Adam Milstein is a prominent Israeli-American activist who advocates for Jewish people and strong ties between Israel and America. He is also a successful businessman who is the managing partner of his real estate empire, Hagar Pacific Properties. He was born and raised in Israel and is the eldest child in his family. In 1971 he did his mandatory service in the Israel Defense Forces and in 1973 he was involved in the Yom Kippur War. After being released from active service he attended the Technion and graduated in 1978 with a degree in business and economics.
It was in 1981 that Adam Milstein arrived in America, settling with his wife, Gila, in Southern California. He then attended the University of Southern California, earning his MBA. After working in the real estate industry for a few years helping other invest in properties he decided to do so for himself. He founded Hagar Pacific Properties and has been very successful, amassing a fortune of around $150 million.
Adam and Gila Milstein established the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation in 2000. Through this foundation they support Jewish students and other young people understand and connect with their cultural heritage. They are also taught about the State of Israel and the important role this nation plays in their own personal lives. They support many organizations that are active on college campuses across the country such as Stand By Me, Birthright Israel, Hasbara Fellowships, and the Israel on Campus Coalition among others. Additionally, this couple founded the SifriyatPijamaB’America organization which sends a free monthly book, written in Hebrew, to Jewish families living in America.
Adam Milstein is active in the Israeli-American community in other ways as well. He is one of the co-founders of the Israeli-American Council, for example. This organization lobbies for strong ties between the United States federal government and the government of Israel. They also advocate for issues that are important to Israeli-Americans as well. Adam Milstein is the national chairman of this council, a position he recently attained.