Jordan River Baptism

| October 17, 2012 | 0 Comments
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Yoav Dothan  Public Domain Preparing for Baptism in the Jordan RIver

Yoav Dothan  Public Domain
Preparing for Baptism


Jordan River baptism is certainly one of the most memorable experiences for Christians in the Holy Land. The most popular place for this purpose is Yardenit (Little Jordan). Here are some great tips on making the most of your spiritual dip at Yardenit.

Yardenit Baptismal

There is no clergy stationed at Yardenit, however you can bring your own clergyman or ask Yardenit to arrange a clergyman for you and your group. There is no cost to the service, however book in advance and a small tip for the clergy is clearly appreciated. Phone: 972-4-675-9111 Fax: 972-4-675-9129 Email:

Bring change to pay for your white baptismal robe, towel and entrance fee,  which is a mandatory $10, and a change of clothes. You should wear clothes in the water, however, since the white robe becomes see-through when it’s wet.  Water shoes or sandals are also recommended, allowing you to enter the water confidently without worrying about an untimely slip and splash.

Jordan River Baptismal Certificate

After you recieve your official baptismal certificate, commemorate the occasion with mementos from the gift shop for yourself, family and friends.  Products for purchase include everything from Dead Sea products and jewelry to Biblical foods.

On this special occasion, take time to reflect on the significance of your experience and for some reflective prayer before, during, and after your Yardenit dip. Most people want to capture the moment on film or vidco.

Jordan River Water

Deror Avi  CC BY 3.0 Yardenit

Deror Avi  CC BY 3.0

Be aware that the Yardenit is a natural body of water, and yes, there are fish in it.  Some people compare the feeling to a fancy Garra rufa spa treatment since the fish nibble away at your feet, removing the dead skin. But with over 500,000 visitors a year, you can rest assured that Jordan River waters are safe and clean for those wishing to be baptized or to reaffirm their prior baptismal commitments. In fact, Yardenit waters are tested frequently by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Water.

Jordan River Baptism: Did You Know?

There’s no entry fee for Yardenit.

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