In the summer of 2006, the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles organized a pro-Israel rally. Despite the fact that there are more than 200,000 Israeli-Americans living in Los Angeles, very few people showed up for the event. This got the attention of several prominent businessmen in the area, including Adam Milstein. He realized that Jewish people with strong connection to the Jewish state and homeland needed a better rallying point, and perhaps a more organized effort to bring together what is a significant American subculture.
Today Adam Milstein serves as chairman of the Israeli-American Council, a group that serves more than 250,000 Israeli-Americans and Jewish people across America. It is the largest organization of Philanthropist its kind in the U.S. Furthermore, as of 2017, it was the fastest growing Jewish organization.
Establishing the Israeli-American Council was a project near and dear to the heart of Adam Milstein. He was born in Haifa, Israel, in 1952. His mother, Eva, had immigrated to Israel from Mexico and his father, Hillel, came to the Jewish homeland from Argentina. Both came to Israel shortly after the new country was founded in 1948.
Adam Milstein grew to manhood and was conscripted into Israeli military service in 1971. He served in the 1973 Yom Kippur War and fought under General Ariel Sharon in Egypt. His experience in the fighting included the crossing of the Suez Canal and surrounding Egyptian forces there.
After military service Adam Milstein earned a B.S. degree in business from Technion. He met and married his wife, Gila Elgrably, in 1974. The couple moved to the United States in 1981. There Adam furthered his education by completing and MBA at the University of Southern California. Like his father, Milstein set out to make his mark in the real estate business and enjoyed considerable success in that field. Today he is a managing partner in the highly regarded Hager Pacific Properties of Encino, a firm that manages more than 100 properties across the U.S with a value of some $2 billion.
But success in business is only a part of Adam Milstein’s life – his work with the Israeli-American Council is a central aspect of what makes life important to him as a proud Jewish American with roots in the ancient land of Israel.