In 2017, a list of the most prominent and effective philanthropists on social media was created by Richtopia. Adam Milstein was 187 on that list. This is the second time he has received such an honor. In 2016 the Jerusalem Post listed Milstein as one of the 50 most influential Jewish figures of that year. So who is Adam Milstein, and why is he being recognized for his philanthropic work?
Adam Milstein is a successful real-estate investor and managing partner for Hager Pacific Properties. Over the years, he has been able to use his success for many philanthropic pursuits, chief among them forming Adam and Gila Milstein foundation with his wife. Born in Israel Adam and his wife immigrated to the U.S. in 1981. Milstein received a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California in 1983. Before immigrating, Adam fought in the Yom Kippur war with the Israeli Defense Force, and participated in the crossing of the Suez Canal against the Egyptian Third Army. Despite his success, Adam never forgot his roots, and decided in 2000 to help others connect with their roots as well.
Adam Milstein knows what it is like to be a Israeli immigrant in America, and how easy ones identity can be set adrift amidst the U.S. melting pot. The Adam and Gila Milstein foundation is dedicated to the education and training of young Jewish students, ensuing that they do not lose touch with their heritage. The foundation is dedicated to enriching the relation between the U.S. and Israel, as well as keeping the various Jewish communities in the U.S. connected with the state of Israel. Adam Milstein is also the Chairman of the Israeli-American Council, and works tirelessly to keep the ties between Israel and the U.S. strong. His philanthropic pursuits better the lives of Isreali-American citizens to this day. His foundation continues to shed a positive light no Israel and benefit the state, connecting many to their heritage and keeping that heritage strong.