Prominent philanthropist Adam Milstein has a calling; his charitable work centers on strengthening the State of Israel and reinforcing the relationship between the United States and Israel. Frequently writing about the need to instill pride in the State of Israel, especially among the younger generation, Milstein believes community involvement and education are the keys to forging a connection to Israel in today’s youth.
Serving as the national chair of the Israeli-American Council (IAC), a group he helped start, Milstein rallies the American Jewish community with youth groups and education about the Jewish state. The IAC coined the term Israeli American to gather former Israeli citizens who have settled in the U.S. permanently and give them a distinct identity.
Also president of the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, Milstein focuses the foundation’s support on educating college students about their Jewish roots and them inspiring them to advocate for the State of Israel on their campuses. The foundation also supports a number of other causes, including Stand By Me, a Los Angeles charity serving cancer patients and Human Rights Voices, a group which publicizes anti-Israel actions by the United Nations.
When the Jewish Telegraph Agency published their list of the 100 Most Influential Jewish Twitterers, Adam Milstein came in at number 21. The list honors individuals with a large number of followers who tweet about and participate in Twitter discussions regarding Jewish issues.
When he is not serving as a leader in the Jewish community, Milstein is a managing partner with Hager Pacific Properties at their San Fernando Valley office, where he oversees the private real estate investment firm’s property management and financing. A Huffington Post article praises Milstein for his persistence in convincing David Hager to become his partner, which ultimately made him a multi-millionaire and allowed him to become a generous philanthropist.
Adam Milstein has worked hard to help Jewish communities and the nation of Israel in spreading awareness of global issues affecting them, and leading efforts to restore various traditions. He’s the founder of the Milstein Foundation which has helped support non-profit groups and charities that Adam and his family are also active in. He’s also the chair of several public affairs groups including the Israeli-American Council, the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee, Birthright Israel, Stand With Us, Jewish Campus Coalition and many others. Adam Milstein’s influence through these groups has been widespread and the Jerusalem Post even listed him at number 39 in their Top 50 Most Influential Jews list. That list includes current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US Senator Chuck Schumer, and Supreme Court Justices Ginsburg and Kagan.
Adam Milstein’s background goes back to the early days when Israel was reestablished as a nation in the mid 20th century. In the late 1940s, Milstein’s parents moved to the new Nation-State from Latin America, and his father briefly served on an Israeli Warship. Adam would follow his father’s footsteps in serving with the Israeli military when he was older, serving in the Army in then Field Commander Ariel Sharon’s division in the Yom Kippur War of 1973. Milstein served about a year during the Egypt invasion, and then returned home where he enrolled in Israel’s Technion Institute of Technology.
Adam Milstein also married Gila Elgrably while attending college, and when he finished his degree he joined his father, who was a building framer and partnered with him on building projects. After several years doing this, Milstein decided to attend grad school at USC, so he relocated to the US and got his MBA from USC. He soon became a real estate professional, joining Hager Pacific Properties where today he is Managing Partner. He started the Milstein Foundation in the year 2000, and this foundation embraces three pillars including active philanthropy, path life impact, and philanthropic synergy.