California-based businessman and philanthropist Adam Milstein experienced the battlefields of war in the Mideast as a young man, but later in life he encountered a different manner of conflict. The latter is an ongoing cultural struggle in which an entire race of people face the daily challenge of maintaining their identity and place of significance in the world.
Jewish people all over the world understand what it means to embrace the necessity to strive for survival. It’s been the historic plight of the Jewish people for thousands of years. When Adam Milstein came to America from Israel in the early 1980s, he found opportunity and fortune. But he also realized that to retain once “Israeliness” and cultural identity required constant nurturing.
Adam Milstein was born in Haifa, Israel. At age 19 he entered his country’s mandatory service in the Israeli Defense Forces. He was just in time to fight in the 1973 Yom Kippur War. He served under General Ariel Sharon in the Egyptian campaign. After the war, he returned to civilian life and completed his college education at the Technion.
Adam Milstein immigrated to the United States in 1982 to pursue educational and professional opportunities. He earned an MBA at the University of Southern California and launched his career in real estate investment and development. Today he enjoys the status of a successful entrepreneur as a managing partner with Hager Pacific Properties. He oversees the firm’s finances, disposition and accounting.
Milstein was determined early on to leverage his personal success as a way to give back to others. To that end he established the Adam Milstein and Gila Milstein Family Foundation in 2000, a philanthropic agency which provides an array of programs to assist the lives of people of Jewish heritage.
In 2007, Milstein co-founded the Israeli-American Council, and organization dedicated to strengthening the historic ties between the United States and Israel. The IAC also does extensive work with Jewish Americans and Israeli immigrants to this country. The IAC has since become the largest organization of its kind supporting Jewish-American-Israeli citizens. It reports enrollment of more than 250,000 active members today.