Adam Milstein

Adam Milstein is an Israeli real estate investor and philanthropist, and a managing partner1 of Hager Pacific Properties.2 In 2000, Milstein and his wife Gila founded the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation.

Early life

Milstein was born in Haifa, Israel, the son of Eva (née Temkin), a homemaker, and Hillel Milshtein, a real estate developer. His mother immigrated to Israel from Mexico in 1949, at the age of 18; his father immigrated to Israel from Argentina when the State of Israel was founded in 1948, at the age of 19), and took part in Israel’s independence war as a combat sailor. The Milsteins were married in Haifa in 1950; the family moved from Haifa to Kiryat Yam and then to Kiryat Motzkin where Adam spent his early years.

In 1971, Milstein joined the Israeli Defense Forces for his mandatory service and served during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. He then enrolled in the Technion, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in business and economics in 1978.3 During his higher education years, he joined his father in expanding their real estate construction and development business.

In 1974, Milstein married Gila Elgrably in Haifa. Merav, their first daughter was born in 1976 and Lyron, their second daughter, was born in 1980. In 1981, the family moved to the United States. In 1983, Milstein received a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Southern California.4 He then started working in commercial real estate as a sales agent.5

Career

Milstein is a managing partner6 of Hager Pacific Properties, overseeing the firm’s financing, disposition and accounting. The firm specializes in acquiring, rehabilitating and repositioning industrial, retail, office and multi-family properties.7

Philanthropy

In 2000, Milstein and his wife Gila founded the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation (MFF). The organization sponsors education of students and young professionals to identify with their Jewish roots, connect with the State of Israel, ignite their Jewish pride, and provide them with facts and the knowledge to advocate for the State of Israel and the Jewish people.8

Milstein is a co-founder of the Israeli-American Council,9 10 11 the fastest-growing Jewish organization in America,12 13 and was recently named National Chairman of this group.14 15 16

Milstein also sits on the boards of StandWithUs, Israel on Campus Coalition, Hasbara Fellowships, Jewish Funders Network, Birthright Israel, Stand By Me and American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) National Council.17 Adam Milstein and his wife Gila are co-founders of Sifriyat Pijama B’America, which provides free monthly books in Hebrew to more than 70 Israeli-Jewish-American families in the United States.18

In June 2015, Milstein joined with Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban to organize the inaugural Campus Maccabees summit.19 The event brought together more than 50 organizations to “harness the full might of the pro-Israel community to defeat hate groups spreading anti-Semitism and lies about the Jewish State on America’s college campuses.”20

Milstein strongly opposes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement, and has written many opinion pieces regarding the movement’s threat to both Israel and Western nations.21 22 23 24 He recently launched a podcast featuring conversations with elected officials and policymakers, thinkers, artists, and activists who are at the forefront of important issues for the pro-Israel, Israeli-American, and Jewish-American communities.25

In 2016, Adam Milstein was named one of “The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life,”26 and also one of the top 25 Twitter activists.27

Personal life

Milstein and his wife Gila live in Encino, CA and have three daughters, two grandsons and one granddaughter.28

References

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  2. “Hager Pacific”. Hager Pacific.
  3. “Cultivating Israeli-American Activism”. AIPAC.
  4. “IAC Board of Directors”. Israeli-American Council.
  5. “How to Succeed as an Entrepreneur: Lessons from a Millionaire”. Huffington Post.
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  7. “Hager Pacific”. Hager Pacific.
  8. “Who We Are”. Milstein Family Foundation.
  9. “Why we set up the Israeli-American Council”. Times of Israel.
  10. “Israeli-Americans Can Strengthen the Jewish People in the U.S. and Lead the Fight Against BDS”. Huffington Post.
  11. “The israeli american council – building bridges; strengthening jewish identity | Higher education”. educationus.in. Retrieved 2016-04-19.
  12. “Israeli-Americans make a home in the US, but remain a strategic asset for our Jewish homeland”. The Jerusalem Post.
  13. “Israeli-Americans Can Strengthen the Jewish People in the U.S. and Lead the Fight Against BDS”. Huffington Post.
  14. “Adam Milstein appointed National Chairman of the Israeli American Council”.
  15. “IAC Names Businessman Adam Milstein As Chair Ahead of National Conference”. JP Updates.
  16. “Isaeli-American Group Names New Leaders Ahead of National Conference”. JNS.org.
  17. “Adam Milstein”. Milstein Family Foundation.
  18. “Who We Are”. Milstein Family Foundation.
  19. “We Will Boycott the Boycotters and Make them Illegal”. Arutz7.
  20. “Campus Maccabees Formed to Fight Hate Groups on Campus”. PRWeb News Release.
  21. “It’s Not Just About Israel. BDS Threatens Us All.”. Huffington Post.
  22. “The Arab League Boycott and BDS – The same old lady in a new dress”. The Times of Israel.
  23. “Israel to invest to track potential terrorists on social media”. The Jerusalem Post.
  24. “Why BDS threatens Israel, America and Western Society”. The Times of Israel.
  25. “Adam Milstein”. Adam Milstein.
  26. “The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2015”. Algemeiner.
  27. “The 25 most influential people on ‘Jewish Twitter'”. Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
  28. “Adam Milstein”. Hager Pacific.