There’s some things unique to the nation of Israel not well-known that philanthropist Adam Milstein has documented over the years. One was an unwritten but very much felt shunning of Israelis who had left the homeland for an extended period of time and tried to return. These same Israelis if they came to America also had trouble assimilating into the Jewish community there if they didn’t make a lot of money. When Adam Milstein started getting serious about philanthropy and Jewish activism some years ago, bringing the Israeli-American voices back into the picture and reconnecting them with their homeland became part of the program. As an event organizer and a journalist who writes for Israeli news outlets, Milstein has helped people in both Jewish America and Israel understand the contributions of Israeli citizens abroad.
Adam Milstein has deep loyalty to Israel and he was born there just four years after it declared its independence from Arab rule. He also served four years in the defense forces during which he fought in Ariel Sharon’s unit in the Yom Kippur War. He would get his bachelor’s degree from the Technion Institute of Technology of Israel and his master’s from the University of Southern California, and he’s made a big career in real estate as one of three managing partners at Hager Pacific Properties. Philanthropy became part of his daily routine at the company, but he and his wife Gila have been deeply sincere about it, and they not only support their organizations financially but also get personally involved in the activities.
The two main organizations that Adam Milstein runs stemming from his own family foundation are the Israeli-American Council and AIPAC. Many of the other organizations are college-based Jewish think tanks including Birthright Israel which actually takes students to Israel during the summer to give them a chance to meet people there both for business and personal reasons, and to give them a better understanding of what the country is like. Milstein has been on both sides of the aisle and wants his activism to not be politically motivated, so he’s had ties both to liberal donor and billionaire Haim Saban while also having Sheldon Adelson, a longtime Republican and current President Trump supporter as a friend of the IAC. Via twitter