Adam Milstein was born in 1952 in the city of Haifa. At 19, Adam joined the Israeli Defense Forces and fought during 1973 Arab-Israeli War, also called the Yom Kippur War. He marched with General Ariel Sharon in repulsing the invading Egyptian Army and chasing them by across the Suez Canal and back into Egypt. He then started two simultaneous careers. The first was working with his father in real estate construction. While working, he also attended the Israeli Institute of Technology, the Technion, and earned a degree in business economics.
Degree in hand, Adam Milstein moved to the United States to continue his education and to locate greater business opportunities. He emerged from the University of Southern California with a Master of Business Administration degree and eventually became a managing partner of Hager Pacific Properties, a privately owned real estate investment and property management company.
When Milstein informed his teenage daughters that he would prefer they marry Jewish men to keep their Jewish heritage alive, they pointed out that Milstein himself was living a secular life and doing little or nothing to promote his Jewish heritage.
Stung by this, Milstein and his wife Gila founded the Milstein Family Foundation, educating young Jews about their history and their heritage. He was also one of the founders of the Israeli-American Council, working to improve and strengthen the ties between Israel and the United States.
The Milsteins created Sifriyat Pijama B’America, providing Hebrew language books to Jewish families.
Adam Milstein sits on the Board of Directors of StandWithUs and the Israel on Campus Coalition, both organizations offer support to pro-Israel college students.
Other Jewish organizations Milstein supports include the Jewish Funders Network connects Jewish funders together in order to enhance support of Jewish causes and organizations.
The Birthright Israel Foundation raises funds to send young Jewish adults to Israel for 10 days.
Stand by Me offers encouragement and support to Jewish cancer patients.
Because of his philanthropy, the digital publication Richtopia named Adam Milstein one of the world’s 200 most influential do-gooders. Watch here