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Frequently Asked Questions

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.
Click here for location map and transport directions.


 

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.


 

Is it required to coordinate the visit in advance?

Small parties of up to 40 people can visit Yardenit without coordinating in advance. We request larger groups to notify us in advance so we can plan to give you and other visitors the best possible service.


 

Is it required to coordinate the visit in advance?

Small parties of up to 40 people can visit Yardenit without coordinating in advance. We request larger groups to notify us in advance so we can plan to give you and other visitors the best possible service.


 

How can I buy products I have seen in the Yardenit shop during my visit, but can not find online?

The Yardenit gift shop holds a wide range of local products from the banks of the River Jordan. Some of these items are also available online at the Yardenit web-store. If you would like to purchase an item that you have seen at the store during your visit but can not find it online, please feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to check on its availability.


 

Where can I get refreshments at Yardenit?

Light refreshments are available at the onsite kiosk, located in the baptismal pool area. A full lunch buffet is served daily (Sunday – Friday) at the newly renovated biblically-themed Manna restaurant.


 

Are there any hotels near Yardenit?

The nearest hotel is Ohalo Manor Hotel, located in a walking distance from Yardenit, right at Kibbutz Kinneret. Also in walking distance, you can find more lodging options can be found at The Jordan Valley Regional Council website.


 

When was the Yardenit baptism site established?

The Yardenit baptismal site was built in 1981 by Kibbutz Kinneret with the help and blessing of the Ministry of Tourism. The site was established to provide a safe place for pilgrims to be baptized on the Jordan River.  Kibbutz Kinneret was founded in 1913 by Eastern European immigrants, making it the second oldest Kibbutz in Israel.

 

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