Adam Milstein’s foundation is one of the most influential Jewish-American philanthropic organizations. The work they have done has touched many lives and impacted many age groups. The Milstein foundation has three core beliefs that include active philanthropy, path life impact and philanthropic synergy. Adam Milstein doesn’t just want his foundation to be a financial supporter of Jewish organizations, he wants to be actively promoting pro-Israel agendas, educating young people about their Jewish roots and teaching them about customs and traditions, and forging ties between various community leaders and philanthropists. Adam has recently been named to the Jerusalem Post’s Top 50 Most Influential Jews of 2016, an honor that’s included Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
His parents had both lived in Latin America and had decided to move to Israel after it became a recognized nation-state in 1948. Adam and his father both fought in some of Israel’s most notable wars of the early years. His father served in the Israeli navy prior to becoming a building framer, and Adam joined then Commander Ariel Sharon’s division during his mandatory service in the Yom Kippur War.
Adam Milstein pursued a career in real estate after returning home from the war, and enrolled at the Technion, Israeli Institute of Technology where he completed his bachelor’s degree. He also married his sweetheart, Gila Elgrably during this time. Adam’s career began in the real estate and construction business at various properties in Israel, working along with his father. He then relocated to the US where he completed his MBA and became a professional in the Los Angeles area and joined Hager Pacific Properties. Adam and Gila started the foundation in the year 2000, and have also served on the boards of the Israeli-American Council (IAC), Hasbara Fellowships, Stand With Us, Birthright Israel, Hillel International and the American-Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).