Swim day is Sat, Dec. 21,and we start at 5am Israel time (for those of you in the States, that's Fri, Dec. 20th at 10pm EST, 7pm PST). Follow our progress live on our SPOT Tracker page here!
About the Sea of Galilee
Located in the Northeast of Israel, the Sea of Galilee is the largest freshwater lake in the country. It is the lowest freshwater lake on Earth. The lake's primary source is the Jordan River, which flows through it from north to south, and it is also fed by several underground springs.
The Old and New Testament are full of references to the Sea of Galilee; much of the ministry of Jesus occurred at its shores and among fishermen near the lake. Its importance to modern Israel cannot be overestimated. It is the source of Israel's National Water Carrier, home to many local fauna and flora, and an important tourism hub.
Beth Gabriel, located on the lakeshore, will hopefully be the setting for a future peace agreement between Israel and Syria some day.About Hadar AviramHadar Aviram
is an Israeli-American open water marathon swimmer from San Francisco, CA. Her previous swims include 18 miles out of the Tampa Bay Marathon Swim, the 11-mile Portland Bridge Swim, the 3*10k Three Seas in Three Days, the 10km USMS Championship in 2012, nine successful Alcatraz crossings and other races around the world.
When out of the water, Hadar is a law professor at UC Hastings, whose recent research focuses on American punishment and incarceration and on the impact of the financial crisis on criminal justice practices, corrections, and the death penalty.About the Swim
Hadar plans to cross the Sea of Galilee on the shortest day of the year, December 21, swimming from Amnon Beach in the north to Tzemach Beach in the south. She will swim under strict English Channel Rules, in a textile suit, cap and goggles, accompanied by a motorboat. Her support crew will include family members and friends from the Israel open water swimming community. Pace swimmers will join in for an hour at a time, as per channel rules. Hadar will be fed every 40 minutes using bottles with strings and will not touch people or craft until successfully reaching the South Shore of the lake. The swim is expected to start before dawn and to last approximately nine hours.About Beth Dror
Beth Dror is a shelter and refuge for israeli LGBT youth who have had to leave home due to their sexual orientation. A dedicated staff of instructors cares for the young people at the center, helping them with education and jobs and providing them with resources to live their lives in dignity and pride.
For more about Beth Dror and the amazing things they do, click here
Hadar hopes to fundraise at least $2000 for Beth Dror, allowing them to provide sports and enrichment opportunities to the young people they serve.