How to Participate

Participation in the Temple Mount Sifting Project

Sifting of the Temple Mount soil has moved to a new site: Mitzpeh HaMasuot. Details and travel instructions below.

Information for Visitors

Participation in the Temple Mount Sifting Project involves a two hour program which includes a 30 minute introductory lecture and sifting guidance, and an hour of sifting, followed by a summary in which the guide explains the significance of finds recovered by the group. Each bucket sifted contains artifacts from all historical periods of the Temple Mount.

The sifting work does not require physical exertion and participants are not expected to get dirty, but they may get wet. Site conditions are suitable for all seasons of the year.

Participants should book in advance.

Book Activity

*Online booking only available in advance. For same same-day visits, please call 02-566-5491

  • Opening hours


    Sun-Thurs: 9am - 5pm (last entrance at 3pm)
    Fri: 9am - 1pm (last entrance at 11am)

    Sun-Thurs: 8am - 4pm (last entrance at 2pm)
    Fri: 9am - 1pm (last entrance at 11am)

  • Prices

    *The special introductory deal for the first 4,000 participants has finished!

    The reduced tariff for sifting during weekdays Sun-Thr is:

    • Sunday-Thursday:
    • 35₪ for adults (aged 18 and above). Introductory price 25₪
    • 25₪ for teenagers/children aged 12-17. Introductory price 20₪
    • 15₪ for children aged 7-11. Introductory price 10₪
    • 120₪ for a family ticket (1-2 parents/grandparents + up to 8 teenagers/children). Introductory price 70₪
    • 70₪ for senior citizens.
    • Free entrance for children under age 7.


    • 35₪ for adults (aged 18 and above).
    • 25₪ for teenagers/children aged 12-17.
    • 15₪ for children aged 7-11.
    • 70₪ for senior citizens.
    • 120₪ for a family ticket (1-2 parents/grandparents + up to 8 teenagers/children).
      Free entrance for children under age 7.
  • Location and Directions

    The sifting site is located in Mitzpeh HaMasuot, 14 Martin Buber, Jerusalem (google maps link).

    By public transport:

    The site is a short walking distance from the following bus stops:

    "Bet Sefer leChinuch/Buber, on bus 48א (this is the closest stop to the site)

    "Bet Orot/Lampel", on bus 48

    "Har HaTsofim Tunnel/Martin Buber", on bus 84

    Google maps:


    By car:

    Directions to parking lots in the vicinity of the sifting site:

    Paid parking - in the Hebrew University parking lot, at the end of Binyamin Mazar St. (google maps link / waze link) - to pay you will need the cellopark application on your mobile phone. After parking, cross the street in the direction of the sifting site which is surrounded by a fence of metal poles. A brown sign points to the site.

    Free parking - in Hadassah Lampel St. (google maps link / waze link). Park at the beginning of the street, then return by foot to the start of the street, turn right and right again towards the sifting site entrance. N.B. do not walk in the direction of the Emek Zurim national park.

    Please note - you cannot drive in the reverse direction directly back from the sifting site itself to Hadassah Lampel St.

    Temple Mount Sifting project - map of how to get there

  • Volunteering

    We are happy to accept volunteers, but since we need to invest in training volunteers, we ask potential volunteers to commit to at least fourteen days of work, and to be prepared to carry out work involving physical effort or office work (such as labeling pottery sherds). Volunteers at the site receive three days of training, which enable them to accompany groups and check the sifting results of visitors.

    We do not provide transport or meals for volunteers, who are asked to make their own way to the site and to bring their lunch.

    Please arrange voluntary work in advance, by calling us on +972-2-566-7067 during work hours, or by email: contact@tmsifting.org.

    Volunteers who would like to volunteer at our lab are may apply by sending their resume/CV to: contact@tmsifting.org. We will make contact with you if you meet the necessary requirements.

    We are currently looking for help in the following areas: counting artifacts and data entry, studio photography, graphical editing and programming in ACCESS and SAS.

    Archaeological students interested in helping out voluntarily as research assistants are likewise welcome to send us their resume.

For further information please contact us at: booking@tmsifting.org

89 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Eric Johnson
    Feb 10, 2018 @ 17:06:36

    Any chance the sifting project opens up again by mid-March? Eric


    • templemount
      Feb 16, 2018 @ 10:46:18

      I’m afraid not.


  2. John S Pakan
    Feb 23, 2018 @ 07:16:55

    …by mid April?


