Bar Mitzvah Twinning

Forging a lifelong bond.

For a Zion boy, coming from a disadvantaged family background, there's a risk that his Bar Mitzvah celebration could feel second-rate.

That is why we strive to provide an extraordinary experience that includes the participation of chief rabbis, popular singers, and jugglers.

At this major milestone, when he becomes a full-fledged member of the Jewish community, it is crucial that the boy views himself as ready and able to contribute positively to the Jewish future.

This a great way to add an extra dimension to your child's Bar Mitzvah and learn about tzedakah – caring for the less fortunate. Through our acclaimed Twinning Program, your child is matched with a Zion boy. Together they forge an unforgettable bond between two identities and creating a bridge between Israel and the Diaspora.

boys have adopted this sponsorship as a Bar Mitzvah project – encouraging friends and family to join in this great merit.

And who knows – your "Zion twin" may follow in the footsteps of other Zion alumni now successful professionals, educators, businessmen, mayors and members of Knesset.

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Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, the foremost authority on Jewish law today, is an avid supporter of Zion Orphanage. Here he greets Zion boys at his home in Bnei Brak, Israel.

The popular Jewish singer, Yaakov Shwekey (R), appears at a Zion Orphanage event with Yechezkel Tzion (L), the world-renowned cantor who spent his formative years at Zion Orphanage.

Moshe Abutbul entered Zion Orphanage at age 9. He cites "lessons learned growing up in Zion Orphanage" as integral to his success as Mayor of Beit Shemesh, Israel's 15th-largest city.

Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv zt"l was the leader of Torah Jewry until his death in 2012 and a supporter of Zion orphanage. Here he greets Zion boys at his home in Jerusalem.

The current Chief Rabbis of Israel, Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef (L) and Rabbi David Lau (C), join a Zion boy's Bar Mitzvah celebration at the orphanage.

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef zt"l, the most important Sefardi rabbi of the 20th century, held a special place in his heart for Zion Orphanage. Here he greets Zion boys at his home in Jerusalem.

David Azulay, Israeli Minister of Religious Affairs, spent 7 years living at Zion Orphanage in Jerusalem, which he credits for instilling his core values and work ethic.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (R) tours the Zion Orphanage campus with CEO Rabbi Baruch Rakovsky.

Donate now to provide a warm and loving home in Jerusalem.