What does the name Yardenit mean?
The Jordan River is called “Yarden” in Hebrew, and “Yardenit” means “little Jordan River”. The nearby Kibbutz Kinneret, which operates the site, is named after the Sea of Galilee, or “Kinneret” in Hebrew. The origin of the name of the Kinneret is attributed to the shape of the sea, which resembles a violin – “Kinor” in Hebrew.
Who visits Yardenit? How many visitors arrive there?
Every year over half a million visitors come to Yardenit to be baptized, rededicate their baptismal vows, or to be part of the world-wide Christian community bearing witness to their fellow Christians, who at this place have followed their Savior through the waters of baptism. This sacred place is a Christian sacrament marked by a ritual use of water immersion admitting the recipient to the Christian community.
Where is the Yardenit baptismal site located?
The Yardenit baptism site is located at the entrance to Kibbutz Kinneret, where the Jordan River flows from the Sea of Galilee. This pristine area is near other holy places like Capernaum, Tabgha, Bethsaida, Kursi and the Mount of Beatitudes. This location reflects the perfect combination of Christian heritage and stunning landscapes of the Holy Land.
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Can I wear my own cloth for the baptism ceremony?
Baptisms are only allowed while wearing the special white robes, which can be rented or purchased on site. Swim suits or other clothing may be worn under the robe. To maintain the spiritual atmosphere and support the conduct of religious ceremonies on site, entry to the water in swim suits or in the nude is strictly forbidden.
What are the costs & fees?
Entry to the site is free and there is no charge for conducting baptismal ceremonies. To sustain a respectable and spiritual atmosphere, we require visitors wear special white robes during their baptism. These may be rented or purchased on site. To cover operating costs, Yardenit charges nominal fees for the use of some of its facilities.
Is there a priest on site?
No. There is no resident priest at Yardenit but a list of local clergy, complete with contact information, can be provided upon request. Please contact us for and we will be happy to provide you with the list.