Tag Archive for Shabbat business

Tel Aviv Municipality drafts legislation to allow groceries open on Shabbat


City Municipality proposes handing out 2-year permits to businesses that ask to be open on Shabbat. Tel Aviv Deputy Mayor Assaf Zamir says, “We will not stop until we know we exhausted all possible avenues to preserve the city’s character as an open, liberal city.”

By Yehuda Shlezinger and Yori Yalon


The Tel Aviv Municipality has introduced a new proposal to allow grocers and supermarkets in Tel Aviv to remain open on Shabbat, after their original bylaw was rejected by Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar in June.

A supermarket in Tel Aviv – Photo: Gideon Marcowicz

“The proposal is part of city’s fundamental stance on preserving the character of Shabbat in the city, providing necessary services to residents as had been done for years.

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Tel Aviv Municipality orders city’s supermarkets closed on Shabbat


Mini-markets & Supermarkets have received official written notices from Tev Aviv’s municipality warning them to remain closed on Saturday or risk fines & possible permanent closure.

Larger chains say they plan to stay open, business as usual.

By Yehuda Shlezinger, Gideon Allon & Hili Yacobi


Chances are, the incoming Shabbat on Friday night will be one Tel Aviv’s supermarket owners will never forget.

A store of the AM:PM chain in Tel Aviv. – Photo: Yehoshua Yosef

The Tel Aviv municipality distributed a advance notice on Wednesday to hundreds of small stores, kiosks, minimarkets and larger chain stores such as AM:PM, Tiv Taam and Super Yuda, warning them not to open their doors this coming Saturday.

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Jerusalem’s Artificial Beach Offends Capital’s Ultra-Orthodox Rabbis


Jewish Ultra-Orthodox residents of Israel’s capital, condemn opening of artificial ‘beach,’ calling it ‘immoral’ and an ‘abomination’.

By i24news


Ultra-Orthodox Jewish (haredi) residents in Jerusalem have condemned the opening of an artificial beach in the city, saying it will lead to immorality and the desecration of the Jewish Sabbath.

The  Largest Artificial Beach of the World - Seagaia Ocean Dome - Photo:  flickr

The Largest Artificial Beach of the World – Seagaia Ocean Dome in Miyazaki, Japan – Photo: flickr

The 2,000 square meter artificial beach, located at the First Train Station complex in Jerusalem, features pools, a surfing simulator and concerts. The concept is intended to give the landlocked city a taste of Tel Aviv beaches during the summer. Continue Reading »

Tel Aviv mayor facilitates grocery stores opening on Shabbat


‘We cannot turn this issue into a religious war… We are all Jews, and Judaism has many faces.’ said Mayor Ron Huldai, who was slammed by a religious councilmen, who called the move ‘a black day for Jews’ while bursting into tears.

By Gilad Morag


A limited number of grocery stores and kiosks would be allowed to operate in Tel Aviv on Saturday and holidays, the city’s municipality approved Monday.

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai – Photo: Dan Keinan

The decision, an amendment to the municipal by-law, still depends on the approval of the Interior Ministry. If passed, it would allow any grocery store that meets the criteria to request permission to open on Saturday. Continue Reading »

Tel Aviv has no plans to enforce Sabbath closure directive

Israel’s High Court deadline on decision – Tel Aviv must either enforce or repeal local Sabbath closure laws.

Decision looms, but so does local elections.

By Ido Efrati



Tel Aviv seems to be in no rush to begin strictly enforcing its own Sabbath closure regulations, and will likely ask for an extension on imposing the bylaw on businesses in the city that remain open between sunset Friday and sunset Saturday.

A branch of AM:PM in Tel Aviv.

The AM:PM chain of convenience stores in Tel Aviv will have to close on Shabbat following Supreme Court ruling. – Photo: Ofer Vaknin

On June 25, in response to a petition by seven Tel Aviv grocers, the High Court of Justice ordered the municipality to decide between fully enforcing the rule or rescinding it. Continue Reading »

Verdict: Supreme Court rules TA to enforce closing businesses on Shabbat

Supreme Court tells Tel Aviv Municipality must ensure AM:PM & Tiv Ta’am supermarket chains are not open on Saturdays, following petition by city’s grocers.


Tel Aviv Municipality says they will find a solution to balance Sabbath rest & city’s freedom.

By Aviel Magnezi



The Supreme Court approved Tuesday an appeal filed by Tel Aviv grocers, and stated that the Tel Aviv Municipality should act more decisively to ensure that the AM:PM and Tiv Ta’am stores do not open on Saturdays.

סניף טיב טעם (צילום: ערן יופי כהן)

Tiv Ta’am – Photo: Eran Yuppy Cohen

The judges ruled that the municipality should consider using other enforcement measures, since imposing fines alone, as done today, fails to achieve the purpose of the law. Continue Reading »

Jerusalem residents protest for right to have movie theater opened on Saturdays

Jerusalem residents & activists rally against a municipality agreement which dictates that currently under construction Cinema City, will be closed on Shabbat.

‘Logic says that we should win,’ one protester says. Jerusalem Deputy mayor says that’s highly unlikely.

By Noam (Dabul) Dvir

Dozens of Jerusalem residents joined a protest at Safra Square on Saturday, calling on the municipality to open a new compound containing restaurants and a movie theater on Saturdays and holidays.

According to the agreement between the Finance Ministry, the property developer and the municipality, the Cinema City compound which is located at Jerusalem’s International Convention Center parking lot and is scheduled to open in the coming months – will work only on weekdays. Continue Reading »

Jerusalem Restaurant Closed Over Shabbat Operations

One of Jerusalem’s most popular cafés maneuvered to shut it’s doors after property owner agrees to renew rental license only if business is closed on the Sabbath.

Noam (Dabul) Dvir


Jerusalem’s Restobar, one of the most popular and well-known cafés among the capital’s secular population, was shut down Monday after eight years of operation.

"הבעלים ביקש לא לפתוח בשבת" (צילום: חיים צח,  "ידיעות אחרונות")

Closed restaurant – Photo: Haim Zach/Yedioth Ahronoth

The business owner said he was forced to close it after the owner of the property housing the restaurant agreed to renew the rental license only if the place introduced a kosher menu and did not open on Shabbat. Continue Reading »