    • jenn
      Mar 20, 2018 @ 14:06:10

      We’ve been in the process of applying for government funding for almost a year now. We will not have received the funding and been able to create a facility for sifting the material by mid April or even most likely by the summer.


  3. Tom Billiet
    Mar 20, 2018 @ 09:18:14


    We’re in Jerusalem from april 3-april 8. Are there possibilities to join a group tour of the Temple Mount in that period? Is it OK with kids (6 and 8 years old)?

    Tom and Diane


    • jenn
      Mar 20, 2018 @ 14:03:20

      Hi Tom and Diane, my apologies that I only just saw your message. We don’t run regular tours of the Temple Mount. For sure it would be interesting for children. If you want to do a tour with one of our experts, it is a gift option from our crowdfunding campaign where all the proceeds go to support our research. Here is a link to that particular gift: https://half-shekel.org/fund/?project_id=98&step=1&chosen_reward=2927

      Enjoy your trip to Israel!


  4. Sandra Pulver
    Mar 27, 2018 @ 00:05:51

    Can I leave you with my email to write to me when you start again ?


    My husband and I did the tour about 5 years ago, with Rabbi Romm and Dr Barkay and both were so good.

    I am anxious to have my family experience the excitement we did.

    And we actually found an old coin!!

    Please keep my email address, to get in touch with me when you begin again

    Sandra Pulver


    • Jennifer Greene
      Mar 27, 2018 @ 15:58:36

      Hi Sandra, I’ve added you to our quarterly newsletter list (no spamming I promise). I promise that if we get the funding to resume sifting, we will be letting everyone know on every platform available. You can also like our page on facebook, or follow our blog. Thank you so much for your interest.


  5. greg
    Mar 27, 2018 @ 23:29:47

    i want to help with digging carring bags what ever , pls get me in touch with the person i need to contact , i wana pay my own way , i just wana be part of this history and to help find the old real jerusalem


    • Jennifer Greene
      Apr 01, 2018 @ 10:20:41

      Hi Greg,
      my apologies but we haven’t been able to resume the sifting as we have yet to actually receive the promised funding from the government. If you still want to help our project, you can help us uncover the truth about the history of the Temple Mount by funding our research. You can find out more at http://www.half-shekel.org. For our biggest supporters, we do offer visits to our research lab or the Temple Mount.


  6. Nathan Mishan
    Jun 20, 2018 @ 06:02:20

    Will you open by August?


    • zachi
      Jun 24, 2018 @ 22:54:21

      unfortunately not. It will take some time until we re-establish the sifting.


  7. Audrey M Lupisella
    Aug 24, 2018 @ 22:01:35

    My family and I are in Israel as I study at JUC for the next semester (fall 2018). We would love to participate in any way possible – tours or whatever. Please contact me at my email with information on how we can get involved!


    • דניאל שני
      Sep 05, 2018 @ 09:57:57

      Hi Audrey,
      As noted above, our tour options are somewhat limited at the moment. as for the “whatever” – Dr. Barkay teaches at the JUC, perhaps you two can put your heads together after class and find a way for you to help.


  8. Brooke Lyman
    Nov 24, 2018 @ 07:21:20

    My name is Brooke Lyman and I have been hoping to volunteer for wet Sifting in the months of April and May 2019. Are there plans to resume the Temple Mount Sifting Project sometime this spring so that I can be a part of this Important endeavor? I have pray that you receive enough funds to restart the project!!
    Please advise!

    Thank you!

    Brooke Lyman
    701 E. First Street N.
    Wichita, Kansas 67202
    Phone: 1-316-655-8411


    • יצחק דבירה
      Feb 06, 2019 @ 20:27:00

      Dear Brooke,

      We plan to resume the sifting this coming summer. stay tuned on our websites for more information about this.


  9. Nancy L Turley
    Feb 19, 2019 @ 06:27:56

    Greetings! My husband and I have brought our tour groups to the sifting project on two previous tours. We are brining another group to ISrael this summer (July 2019) and we would love for our guests to experience the sifting project for a few hours. Is this possible??? When do you think you will resume the project?


    • יצחק דבירה
      Feb 19, 2019 @ 10:02:43

      greetings, we plan to do it this Summer. we will publish information about this soon, and our to make group reservations for the sifting.


    • templemount
      Feb 27, 2019 @ 00:24:25

      We will publish new information about the resumption of sifting in the coming month.


    • hava
      Apr 03, 2019 @ 16:51:25

      Hello again Nancy, you’ll be happy to know that we’re reopening the sifting in June. Please contact us on contact@tmsifting.org to reserve a time and date that are good for you. We can accommodate groups of up to 80 at our new site.


