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.

69 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Andy Moss
    Jan 29, 2016 @ 00:36:04

    My wife and I would like to volunteer next summer for 1 week. How do we go about doing that please


    • greenej27
      Mar 14, 2017 @ 11:12:56

      If you would like to volunteer for a full week of sifting, rather than the regular 2 hour activity, please email development@tmsifting.org. We rarely take on volunteers for so short a time because training requires at least 4 days, but I can see if we can make it work! It mostly depends which training staff is available that week and whether or not we have a lot of large groups coming that require their attention.

      You are of course always welcome to come and sift for a few hours through our regularly scheduled program. 🙂


  2. H.Shalfi
    May 04, 2016 @ 00:32:30

    The sifting project was one of the highlights of our trip. My husband found a perfect hand-made square nail and we could have continued for hours but it was late in the day. That was last year, 2015, and we’re returning this year with our son, eager to see what else we can discover!


  3. Sandra
    Aug 08, 2016 @ 00:49:50

    Hello, I have clients that would like to participate or witness an archaeological dig while in Jerusalem on Feb. 19. (They are part of a religious pilgrimage and will only have one day available. Would this be possible? Thank you


  4. Arlene Van Brenk
    Sep 26, 2016 @ 14:53:25

    Should we notify ahead or can one just show up? We will be in Jerusalem Jan 13-14 2017.


  5. Wilj
    Oct 13, 2016 @ 21:25:03

    We will be in Israel the first 2 weeks of Nov 2016, the shifting project is an opportunity I would want to participate in please let me know how and where


  6. Sandy Lebowitz
    Oct 14, 2016 @ 14:47:22

    Do I have to register or can I just come? I will be in Jerusalem for 3 weeks in November and would like to participate


    • greenej27
      Oct 14, 2016 @ 16:08:58

      It is best to register so that you can ensure that there is someone who can give the opening lecture and teach you how to sift. You can register the week before though and that should be fine.


  7. Micah May
    Oct 16, 2016 @ 13:46:44

    My family of 6 would like to make reservations for this week (10/22/16), preferably Wednesday. Thank you, Micah May


  8. Micah May
    Oct 16, 2016 @ 14:03:36

    Hi it’s Micah May again, the family of 6. I wrote the dates wrong. We want to make reservations for Wednesday the 19th of October. Late afternoon.


  9. Ronen Tregerman
    Feb 04, 2017 @ 21:36:46

    We are in the process of filming a pilot movie to air in the US about archaeology and would like to know if we can bring a film crew to the site while a session is in place.


  10. shalom rachel
    Apr 24, 2017 @ 23:26:29

    i want to come with some children of me, all over 19 years old, for 3 mounth to israel. ( august )
    i’m very interested on youre project. is there a possibile to doo volunteer?
    thank you for response.


  11. Sharon Wang
    Apr 26, 2017 @ 01:32:21

    I will be in Jerusalem the week of June 12, 2017. I would love to volunteer on the sifting project, as would one of my friends. How do we go about signing up?

    Thank you
    Sharon Wang


  12. Rochelle Steinberg
    May 22, 2017 @ 02:05:09

    We plan to be in Jerusalem on Dec. 25, 2017 with our two grand daughters. We are traveling from the US. We would like to come and experience the sifting on the afternoon of the 25th. This is one activity we all were looking forward to having. Will it be possible? If no, please give me suggestions for a similar experience. Please advise. Your response will be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Rochelle & Jules Steinberg, rjsteinberg@roadrunner.com


  13. Rochelle Steinberg
    May 22, 2017 @ 02:05:59

    I can’t figure out any other way to contact you, which is why you see the post.


  14. Paula Roston
    Jul 11, 2017 @ 18:24:22

    We are coming to Israel March 2018. I have sifted at this project once before and I would like to do it again. Do you think you will have the project up and running again by March 2018?


    • jenn
      Feb 08, 2018 @ 17:48:08

      My apologies Paula, at this point in time, we still don’t have a site for you to sift with us. Enjoy your trip to Israel!


  15. Bobby Sparks
    Feb 02, 2018 @ 01:28:07

    A group of us who are working on a Bible History Museum in Branson, MO are going to be in Jerusalem on a Tabernacle/Temple Tour on March 17th – 21st. Is there any possibility that we could visit the site and maybe be involved?


    • jenn
      Feb 08, 2018 @ 17:51:17

      Hi Bobby, unfortunately we still don’t have a sifting site. Our project is centered around the research lab at the moment. You can contact me at Development@tmsifting.org and maybe we can organize a visit for your group. Your museum looks gorgeous by the way. We’ve been following you on Twitter.


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