Born and raised in Israel at a time when the country was still fighting to maintain its borders, Adam Milstein appreciates the importance of hard work and young people’s struggles with identity. The experiences and closely following in his father’s footsteps would see him establish one of the biggest real estate ventures after moving into the United States. They have also taught him the need for giving back to the community and helping young people discover their identity and parent’s roots.
Venturing into real estate
Adam Milstein’s father was a real estate industry expert specializing in construction and development business. He, therefore, picked a skill or two and these proved vital when he moved into the USA in 1981. He would soon venture into commercial real estate as a sales agent before founding the Hager Pacific Properties where he currently serves as the managing partner. In the three decades that the firm has been in operation, it has developed close to 100 properties all across the country that it owns and manages and which are currently valued at over $2 Billion.
Philanthropy and activism
In 2000, Adam Milstein and his wife Gila started the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation (MFF), which supports non-governmental organizations of Israel and Jewish descent. The foundation invests heavily in different programs in the US and Israel. For instance, it has dedicated significant resources towards sponsoring education for Israeli-American students and professionals seeking to identify with their Jewish roots and reconnect with the state of Israel.
Through philanthropy, Adam Milstein is helping champion and tighten the US-Israel political economic and social ties by supporting activist groups that specialize in US-Israel ties. To this end, he co-founded the Israel-American Council (IAC) where he also serves as its chairman. The movement seeks to establish deeper connections between Israeli-Americans and the Jewish Community.
Why champion Jewish identity
Adam Milstein appreciates that less than 70 years ago, the world came together to ensure that the Jewish Community was consolidated and reunited with the creation of the nation of Israel. However, the Jewish identity that brought his people together is quickly eroding, especially among the children of the first- generation Israeli-Americans. Having witnessed his countrymen fight to for the sustainability of the culture and nation, Adam has taken up the mantle to ensure that their sacrifices were not in vain.