As drivers cruise swiftly along Jerusalem’s newly-completed Menachem Begin Highway, they can thank Boys Town Jerusalem graduate Yair Singer, director of the complex execution of the project. The revolutionary highway now enables drivers to crisscross the entire capital city, north to south, in just 12 minutes – without one traffic light.
Civil Engineer Yair Singer, who graduated Boys Town in 1998, assumed responsibility in 2011 for executing the massive construction of the Begin South Interchange, the final major stretch of the 10-mile highway.
A top executive of the Jerusalem Moriah Jerusalem Developing Company Ltd., Singer describes his job to oversee the myriad of contracted companies as being akin to “conducting a symphony orchestra.”
Yet beyond guiding the execution of the colossal 1.25 billion dollar project, Yair Singer took pains to deal with the little-known personal side as well. “In the Arab Beit Safafa neighborhood, for example, we made certain to build new lawns for residents affected by the highway’s path, and we’ve now completed building a new park for the neighborhood. At the same time, I was personally involved with installing acoustic protection for walls and windows in the homes of residents of the Jewish Gilo neighborhood adjacent to the interchange.”
This care and concern for the individual, Yair notes, has always been the beacon of his Boys Town Jerusalem alma mater.
“BTJ’s personal attention to each student, which does not exist in other educational institutions, is a concept I’ve taken with me and applied in all aspects of my life.”
Moreover, Yair credits Boys Town’s unique combination of a Jewish and technological education with giving students the ability to think in different directions. “In today’s wide world, it’s crucial to educate our youth both to think and to care. Boys Town Jerusalem opened my horizons to aim and reach as high as I can.”
As such, the 37-year-old BTJ alumnus is quickly gaining altitude. At the gala ceremony marking the opening of the completed Menachem Begin Highway, Yair Singer stood prominently on the dais alongside Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, and Minister of Transport and Road Safety Israel Katz.