Adam Milstein was born in Haifa, Israel, 65 years ago, but moved to California, U.S. in 1981. Together with his wife, Gila, they belong to the Israeli-Americans community of close to one million people and a larger Jewish Americans community of close to six million people. Adam Milstein is ranked among the 40 most influential Jews living in the United States. This explains why he successfully lobbied for the formation of the Israeli-American Council, which he heads even today. He is respected for using his position to foster the ties between the State of Israel and the U.S. as well as leading campaigns aimed at bringing together the Israeli-Americans for their common good.
Milstein’s commitment to a united Jewish-American community cannot be overemphasized. In 2000, he collaborated with his wife to establish an organization that has taught the Jewish culture to many American-born Jewish youths as well as encouraging them to keep ties with their countries of origin. The foundation goes by the name Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation. Two years ago, he convinced his fellow prominent Jewish-Americans, Haim Saban, and Sheldon Adelson, to convene a protest summit against the lies and prejudice directed towards the Jewish state in American colleges. The summit, which was held in Las Vegas, was dubbed the Campus Maccabees Summit and was attended by over 50 Jewish organizations.
Involvement in Philanthropy
The Milstein family’s commitment to helping the community is unmatched by any other Jewish family in California and beyond. Through their organization, Gila and Adam have funded and even invested their time in many philanthropic movements. Case in point, they are the main sponsors of Sifriyat Pijama B’America program of issuing Jewish youths with free monthly Hebrew books.
Milstein’s Early Life
The Yom Kippur war of Israel erupted when Milstein was still a young man living in Haifa. During the war, he served in the Israeli Defense Forces. Later on, Milstein joined the Israel Institute of Technology for his undergraduate studies. Milstein earned a B.Sc. degree in Industrial & Business Management in 1979. Upon relocating to California, he did his MBA at the University of Southern California. In 1983, Adam ventured into the real estate business and is still active to date.