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Services & Facilities

Baptismal Pools

The site offers 12 separate baptismal pools, enabling different groups to comfortably conduct private worship ceremonies. Upon arrival on site, please ask one of our representatives to help you find an open baptismal pool. To provide the best level of service at the appropriate facilities, groups of 40 or more are asked to coordinate their arrival in advance.

Baptism in the Jordan River

Baptisms are only allowed while wearing the special white robes, which can be rented or purchased on site. Swim suits must be worn under the robe.
A baptismal kit, which includes the mandatory baptismal robes, a baptismal certificate, a towel and free entrance to the change facility and hot showers, available for rent or purchase at gift shop. The cost is $10 for rent or $25 for the purchase of the baptismal kit.

A DVD of your baptism ceremony will be available for purchase on site as well.

Restrooms and showers

The site provides spacious change facilities with showers, toilets and change rooms for your convenience. All visitors are required to change in the change facilities. Access to them is included with the rent or purchase of a baptismal kit.

Clergy

Should you require a pastor to assist you with the baptism, we at Yardenit can provide you with a list of local clergy upon request prior to your visit. There is no resident pastor on site. Feel free to contact us in advance and we will refer you to a pastor according to your needs and denomination. This service is also free and most pastors do not charge for conducting baptismal ceremonies. We suggest making a small donation directly to the pastor as a courtesy.

Restaurant

The newly renovated biblically-themed Manna restaurant is open at all operating hours of Yardenit, except for Saturdays in which the restaurant is closed in observance of the Jewish Sabbath. The restaurant serves a kosher lunch buffet to individuals and groups. Groups of 40 or more are asked to coordinate their arrival in advance. A full biblical experience feast for groups and events may be reserved in advance.

Gift Shop

Yardenit’s gift shop is the ideal place to cater to your gift needs or to purchase a wide variety of souvenirs from your trip to the holy land. The shop at the baptismal site holds a wide range of local products from the banks of the River Jordan; holy water, stones from the river bed, a range of Christian iconography, religious artifacts, and other souvenirs from Israel.
A selection of these items can be found at our virtual shop, which is updated regularly. If you have seen a product in the gift shop during your visit but cannot find it online, please contact us and we will check on its availability.

The Riverside Promenade

The newly built riverside promenade is beautifully landscaped with indigenous flora to facilitate a contemplative stroll along the Jordan River. The promenade is an ideal location to conduct gatherings in the pastoral atmosphere of the Jordan River.

Handicapped access

A handicapped accessible pool, equipped with an inclinator to allow wheelchair access to the waters, is available on site.

Water quality

Yardenit is located where the Jordan River flows from the sea of Galilee (Kinneret in Hebrew), as it heads South to the Dead Sea. The water is kept pristine for baptism and the quality of the water is of the same high standard as the Sea of Galilee. The water is constantly checked by the Ministry of Health and it is safe to immerse oneself at this location.

Costs & Fees

Entry to the site is free and there is no charge for conducting baptismal ceremonies. In order to sustain a respectable and spiritual atmosphere, we require all visitors wear special white baptismal robes during their baptism. These can be rented or purchased on site. To cover operating costs, there is a nominal charge for the use of a few of Yardenit’s facilities.

The costs and fees are:

• Baptismal kit – rental: $10
includes: a baptismal / re-dedication certificate, white baptismal robes (on loan), a towel (on loan), and entrance to the hot showers & change facility.
• Baptismal kit – purchase: $25
includes: a baptismal / re-dedication certificate, white baptismal robes, a towel (on loan), and entrance to the hot showers & change facility.
• Baptismal / re-dedication certificate only: $2
• Entrance to the hot showers & change facility only: $2

A DVD of your baptism ceremony will be available for purchase on site as well.

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