Jerusalem of Fun: Religious and Secular Residents Reclaim the Streets on Shabbat

A coalition of religious and secular Jerusalemites are planning special cultural events at weekends, during which the introverted and increasingly pious city currently grinds to a halt. For the capital's large ultra-Orthodox community, this may be a bitter pill to swallow.

Twenty-five years have gone by since Jerusalem's great Shabbat wars over opening times for movie theaters. In that fight, secular Jews defeated the religious. Jerusalem could keep a few theaters open Friday nights, and you could find a restaurant or cafe open on Shabbat.