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Secular Jerusalemites: giving up or hanging on?

June 3, 2011

An important dynamic in Jerusalem is which groups are moving in, which out, and what it all means. Clearly, the secular Jewish parts of the populace feel embattled – more or less. Uri Dromi feels very embattled; Elan Ezrachi sees the dwindling secular community (or communities), but is generally more optimistic about the town and its diverse groups.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Steve permalink
    June 4, 2011 7:41 am

    Sorry to hear you won’t be logging any more. You were the only blogger I read religiously. each and every day.

  2. Nycerbarb permalink
    June 5, 2011 5:23 pm

    Are you looking at how the presence of “vacation” apartment owners is affecting the city? I know so many people here who own property in Jerusalem that they only use a few weeks a year, and sits vacant the rest of the time.


  3. June 5, 2011 10:03 pm

    We moved out of Katamon about 4 years ago. When I first moved into our building, our apartment and the 3 other apartments in our line were all owned by foreigners but rented out to locals. When we moved out, all were empty.
    I speculated then that Katamon would no longer be a place for families with kids. But when we go back for a Shabbat, the parks are full and I understand the schools are full as well. It is possible that families now live in the adjoining neighborhoods but make use of the Katamon infrastructure.
    Katamon is not Haredi. On the other hand, I would guess that it has been more than 10 years since nonreligious Israelis have been moving in.

  4. June 16, 2011 9:57 am


    I was recently at some meeting where a councilman told that according to the water company – who sees which apartments are empty and which not – there are actually fewer than 1000 empty apartments all over the city. I.e, not very many.

    I live in Katamon: it’s vibrant and vital. The large building I live in has seen more religious new residents than secular of late, but it has seen both types. We also had an Arab for a while.

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