  10. David Dunn
    Mar 16, 2019 @ 00:04:10

    Please let me know if you resume sifting this summer. Please! Thank you.


    • hava
      Apr 03, 2019 @ 11:08:10

      We are resuming the sifting on June 2nd, at a new site. You can find more details here:
      You can make a reservation by email: contact@tmsifting.org or by phone: 02-566-7067
      The first 2,000 sifters to book can get a reduced price of 20 shekel for a session.
      Feel free to pass on the information!


  11. Rob Foot
    Mar 30, 2019 @ 06:52:39

    We will be in Israel next March and are very much hoping to be able to participate.


    • hava
      Apr 03, 2019 @ 16:49:23

      We would love to see you! We are taking bookings up to a year in advance. You can contact us on contact@tmsifting.org to reserve a time and date that are good for you.


  12. Brooke Lyman
    Apr 03, 2019 @ 15:52:39

    How long will the Temple Mount Season last and will I be able to join the project at any time during the season?
    Thank you,

    Brooke Lyman


    • hava
      Apr 03, 2019 @ 16:47:15

      Currently we are taking bookings for up to a year in advance. You are very welcome! Please contact us to make a reservation when you know what your plans are: contact@tmsifting.org.


  13. Myra Epstein
    Apr 07, 2019 @ 17:50:57

    I was in attendance at your presentation in the West Hampton Synagogue a few years ago. I came to your office and met with the esteemed directors and saw some of the amazing finds. At that time you were not accepting any volunteers. My friend and I made donations to your project. I am glad to find out that you are going to have volunteers working with you again . I hope to be able to join you either this summer or next fall . I haven’t completed my travel plans as of yet . I am definitely interested in volunteering. Please contact me.


    • hava
      Apr 07, 2019 @ 17:59:14

      Thank you Myra for writing to us! I’ve sent you a message by email. See you later this year 🙂


  14. Gregory Falkovich
    Apr 08, 2019 @ 11:52:30

    Mandatory seven days of volunteer work – do they need to be continuous or can be done during several weeks?


  15. Rabbi Claire Ginsburg Goldstein
    Apr 08, 2019 @ 11:59:51

    I am interested in committing to sifting in late June, probably around June 23rd if you are still taking volunteers. Many thanks. I am looking for ward to hearing from you. Shalom, Rabbi Claire


  16. Dawn Arnett
    Apr 15, 2019 @ 05:23:45

    How long will the site be open for sifting? June 2 thru ?


    • Daniel Shani
      Apr 15, 2019 @ 07:38:35

      As long as enough people sign up that we can afford to keep our doors open – we’ll be sifting for the next few years.


  17. Joel Ackerman
    Apr 15, 2019 @ 14:46:44

    I did some sifting a few years ago and would like to help with some more once you have resumed operations. Perhaps I might be able to help in some other ways. Please add me to your mailing list.


    • Daniel Shani
      Apr 18, 2019 @ 10:12:23

      thanks Joel. You have been subscribed to our newsletter


  18. Jose Lugo
    Jul 18, 2019 @ 23:15:39

    I’ve sent an inquiry for volunteering for a 3 week period

    I did not include any professional experience that may help you qualify our type of work capability

    Should I try to write this again?


  19. Jonathan Kremer
    Jul 21, 2019 @ 12:53:40

    There is one thing that I find very hard to understand. Maybe you can help me with this.
    I totally get the fact that you need volunteers to help with this tedious but important work that needs to be done. You cannot afford to hire people to do all the sifting, and the other hard work that is done outside in the summer heat. I can also understand bringing children, instructing them, and teaching them – and having to charge for that service. All this I can totally understand. What I can’t understand is you wanting adults to come and volunteer, working hard in the heat, and then having to actually PAY for the privilege of doing your work for you. It sounds like something out of the “Tom Sawyer” classic. It just doesn’t sound right. Just saying.


    • יצחק דבירה
      Jul 21, 2019 @ 16:09:38

      Dear Jonathan,

      Thank you raising this questions. First, the sifting participation is not hard work and is not under the sun. you don’t even get dirty. Our staff members do all the hard and dirty work. The visitors do the wet sifting. Second, if we had the funding we wouldn’t have asked for any payment. The sifting works as a tourist attraction site, and still needs further donations to keep afloat. Visitors enjoy themselves very much, and also willing to help in the work and in the funding. Third, we also have a volunteering program which includes also the hard work. in this case we don’t ask for any payment.

      We hope to see you as one of our visitors some day.


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