Adam Milstein is the head of the Milstein Family Foundation, President of the Israeli-American Council and a contributor to multiple online news agencies including the Times of Israel. In his latest article preparing for 2018, he said Jewish families need to bring several gifts to their children including pride and courage. He said just as the ancient revolutionaries led by Judas Maccabeus overthrew the Seleucid oppressors, and as several resistance movements fought against Hitler and ultimately the groups that fought in the Jewish War of Independence succeeded, it’s time for future generations to follow. Milstein says the best characteristics about Jews throughout history has been their ability to think in different ways and use ingenuity to defeat their enemies, and he says the strength of their community is that they tend to look out for each other as family and take pride in the strength of Israel. Pride needs to be instilled more than ever to defeat antisemitism.
Adam Milstein has personally fought against some of Israel’s enemies as a former member of the IDF, and a veteran of the 1973 war against Egypt, otherwise known as the Yom Kippur War. He also spent time on construction sites with his father Hillel Milstein, and he earned his bachelor’s degree from the Technion in 1978. Adam Milstein is also married to Gila Milstein and is the father of three daughters who now also have children of their own. His career has primarily been built around real estate investing and he helped start and became Managing Partner of a billion-dollar brokerage firm known as Hager Pacific Properties in Los Angeles.
Adam Milstein believes his greatest calling to be philanthropy and doing his part to strengthen the American and international Jewish communities through different activities not only through his financial gifts, but also through his grassroots involvement. One of the greatest activities he’s sponsored is the “Inspired by Israel” video competition which has contestants from all around the world creating videos that tell a story about what Israel means to them. This competition has received large attention in Israel with even the mayor of Jerusalem commending previous winners. Milstein also started the Hebrew language family story program known as Sifriyat Pijama B’America.