Nir Crystal – Curriculum Vitae

Nir Crystal – Curriculum Vitae

Born in Israel in 1971, married +3

Work experience:

VP Sales and marketing at Tzamal Bio-pharma Ltd.
VP Marketing at Herzliya Medical Center
Head of Marketing of medical insurance at Clalit Health Services
Marketing and Customer Support Manager of Dan Region and Petach Tikva at Clalit Health Services

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Academic education :

  • College of Management – MBA specializing in Marketing Management, graduated cum laude.
  • College of Management – BA specializing in Marketing Management and Human Resources Management, graduated cum laude.

Additional courses:

  • Training of Directors, The Israeli Center of Management (“HaMil”)
  • Course for Empowering Electives in the Local Sphere, The Local Government Institute of the Tel Aviv University and Berl Katzanelson Fund
  • Mediation Training, The ADR Center of Mediation in partnership with Clalit
  • Communications, Spokesmanship and Public Relations, Bar-Ilan University in partnership with Clalit

Languages: Hebrew, English, French. Fluent in all, including reading and writing.

Army service:

Captain in Military Reserves – Head of Human Resources Planning in the Teleprocessing Corps

Voluntary work for the benefit of the community:

From November 2013 – member of the Ra’anana City Council

Serves as a member of 9 City Council committees:

  • Chairman of the (i) Wellness Committee and the (ii) Adoption Committee.
  • Member of the (i) Education Committee, (iv) Sub Committee of Planning and Building, (ii) City Tax Discounts Committee, (iii) Support Committee, (iv) Security Committee, (v) Committee for advancing the children’s status and (xi) Road safety Committee.

    Initiated and stands at the head of the Ra’anana Parents’ Patrol that handles the security and safety of the youth in Ra’anana with an emphasis on discouraging the use of alcohol and smoking and the enhancement of safety for bicycle riders.

Projects for the benefit of the residents of Ra'anana:

  • Improvement of the local postal services
  • Handling traffic issues and erecting a traffic light on the Ben-Gurion / 531 interchange
  • Protest against moving the Herzliya airport to the north of Lev HaPark and Kiriat Sharet
    Protest against the sewage levy, saving the Ra’anana residents ILS 12.5 million
  • Initiating the filming and streaming of the council meetings
  • Working for adding and improving bicycle trails
  • Working with the units of the civil defense of Ra’anana
  • Educational projects for youth to discourage consumption of alcohol and smoking and promote safer bicycle riding
  • Signing up 15,000 people in support of raising the government subsidies for the disabled
  • Projects for the welfare of holocaust survivors and the elderly

Public action

Public action

Nir has been actively volunteering for the Raanana residents for many years

Parents' Patrol in Ra'anana

The Parents’ Patrol was established in 2008 by Nir Crystal and Tami Peled-Hayun at the request of the Mayor in office.  The Patrol operates as a special unit in the Civil Guard Unit of the Israeli Police and is considered the best in Israel. Crystal served as the Patrol leader until the end of July 2018, when he was obliged to cease his activities on becoming a candidate in the  Mayoral elections.  This is in accordance with Police protocol. The Patrol operates on weekends and school and public holidays, helping to reduce unruly and dangerous behavior such as excess alcohol, smoking, violence and more. At the same time, many complementary activities have been carried out on these subjects.  Over the years, the Patrol volunteers have been able to save lives many times.

The postal services revolution in the city

In 2014, the average queueing time in Ra’anana to pick up mail was 40 minutes. The Opsterland branch was too small to accommodate the crowds, who often had to queue outside the branch in all weathers. I initiated a petition to improve the service, which was signed by hundreds of residents and which I presented to the Knesset.  I also meet with representatives of the Israel Postal Company resulting in a revolution in the postal service in Raanana.

The average waiting time is now only 9 minutes. In addition to the post offices, eight more businesses were selected to distribute packages to residents. The opening hours have been expanded, you can order a courier to your house and of course schedule an appointment on the Internet to co-ordinate pick up.  Today many postal services in Ra’anana are on a par with those around the country.

The traffic light at the Ben-Gurion interchange and Highway 531

Even before Route 531 connected to Highway 4 South, hundreds of cars drove on Ben Gurion Bridge from Highway 531 from the east, turned left on the bridge and went back to 531, this time from west to east. On July 14, 2007, an accident occurred with irreversible damage to the vehicle. This was the the third one I attended as a Civil Guard volunteer. In light of my experience and as head of the Volunteer Unit of the Tel Aviv Fire Department, I understood there was a pattern of repeated accidents here. To my delight, I managed to prove this to Netivei Israel, after countless petitions and endeavors.  They took the subject very seriously and on July 19, 2018, a traffic light was installed saving lives every day.

Struggle against Storm Drain Levy in 2015

In 2015 it was decided to impose on Ra’anana residents a storm drain levy. The City Treasurer explained to the city Council that the Municipality expects to collect more than NIS 40 million from its residents for this levy. No viable financial calculations were presented to the members of the Council, and from the outset it was clear to me that the amount was excessive (in the end, bills were sent for NIS 50 million). I contested this with the help of Haim Broide, which included a signed petition, demonstrations and more. Fortunately, there was also a class action filed against the Municipality. After lengthy negotiations with the Treasurer of the Municipality and legal advice, the Mayor decided to waive 25% of the fee (NIS 12,500,000).  An average saving of NIS 640 per family.

