Adam Milstein is a well-known investor in real estate, a community leader, and a philanthropist. While in Israel, he served in the IDF, including during the Yom Kippur War in 1973. He is an Israeli native who moved to America in 1981, accompanied by his wife and kids. In 1983, he received an MBA from the University of Southern California. He had already obtained a bachelor’s degree in business and economics in Israel in 1978. Adam then joined the commercial real estate business in America. He began as a mere sales agent, but with time, he rose through the ranks to become a managing partner at Hager Pacific Properties, a real estate firm. As a private investment entity, Hager Pacific owns and manages various industrial and commercial real estate properties in Southern California. The firm is involved in acquiring and re-positioning commercial and industrial properties. Adam Milstein is in charge of positioning, financing, and accounting, and is recognized by his peers as a top-notch entrepreneur and business leader.
Adam became a philanthropist after he was inspired by a colleague’s charitable actions. His business partner is the one who introduced him to “ma’aser rishon,” a Jewish practice where an individual gives ten percent of his income to charity. That led to the birth of Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, and another organization he founded with his wife Gila, Sifriyat Pijama B’ America. They founded them both in 2000.
Sifriyat Pijama B’America provides free books in Hebrew each month so that Israeli- and Jewish American families can teach their children Jewish values and the traditional language of the Jewish people. The program has reached more than 15,000 families.
Adam then decided to concentrate his efforts on giving back to his community, the Israeli-American community. In 2007, Adam helped found the Israeli-American Council, which works to strengthen the Israeli-American community, the ties between Jewish and Israeli Americans, and the ties between the U.S. and Israel. The IAC was able to reach to more than 100,000 Israeli Americans by 2014.
He is a board member for a variety of other charitable organizations, including the Jewish Funders Network, the Israel on Campus Coalition, Los Angeles Board of Birthright Israel, Hasbara Fellowships, AIPAC National Council, and AISH Los Angeles, among others. Adam is very involved in the effort to stop the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement. He has written prolifically about the hatred expressed by the movement, which he says is a major threat to the west and Israel. He is also very active on twitter, where he is a thought leader on matters related to Jewish life and Israel.
Adam Milstein provides these philanthropic services with the aim of strengthening the Israel-U.S. relationship, the Jewish people, and the State of Israel. Adam provides over $1 million annually to various programs and organizations through the Milstein Family Foundation. His charitable also work includes the establishment of partnerships between non-profits, guiding non-profit organizations, promoting pro-Israel advocacy, and supporting Jewish education programs. Milstein believes in making his community better and igniting the Jewish pride among young professionals and other individuals.
The foundation supports a broad range of programs, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and non-profits: from ones dedicated to media accuracy, to ones that help young individuals engage in pro-Israel advocacy, fight anti-Semitism, and fight against those who seek to delegitimize Israel. Some of the Milstein Family Foundation’s resources also go to support Jewish education and healthcare organizations.
Adam Milstein has also worked with Haim Saban and Sheldon Adelson in 2015 to establish the Campus Maccabees Summit. All three philanthropists support many Jewish student groups. The event brought together pro-Israel student organizations to train them to fight hate groups that spread lies about the Jewish state—Israel—and antisemitism on college campuses across the United States.
Adam Milstein’s philanthropy is founded upon three distinct pillars. The first is “life-path impact.” Adam believes in establishing programs for each different phase of life—from childhood, to adolescence, to adulthood—in order to develop a deep and lasting connection for the beneficiaries of his philanthropic work. The second pillar is “active philanthropy.” Adam Milstein is famous for his active involvement in his organizations and projects. The Milstein Family Foundation and its staff spend a lot of effort and time to ensure maximum engagement in their partner programs. The last pillar is synergy. Milstein believes in developing synergies among the different partner organizations that the Milstein Family Foundation works with. This means that each program that can be partnered or connected with another program that receives help from the Milstein Family Foundation, so that they can maximize their efforts. The Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation serves as a nexus point to develop synergies between Jewish and pro-Israel organizations. These three pillars have gone a long way in achieving the goals of the Milstein Family Foundation.
Over the years, Adam Milstein has become a role model to many other philanthropists due to his dedication to philanthropic work, his knowledge and experience, and his method of strategizing his philanthropic work. This year, Adam Milstein was listed as number 187 of the top 200 influential philanthropists in the world, according to Richtopia, a London –based publication that partnered with Rise, a social media ranker. And, because of his philanthropic work, Adam Milstein was listed among the top 100 individuals who are influencing the Jewish life positively. He has also proven that he understands issues well and knows how to work with different groups.
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