Adam Milstein firmly believes that a strong and enduring relationship between the United States and one of its greatest allies, Israel, is a cornerstone of world stability. That’s why he and his wife established the Adam and Gila Milstein Foundation.
This philanthropic organization works to bolster the State of Israel and foster a continued positive relationship with the United States. A primary goal is to nurture the special affinity Jewish American have with the Jewish homeland, and foster Jewish and Israeli identity among today’s youth.
Adam Milstein was born in Haifa in 1952. His family truly has an international flavor. His mother came to Israel from Mexico and his father immigrated from Argentina. Both Eva and Hillel Milstein came to Israel shortly after it became an official state in 1958.
Adam Milstein grew up to serve in the Israeli Military Forces. He fought in the 1973 Yom Kippur War under the leadership of Ariel Sharon. Milstein participated in the crossing of the Suez Canal as Israeli forces drove back the Egyptian Army in one of the most historic battles of modern times.
After military service, Milstein enrolled at the Technion and got his bachelor’s degree in business and economics. This was 1978. Four years earlier he married the love of his life, Gila Elgrably, who was born in Morocco and moved to Israel at age six. The couple immigrated to the United States in 1981 where Adam Milstein earned an MBA from the University of Southern California. His life experiences and educational background served him well as he pursued a career in commercial real estate. Today he is a managing partner with Hager Pacific Properties where he handles the firm’s financing, disposition and accounting.
Success in business has prompted Milstein to give back as much as he can. In addition to his philanthropic foundation, Adam co-founded the Israeli-American Council which is the fastest growing Jewish advocacy groups in America today. The group currently has some 250,000 members. A Jewish newspaper, The Algemeiner, reported that Adam Milstein was named one of “The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life” in 2016.