The Bar Mitzvah Wall in US Independence Park

Love of Israel and the Jewish People passed on from generation to generation

By KKL-JNF
September 6, 2017 10:09
2 minute read.
KKL-JNF

The Bar Mitzvah Wall in US Independence Park. (photo credit: KKL-JNF)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

The excitement on the faces of the Saywitz family from California was obvious to all when they arrived at American Independence Park west of Jerusalem. After all, your child doesn’t celebrate his Bar Mitzvah every day, and doing so in Israel is extra special.

“We’ve already been planning this visit for a year, and I’m very happy for the privilege to be here,” said 13 year-old Ryan Benjamin Saywitz from Newport Beach. “This is my first visit to Israel, and it’s been a pleasant surprise for me,” the young boy added.

The family came for a two-week visit to Israel, during which they toured the entire county from the Golan in the north to Eilat in the south, including celebrating Ryan’s Bar mitzvah at an unforgettable ceremony at the Western Wall. “I feel as if bringing my family to Israel is the greatest accomplishment of my life,” said Michael Saywitz, as tears of emotion clouded his eyes.

Michael serves as the Chairman of the Board of JNF Palm Springs and Desert Region, but he came to Israel in a no less important role as Ryan’s grandfather. “I have visited Israel six times in the past, and each time I had a unique experience. Now I hope to transfer this deep connection to my grandson,” he said.



American Independence Park was established to mark the friendship between the people of Israel and the USA and also as an appreciation site for the friends and supporters of JNF USA. At the site, there are more than 5,000 plaques of appreciation for people, organizations and communities in the USA which support the implementation of many projects throughout Israel.

The Bar Mitzvah Wall at the American Independence Park was established with the aim of commemorating the memory of the 1.5 million Jewish children who were murdered during the Holocaust and were denied the privilege of celebrating their bar or bat mitzvahs. Next to the name of each American child is the name of a Jewish child who was murdered by the Nazis. Ryan unveiled the plaque with his name, and next to it was the name of Laszlo Abend, a Jewish boy from Austria. When they visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, the family researched the past of this boy, who never got to celebrate his bar mitzvah during his short life, and whose name is now commemorated in Israel.

Read more and see photos of the Saywitz event at the Bar Mitzvah Wall

Related Content

Cookie Settings