Adam Milstein is a person who is usually at work in the background at Jewish-American events, but he’s been building relationships across all kinds of divides between Jews, Israeli immigrants and the nation of Israel. Most of his resources devoted to issues in the Israeli-American community are channeled through the organization he presides over as Chairman; the Israeli-American Council. This organization hosts conferences connecting businessmen with student graduates and clients, has community leaders that come to speak on the issues and has fun activities that take place in cities across the US. Adam Milstein has several goals as Chairman of the IAC.
First, Adam Milstein wants Jewish Americans and Israelis to take pride in their identity. He doesn’t want politics either liberal or conservative to have a front row seat in how people view Israel, but rather he wants people to understand that it isn’t perfect but is the source of Jewish pride. Second, Milstein wants people to understand the heritage and culture behind the identity, and this can come from learning Hebrew, learning stories of Israel’s ancient and modern heroes and even taking young people on trips to Israel to meet the people there. And finally, he believes Israeli-Americans and Jews should think outside the box to solve challenges both in business and philanthropy.
Adam Milstein’s resume is impressive in his professional career in real estate, yet its so much longer when you take into account all the charities he’s been involved in. He was born in Israel and prior to moving to the US, he served in the Israeli Defense Forces during the Yom Kippur War and completed his undergraduate schooling at the Technion Institute of Technology. He completed an MBA at USC and several years later went into real estate investing and brokering. He’s currently a Managing Partner at Hager Pacific Properties which owns some of the US’s top luxurious commercial and residential properties. He started the IAC and the Milstein Family Foundation around the year 2000 and some of the other groups he’s involved in are StandWithUs, Hillel International, Hasbara Fellowships and AIPAC. He’s also a contributor to the HuffPost, Jerusalem Post and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.