Adam Milstein is a real estate investor, Jewish activist, philanthropist and author for several news organizations including the Times of Israel. One of his articles was recently published there on pride and courage and what those mean for Jews living in both Israel and abroad, and one thing he hopes all Jews believe is that Israel should be embraced and supported unconditionally. Milstein has worked with Jewish-Americans of all political backgrounds and he understands political opinions will differ, and he himself doesn’t believe that every action Israel takes is always morally right. But he says that Israel is the source of Jewish identity and unity, and Israel must be strong so that Jewish communities around the world are strong, so that’s why he encourages everyone to show their love and pride in the homeland.
Adam Milstein grew up in Israel and started out in the construction and development industry working with his father. He also served in the Israeli Defense Forces as required for every young man who reaches 18, and a few years into his service he served in the battalion that defeated Egypt in the Yom Kippur War. He studied business and economics at the Technion Institute of Technology in the years after his service, and he decided to go to grad school at USC in 1981. After completing his MBA, Adam Milstein started making money in commercial property sales as a broker, and several years later he and David Hager formed a large investment firm known as Hager Pacific Properties based in Los Angeles.
Adam Milstein always had an interest in keeping Israeli-Americans connected close to home because back when he first moved to the states, most people back in Israel would look down on those who left the homeland. But thanks to support groups that he started through the Milstein Family Foundation, many Israelis have come to recognize the work that expatriated Jews do around the world and consider them now to be an extension of their family. Groups that the Milstein Family Foundation partners with include the Israeli-American Council, AIPAC, Hillel International, StandWithUs, The Israeli-American Education Foundation and Hasbara Fellowships.