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The slow flowing, pleasantly warm water of the Jordan river is the ideal site to be baptised for those wanting to go through this committing ceremony in Israel, where Jesus spent his whole life and in the same river he got baptised in. The site can accommodate several groups at once and there will usually be available space for the one wanting to make use of the facilities.

 

 

Background Information

 

According to the Gospels the Jordan River was the ultimate baptismal site for Jesus and his followers and this tradition has been practiced by Christians ever since. Many pilgrims have come to Israel especially to be baptised in the Jordan River through the ages and for many modern day visitors being immersed in its water is the highlight of their visit to the Holy Land. The Jordan river has its source in the Sea of Galilee and just in its beginning the Yardenit baptismal site is situated, before the water flows further down the river to eventually end up in the Dead Sea.

 

 

Travelujah Tips

 

The Yardenit baptismal site is well marked along the road between Tiberias city and the Tzemach junction to its east. No entry fees. Very good facilities.

 

 

Nearby Places of Interest

 

Tiberias, the Galilee Boat, the Golan Heights

 

 Hours of Operation

 

Yardenit is open 364 days a year. It is closed on Yom Kippur. From March through November, Sunday through Thursday, Saturday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. From December through February, Sunday through Thursday, Saturday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. On the eve of Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Independence Day, hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 

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