Two graduates of Mae Boyar High School and Residence have received important Israeli government appointments in the past few weeks.
Edith Bar, director of the Development Administration at the Ministry of Interior for the past two years, has been appointed Chairman of the Vatmal, a key committee responsible for coordinating housing and municipal development with local governments.
A 1999 graduate of Boyar, Edith has held a number of positions in public service in the areas of planning and local government, including about 5 years as Deputy Director of Budgets and Human Capital, Establishment and Construction, as Chief of Staff to the Director General of the Ministry of the Interior and as Director of the Business Mentoring Unit in the Ministry of Economy.
Edith is a graduate of the first cycle of the “Futures for the Public Sector” outstanding program, and a graduate of the “Maoz” leadership program. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and political science, and a master’s degree in business administration, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
“Edith Bar is an example of a public servant who has a comprehensive vision in the field of local government economics and municipal development,” said Interior Minister Aryeh Deri. “In an age where there is great uncertainty in the housing market and in general, her appointment is an anchor and stability. Edith will be able to advance the Vatmal into a new and more correct era, which combines the needs of national planning with the needs of local government.”
Esther Elias, a 2002 graduate of Boyar, assumed the important role of Head of the Economic and Trade Mission (the Commercial Attache) to Berlin at the Embassy of Israel in Berlin, Germany in July.
“After 4 and a half years of diverse and challenging positions in the Foreign Trade Administration and the Ministry of Economy and Industry,” Esther recalled, “I came (to Berlin) with a lot of energy, curiosity and motivation to help Israeli industry succeed in the German market, a market with huge potential in normal times and times of crisis.”
Esther joined the Foreign Trade Administration after earning a Bachelor of Laws degree from the College of Management Academic Studies in Rishon LeZion and a Masters of Arts in Political Science from Tel Aviv University.
“Moving to another country during the Corona period is full of challenges:, on the personal aspect, “Esther explains,” moving to a new country, a new city, with a new culture, finding a home, discovering local habits, all this and more as the city and its people try to discover the new routine imposed on us all, and wearing a mask :).
“At the same time,” she says, “the professional aspect also presents challenges: How do you create new relationships? How do you cultivate existing ones? When will we have physical meetings again and what will we do until then? And how do we preserve innovation and interest in the virtual format imposed on us?
“I came to the position,” Esther concludes, “with the goal of overcoming all the challenges while promoting and helping the Israeli industry in Germany as much as possible.”