Highlights of Yardenit
The slow flowing, pleasantly warm water of the Jordan river is the ideal site to be baptized for those wanting to go through this committing ceremony in Israel, where Jesus spent his whole life and in the same river he was baptized in. The site can accommodate several groups at once and there will usually be available space for people wishing to make use of the facilities.
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’s source is the Sea of Galilee. Yardenit baptismal site is situated just at the beginning of the river. The Jordan river flows north to south, eventually arriving at the Dead Sea.
The Yardenit baptismal site is well marked along the road between Tiberias city and the Tzemach junction to its east. The site boasts 12 different baptismal pools, for private worship ceremonies. No entry fees. For baptisms one must wear a special white robe that can be purchased for 25 dollars or rented for 10 dollars on site as well as a swimming suit. Facilities include showers, restrooms and changing rooms. There is also a newly renovated biblical themed restaurant open Sunday-Friday for buffet lunch as well as a gift shop.
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.