“In a place where there are no men, strive to be a man.” Hillel Pirkei Avos, Perek 2 Mishnah 5.

When we made Aliyah 4 years ago, we came with the mindset of “what can we do for Israel” instead of “what can Israel do for us?”
Being a Neve Chabad pioneer instills the idealism of bringing change into the world, whether through spiritual means or physical means. We are always trying to pinpoint what is lacking wherever we are and finding solutions. Being motivators, we set the wheel in motion for positive change. Whether it’s being a tour guide and providing wholesome educational tours for all ages, being a Pilates instructor for frum women, or being a doula to help English speakers in Israel feel more at home in such a life-changing moment, we find our strengths and leverage them to benefit the greater community.

L-R: Michla Lichy and Zehava Arky, HubSheva Co-Founders.

After being here for some time I noticed how difficult and expensive it was to work from home with a small child. Unfortunately, many families are having to choose between focusing on their career or their family life. Work-from home and entrepreneurial parents have to manage young children at home while working, or pay for an expensive daycare solution. That’s when another Neve Chabad Pioneer and I came up with the idea for HubSheva.
HubSheva is a shared community workspace that provides holistic solutions for the working parent, including on-site childcare, classes and lectures, meeting rooms, event space, and a networking community. We provide an opportunity and a solution where parents with an entrepreneurial spirit can still work while being close to their little ones, in a space that is a supportive, energetic work environment – without compromising on their family life.

Setting up the HubSheva offices, with help from our husbands and kids.

Almost done setting up the lobby!

In Israel, the resources to create something new are plentiful, if you seek them out. HubSheva was established in partnership with the social entrepreneurship projects of Eretz Ir, a nonprofit that aims to enrich cities in Israel’s periphery through community and entrepreneurial initiatives. HubSheva is also the recipient of the 2018 Nefesh B’Nefesh Initiative for Zionist Innovation Grant Award, and the only recipient of the award in the Negev. We also received assistance through the Ministry of Absorption’s olim entrepreneurship program.

At an Erez-Ir social entrepreneurs meeting.

Receiving the 2018 Nefesh B’Nefesh Initiative for Zionist Innovation Grant Award.

HubSheva is filling a gap that is benefiting more people than just myself – who are looking for this solution. Wherever you are in the world, if you see something is lacking, be the leader – step up and create the solution!