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Despite Snow, Bar Mitzvahs Still Held at Western Wall

Worshippers flock to Jewish holy site despite inclement weather.
By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 12/16/2013, 8:38 PM

Western wall (kotel) with snow
Western wall (kotel) with snow
Courtesy of the Western Wall Rabbi's office

At least 40 Bar Mitzvahs (Jewish coming-of-age ceremonies) were held at the Western Wall over the weekend, despite Jerusalem being blanketed with historic levels of snow, according to a statement from the office of Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz. 

The statement notes that at least 30 of the ceremonies were carried out as part of the Western Wall Heritage Foundation, which organizes Bar Mitzvah ceremonies free of charge. 

Rabbi Rabinowitz also noted that the Jewish holy site saw regular attendance to prayer services despite the bitter cold. Groups of people attended services throughout the chaotic weekend, the statement noted, walking to Jerusalem's Old City by foot through freezing temperatures. 

Public transportation within Jerusalem was down from Thursday until Sunday, as snow piled in the ancient city and road conditions turned dangerous.  

Groups also returned to the site for the popular Western Wall Tunnel tours, which explore the network of walkways underneath the ancient city, as early as Sunday. 

Western Wall under snow Courtesy of the Western Wall Rabbi's office
Western Wall under snow Courtesy of the Western Wall Rabbi's office