Israeli teenagers are being invited to dive into Jerusalem’s ancient history from September...

when secondary school students and those preparing for Israel Defence Forces (IDF) service get involved in a new programme.

More than 35,000 young participants will take part in two City of David projects, supported by Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG), which will help them explore their Jewish-Israeli identity, in part through archaeology.

‘Digging for Identity’ is a four-day programme for Israeli 10th grade students who will help out on digs, take part in tours and hikes, meet celebrities and participate in group building activities. Many will take part in IDF preparation programmes.

A GPG representative said the City of David had “a unique atmosphere where biblical history is recorded in stone”, adding: “This should be very conducive to our mutual goals – to help students and young Israelis develop an understanding of Jewish culture, heritage and values as a gateway to a deeper exploration of their personal and national identity.”