefillin, but now he needs... a stylish bag set to protect and carry them to and from synagogue! This remarkable blue tallit and tefillin bag comes from Lion of Judah Studio, and features the Priestly Blessing written out in Hebrew. This elegant and meaningful bar mitzvah gift is also customizable: you can embroider the young man's name on his new tallit bag, to make it feel even more special when he uses it.
5. Sterling Silver Kiddush Cup with Personalized Engraving
Make your child's or grandchild's bar mitzvah truly unforgettable with a personalized sterling silver Kiddush cup that can be engraved with their name, bar mitzvah date, or any other message of your choosing in English or Hebrew. Expertly made from sterling silver, the stemmed cup features a delicately ridged design along its polished finish and an elegantly tiered base, while the interior of the cup is plated with gold. A beautiful matching saucer is also available, and the expert craftsmanship on this set will make it a timeless piece of Judaica that the lucky recipient will treasure for many years to come.
6. Hebrew/English Koren Jerusalem Bible with Thumb Tabs
There's no more classic Jewish gift than a Tanach or Hebrew Bible, and any child marking his bar mitzvah will certainly appreciate this magnificent Bible from renowned Israeli religious publisher Koren Jerusalem. One of the most highly acclaimed Hebrew-English Bibles ever published, it features a modern translation by leading Biblical scholars, an easy-to-read Hebrew font, convenient thumb tabs, and an array of helpful annotations, maps, charts, and illustrations to engage any teen or adult reader. An outstanding gift to last a lifetime!
7. Large 14K Yellow Gold Star of David Pendant Necklace
This elegant and unique pendant necklace from Jerusalem Designer Studio boasts a classic interlocking Star of David design that the bar mitzvah boy will love wearing for years to come. This classic look is a great way to carry his Jewish pride and heritage wherever he goes, and he'll love that it's made in Israel from real 14K gold. Get this stunning piece straight for a truly magnificent bar mitzvah gift that is brimming with Jewish meaning!
8. Handcrafted Sterling Silver Torah Pointer with Filigree Design
Since young men marking their bar mitzvah traditionally read from a Torah scroll in synagogue, the bar mitzvah boy in your family will need a Torah pointer for ease in following along - and this beautifully handcrafted Torah pointer from Shoham Yemenite Art will be the most magnificent accessory to his celebration! It's elegantly made from sterling silver according to traditional methods by Israel's renowned silversmith Shoham Simchi in his Jerusalem-area studio, and features an intricate filigree motif with a polished hand design on one end.
9. Hebrew/English Koren Shalem Siddur
If you're looking for a siddur or Jewish prayer book to help a loved one mark his entry into Jewish adulthood, Koren Jerusalem's masterful "Shalem" siddur is one of the most trusted and easiest to use versions around. Available with a choice of vibrantly colored cover, it has all the standard prayers for weekdays, shabbat, and festivals. This edition is appropriate for any level of familiarity with Jewish prayer, and your teen will love Koren's signature easy-to-read font and layout as well as the modern English translations, helpful instructions, and insightful commentary by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks z"l.
10. Yair Emanuel Tzedakah Box with Jerusalem Design
A must-have gift from prominent Jerusalem-based artist Yair Emanuel is this colorful and stylish anodized aluminum tzedakah box. Turning 13 and becoming bar mitzvah is a great time for a child to start setting aside some of their own money for charity (tzedakah) as this is when the mitzvah of tzedakah starts. This convenient and meaningful tzedakah box will help them do just that, while connecting to Jewish values and the Land of Israel at the same time, with its Old City motif! The box features the Hebrew word Tzedakah and a gorgeous metal cut-out of the Holy City of Jerusalem, and comes in a choice of vibrant colors.
11. Jerusalem Second Temple DIY 3-D Puzzle Kit
Help your young loved one connect to ancient Jewish history and the roots of Jewish tradition with this detailed, DIY model of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Made from recyclable laser-cut wood pieces that easily fit together, this puzzle kit will allow your gift recipient to build and display a historically accurate 3D Temple model, for a magnificent and meaningful historical reproduction. This creative, practical, and educational gift comes in a choice of two different sizes and is sure to wow the lucky bar mitzvah boy!
12. IDF Diving Watch by Adi
Turning 13 is a great time for a more grown-up gift like a high-quality watch, and your bar mitzvah boy is sure to adore this IDF diving watch from famous Israeli watchmakers Adi! Adi Watches are built to last in the toughest conditions and many are worn by soldiers in the Israeli Army. Crafted from stainless steel, this robust watch includes a stopwatch, timer, and alarm, while the hands and dial features are phosphorescent to view in the dark. You will notice that this watch is decorated with an IDF logo in the center, and is water resistant down to 200 meters deep.
13. Judaica WebStore Gift Card
Still stumped as to what to get as a bar mitzvah gift for your loved one? You can never go wrong with a Judaica WebStore online gift card, valid for use anywhere in our store! It's available in any amount of your choosing (minimum $20), and we can also add a personalized message. So give the special young man celebrating his entry into Jewish adulthood the opportunity to pick out his own Judaica, book, piece of Jewish art, jewelry, or any one of our vast array of Israeli-made items.
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