Why Adam Milstein Started SSI For Jewish Students

Adam Milstein is the managing partner at Hager Pacific Properties. He arrived in the United States in 1981, after serving in the Israeli Defense Forces and studying at the Technion. Adam Milstein graduated from the University of Southern California and went into real estate. He later became the managing partner of Hager Pacific Properties.

His wife Gila came to the United States when she was six years old. She and Adam both started the Adam and Gila Milstein Foundation. They both serve on the board of various organizations, such as Stand With Us.

Their goal is to help Jewish youth. They also support pro-Israel advocacy. Adam and Gila Milstein donate a lot of money to other organizations too. They are known as activists and philanthropists. AdamMilstein also focuses on combating antisemitism on college campuses. He realized that there was a lack of sufficient coordination between pro-Israel groups. Anti Israel groups, such as Students for Justice in Palestine, were organizing events such as Apartheid Week to demonize Israel. They were also intimidating Jewish students, as well as students who supported Israel in general.

The problem was that they had a lot of funding and support from outside groups. There were professional agitators who were paid to stay on campus and spread an anti-Israel message. Adam Milstein realized that the pro-Israel community needed that too.

There are many people who support Israel, but there was no central group to help mobilize students who supported Israel on college campuses. That is why he started Students Supporting Israel. This group started at Minnesota State University. Eventually, ten percent of the student board was made up of students who supported Israel, which eventually led to them passing a pro-Israel resolution.

When SJP did their Apartheid Week and set up an apartheid wall, SSI did Hebrew Liberation Week and set up their own wall. SSI started spreading to other campuses as well, thanks to the support of Adam Milstein. Jewish students finally had a voice and were able to mobilize to support Israel.