Broadcasting Council meetings - a revolution in awareness

In February 2014, a few months after my appointment as a Council member, I submitted a proposal to film and broadcast the Council meetings. In my view, open and active reporting to the public are the basic duty of every elected official and I am standing for election to serve the public. The Mayor at that time, Zeev Bielski, proposed appointing a committee to examine the matter, but in practice nothing happened !! Again I put forward a proposal in 2015 and it was rejected by a majority vote. Again I repeated this in 2017 and again the coalition dropped the proposal. At the first council meeting headed by Eitan Ginzburg, in March 2018, I again raised my proposal.  It was clear to me that this was a good strategy.  After all, who will oppose a vital proposal for the good of the residents during an election year? This time, to avoid an embarrassing loss to me as a member of the opposition in an election year on this issue, the temporary mayor (who previously voted against the proposal) announced that there was no need to hold a vote and that the Council meetings would now be broadcasted. That is how a democratic regime should be. Open and accessible to the public. This is my way and this is just the beginning of the revolution that I plan for Raanana.

Opposition to the relocation of the Herzliya airport to an area north of Ra'anana

For years there has been talk about moving Herzliya Airport from its present location, one of the alternatives being in the Sharon area to the site northwest of Ra’anana’s “garbage mountain”.  We are talking about  a total of 120,000 departures and landings a year, approximately 330 departures and landings per day, Ra’anana’s quality of life would be seriously threatened in neighborhoods such as Neve Zemer, Kiryat Sharet, Lev Hapark and Neot Uzi. To this end, as Ra’anana’s representative I joined the regional headquarters, fighting to end this proposal, led by the Regional Council of Hof Hasharon, headed by Mr. Eli Bracha together with representatives of many of the nearby communities such as Batzra and Bnei Zion. We signed a petition, held a large demonstration and held many meetings, and in the past few days we were informed that this plan has been dropped from the agenda regarding our region.

Activities for Holocaust survivors, lone soldiers, the elderly and more.

The finest of all the projects in which I have taken part in recent years for the elderly, Holocaust survivors and soldiers, is the collaboration  between the Holocaust survivors and cadets of the officers’ course at Training Base 7. Let’s go back to the beginning –  A few years ago, at the end of the Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony, I approached one of the survivors of the Holocaust and thanked her for sharing her story with the audience. “To be a free people in our country – that is the whole story” she replied and tuned to go home. I was not able to get that sentence out of my head.  It led me to initiate a project of shared experiences between the cadets of the officers’ course at Training Base 7, the unit that Ra’anana adopted, and the Holocaust survivors. Together with the Department of Social Services and the Command at Training Base 7, we held several joint events: Hanukkah candle lighting and individual meetings of cadets with survivors in their homes in Raanana. But the highlight was the participation of Holocaust survivors in the graduation ceremony of the officers’ training course at the 7th Training Base in the Negev, in the presence of the IDF’s Chief Communications Officer and Chief of Staff.  During the visit, they planted the “Raanana Garden”, which we donated to Raanana as the adoptive city. Seven olive trees were planted in the garden in honor of the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel and 70 for the Signal Corps and the Base # 7. During the visit, Holocaust survivors also visited the Yad Vashem special training room at the Base.  Excitement was at its height at the end during the final parade. Miriam, a Holocaust survivor who sat next to me, was so moved when the squad of flag-bearers passed us, followed by the IDF orchestra, she exclaimed “Now I want to say – Damn  them” (the Nazis of course).  And all I had to say to her was … “For that reason, I wanted to bring you here.” I felt that I had come full circle by giving  our dear Holocaust survivors the enjoyable experience of “being a free people in our country” together with the new officers.

Bicycles

The finest of all the projects in which I have taken part in recent years for the elderly, Holocaust survivors and soldiers, is the collaboration  between the Holocaust survivors and cadets of the officers’ course at Training Base 7. Let’s go back to the beginning –  A few years ago, at the end of the Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony, I approached one of the survivors of the Holocaust and thanked her for sharing her story with the audience. “To be a free people in our country – that is the whole story” she replied and tuned to go home. I was not able to get that sentence out of my head.  It led me to initiate a project of shared experiences between the cadets of the officers’ course at Training Base 7, the unit that Ra’anana adopted, and the Holocaust survivors. Together with the Department of Social Services and the Command at Training Base 7, we held several joint events: Hanukkah candle lighting and individual meetings of cadets with survivors in their homes in Raanana. But the highlight was the participation of Holocaust survivors in the graduation ceremony of the officers’ training course at the 7th Training Base in the Negev, in the presence of the IDF’s Chief Communications Officer and Chief of Staff.  During the visit, they planted the “Raanana Garden”, which we donated to Raanana as the adoptive city. Seven olive trees were planted in the garden in honor of the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel and 70 for the Signal Corps and the Base # 7. During the visit, Holocaust survivors also visited the Yad Vashem special training room at the Base.  Excitement was at its height at the end during the final parade. Miriam, a Holocaust survivor who sat next to me, was so moved when the squad of flag-bearers passed us, followed by the IDF orchestra, she exclaimed “Now I want to say – Damn  them” (the Nazis of course).  And all I had to say to her was … “For that reason, I wanted to bring you here.” I felt that I had come full circle by giving  our dear Holocaust survivors the enjoyable experience of “being a free people in our country” together with the new officers.

The municipal budget

Having 18 years of experience in senior managerial positions in the private and public sectors, I am well versed in municipal budgeting.  It was this economic background that led me to initiate the struggle against the storm drain levy that saved us all 12.5 million shekels (see above) and to reduce a loan that the municipality took three years ago without presenting sources for repayment, that was due to be completed only in 2020. As a member of the opposition during my current term, I made sure to point out discrepancies in the management of the municipal budget and also to offer alternatives and better economic management for Raanana, to the best of my professional understandingOne example: For about 8 years, there has been a plan for paving bicycle routes in the city.  As of now not even 25% have been paved. With better planning of the budget from different sources, we could have completed the paving of safe bicycle routes throughout the city a few years ago, thereby preventing accidents and injury. This is one example of a project that I plan to implement within 3 years.

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