How to Participate

Our Deepest Apologies

The sifting has stopped…

Unfortunately, the sifting of material from the Temple Mount has been temporarily stopped. We plan to resume the sifting in the near future in a new location, more accessible than Emek Tzurim, which is now operated by the City of David. We have been promised Government funding to help get the new facility up and running – we’ll post updates here when we have more information. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to keep posted.

We apologize to all of you planning to come and sift with us! We will miss you and we hope that you will join us when we are able to restart the sifting in the future.

In the meantime, we are working on procuring the funding necessary to complete and publish the research on the half a million artifacts that have already been found. This will allow us to update or change the methodology used to sift the remaining 30% of the Temple Mount soil as necessary, and in response to our current research. We hope to complete and publish our research over the next five years – and here we still need your help. You can visit www.half-shekel.org to learn more about ways to help and get involved.

Note: The City of David will continue to sift at the sifting site in Emek Tzurim, but the soil will be from other Israeli excavations and is not associated with this project. You can see more information about their activities here. When we will resume the sifting of Temple Mount material, it will be at a different site than Emek Tzurim.

However – Here’s how you CAN participate

Tours of our Research Lab and the Temple Mount…

Though we still don’t yet have the government funding necessary to restart the sifting, you can still help. For our supporters, we are offering tours of our research laboratory where you can see all of our special finds and learn about them from one of our expert archaeologists. Check out our crowdfunding page at www.half-shekel.org . It’s one of the gifts. We also offer group tours of the Temple Mount with either Dr. Gabriel Barkay or Zachi Dvira: experts on the Temple Mount and directors of our project.

These tours are our way of saying thank you to our supporters. For these gifts, the donation collected goes to support our project’s research and the process of resuming the sifting itself. Not only is it a great experience for you and your family, but it is an enormous help to our project. You help us to preserve the heritage of Jerusalem’s past. You help to ensure that facts, reality, and the heritage of all people who are connected to the Temple Mount is protected and published. You help us uncover facts that will hopefully lead to educated discussion about this most important heritage site: The Temple Mount

Want yet another way to  learn about the Temple Mount? We also have a YouTube playlist of Temple Mount tours given by our directors.

Other Ways to Get Involved

Do you want to get involved even if you can’t come and sift with us? Consider donating to help us complete our research of the amazing artifacts found by the Project and to hopefully restart the sifting. Donate Here.

71 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.


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

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


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