Adam Milstein is an Israeli-American who believes the heritage and culture of Israel and its place in the world can bring together various communities of Jews and Israelis scattered across the globe, and through education and activism he’s helped promote this view. His main channel for philanthropy has come through the Israeli-American Council where he presides as Chairman, and through the Milstein Family Foundation which supports hundreds of organizations and also has a Hebrew learning program through SifriyatPijamaB’America which instructs families with young children. The Israeli-American Council hosts conferences every year that have sessions on political and social topics surrounding Israel and America, and Adam Milstein is always pleased with the young people that turn out and show their pride in the nation. To him, the identity and love for Israel as well as the ability to venture outside the normal box is what can tie Israelis and Jewish Americans together despite some ideological differences.
Adam Milstein has such a deep love for Israel because it truly has been his home alongside the US and he has served it as a veteran. In fact, both Adam and his father are veterans with the older Milstein having fought in the initial independence war of 1948, and Adam in the IDF during the Yom Kippur War. Adam Milstein’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from the Technion Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel and a master’s from the University of Southern California. Along with a background in building framing and construction, Milstein is a real estate investor and Managing Partner for Hager Pacific Properties which owns millions of dollars in commercial and residential properties across California, Texas and Illinois.
Adam Milstein is married to Gila Milstein and has three daughters who also now have children of their own. They have all worked together to build philanthropic ties with other leaders across the US through the Milstein Family Foundation and its alliances. One of their biggest target groups has been college students who they have led campus coalitions with to combat antisemitism and to sponsor trips to Israel to help them get in touch with their heritage and identity. In a list compiled by the Jerusalem Post in 2016, Adam Milstein ranked #39 in the world’s most influential Jews.