Jerusalem New Adventures with Urban Place Opening

Jerusalem New Adventures with Urban Place Opening

For years in Jerusalem, Israel, small business owners and entrepreneurs met in cafes to work on their laptop computers and meet with clients. With the high cost of Jerusalem rentals, businesses just starting up could not manage the expense of office rentals..

jerusalem Israel sharing work space PICO
 
The Jerusalem co-sharing work space PICO opened in the Talpiot neighborhood in 2012.

It was a novelty, a new concept in Jerusalem at the time, and acted as a center of the blossoming business start-up, entrepreneurial, and technology culture.

Talpiot Jerusalem cowork space
In the meantime, other business hubs have been established, including this one also in Talpiot.
Jerusalem Temech Hub for Jewish business women
Since 2013, the Temech Hub on Jaffa Road, is a center for business and entrepreneurial women.
Jerusalem WeWork opening
WeWork Jerusalem King George 20 moved into the renovated building of the old Mashbir Department Store in the center of Jerusalem in October 2018. 
Jerusalem Israel Main bus station at night outside on Jaffa Road
 
Now Urban Place Jerusalem has launched its new co-working space, located on Jaffa Road, on the fourth floor of the Central Bus Station building.
One corner of Urban Place Jeruslaem
After entering the building, a special set of elevators goes to the floor which has been renovated and decorated with inspirational posters and signs.
Office at Urban Place Jerusalem
There are 91 offices of various sizes, and styles,
People in one lounge area in Jerusalem Urban Place
plus multiple lounge spaces, event spaces, meeting rooms,
Jerusalem Urban Place gym
and this exercise room.
Opening event at Jerusalem Urban Place cowork space
Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion joined Urban Place initiators for the opening last week.
Jerusalem Urban Place opening
But you had to come early to get the good food, in only a few minutes all that was left were radishes and some fruit.
Jerusalem Urban Place opening with Hanan Brand speaking
Hanan Brand, one of the founders of Made in Jerusalem, also spoke at the festive evening event, which attracted many curious people from outside Jerusalem.
Jerusalem Urban Place opening
Features of the Urban Place office space include 24/7 access, secured WiFi, socials, coffee, beer and happy hours, and personal AC.  An office in the Central Bus Station has convenience to transportation as a business advantage.  Also the new Navon fast train station is across the street.
Jerusalem Urban Place offices
“Adventure begins at the end of the road you know.”
With these and other new sharing work spaces, stay tuned for new adventures happening on the Jerusalem
Shabbat Shalom

Shabbat Shalom

It’s raining. It’s pouring.

The sun was out for a few seconds today in Jerusalem, Israel.

But it’s been wet and cold for days.

Noah's Ark model on Cinema City roof with animals out

Remember those animals from Noah’s Ark on top of Cinema City?

Noah's ark on Cinema City roof and no animals out in rain

Noah’s animals knew to get out of winter rain.

Students had to be rescued from a school.

People had to be rescued from cars in flooded valley.

So glad weather was warm and sunny earlier in week.

But now it seems like a perfect time to stay inside.

Shabbat Shalom on flowers in vase

שבת שלום

Shabbat shalom from wet and windy Jerusalem, Israel.

 

Jerusalem: Aventures to the Moon and Back to Earth

Jerusalem: Aventures to the Moon and Back to Earth

The Israeli Prime Minister is on his way to Moscow.

The Israeli President hosts visitors from Greece and Cyprus.

The Israeli spacecraft Beresheet is on its seven-week journey to the moon.

Beresheet capsule ready for launch to moon
SpaceIL

The privately-funded Israeli space capsule was launched from Florida.

If successful, Israel will be the fourth country to land on moon.

Mamilla mall art blue man on ball

Back here on earth, in Jerusalem, in Israel, life is a balancing act.

Highway in Israel

On the one hand, new modern roads stretch for miles over former donkey paths and barren sand.

Jerusalem Israel new hostel

New lodgings in Jerusalem are too many to list now.

Near Jerusalem main bus station man sleeping in tunnel pass under street

But on the first really cold night in awhile, this homeless man was sleeping in the underground passageway to the new Navon fast train station and Jerusalem Central Bus Station.

Opening event at Jerusalem Urban Place cowork space

At the same time, on the fourth floor of the bus station, Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion was speaking at the launch of Urban Place, a new co-sharing work space for nearly 100 businesses.

Jerusalem Council Hall at Kikar Safra

Also this week, Lion hosted mayors from around the world at a conference which opened in Kikar Safra, Jerusalem’s City Council Chambers.

Jerusalem Israel construction fence with graffiti

Around Jerusalem, construction fences surround building projects, which descend many stories down into the ground, and are covered with graffiti.

Construction site in Jerusalem Israel

It is always exciting to see when these projects finally reach street level.

Jerusalem street market

Nearby a market on Agrippas Street is busy when weather permits.

Muslim women walking in downtown Jerusalem

But rain or shine people come to the city center to shop.

I was on my way to hear about Arab voting patterns in the upcoming elections.

Israeli elections Arab vote

My only comment on elections, these two men from Abraham Initiatives were well prepared and extremely impressive in their presentation in English.

Elan Carr in Jerusalem Israel speaking at confernce

Also that afternoon, Elan Carr, gave his first major address after being appointed the US Special Envoy for Monitoring and Combating Antisemitism in Jerusalem.

Jewish Agency in Jerusalem

The Jewish Agency Board of Directors also met in Jerusalem this week.

Isaac Herzog speaking about anitsemitism

New head Isaac Herzog also spoke on countering antisemitism.

View near Hansen House in Jerusalem Israel

Meanwhile, a new synagogue building nearby is approaching completion.

When the sun came out after rain, so did the wild flowers in fields of green.

Rechavia view of green and trees Jerusalem Israel

Around Jerusalem, the nature areas are lovely.

Shabbat shalom poster with flowers

But I am not sure these petals will outlast the hard winds blowing up now.

Night view of art work in plaza in Jerusalem Israel across from Mamilla Hotel

At night for the Shaon Horef  I was not sure what this was.

Jerusalem Israel street art piece

The many new street art installations are better appreciated by day.

Art work in Mamilla Mall

Mamilla Mall has some new out-of-the-box, out of this world, art on display.

Mamilla Mall art work with figure reading

At least the sculpture figures are still reading books.

Jerusalem art work on Mamilla Mall at night young woman sitting on art piece

Real people seem to interact more with their phones these days.

The world, politics, and weather seem so uncertain one minute to next.

Jerusalem Israel view toward Jordan from a city office building

But, on a clear day from Jerusalem, you can see still Jordan not so far away.

Urban Place in Jerusalem where adventure begins..

I liked this poster at the end of hall of offices at Urban Place.

“Adventure begins at the end of the road you know.”

Beresheet may or not get to the moon.

But it is still a wonder.

With all the problems, from near and far, amazing what tiny Israel has been able accomplish.

Elan Carr gave such a powerful speech, I thought I would share a few minutes of it.

And to end on a high note, these young Israeli dancers with so much energy are hope for good things in the adventures ahead.

Hard to believe, but much more was happening on the Jerusalem streets this week.