Adam Milstein grew up dreaming about safety and security – the security of his family – of his people – and of the Jewish Homeland. As a member of the Israeli Defense Forces, he followed General Arial Sharon across the Suez Canal and into Egypt during the Yom Kippur War of 1973.
After Milstein moved his family to America, he earned an MBA from the University of Southern California and went to work selling and managing commercial real estate. He later became a managing partner of Hager Pacific Properties, a firm owning and managing hundreds of properties valued at over two billion dollars.
When Adam Milstein told his teenage daughters that he wanted them to marry Jewish men, they pointed out that the Milstein family had long lived secular lives. He realized that Jews in America, especially Israeli Jews, did not include their religion as an important part of their lives. Although the older generations regarded themselves as Jews, their children learned little of Jewish history or their connection to Israel.
Adam Milstein decided then and there to reconnect with his religion and his homeland. Since the Milsteins were financially secure, he and his wife Gila turned their attention to religious matters. They established the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, supporting organizations and individuals with ties to Judaism in general and Israel in particular.
Among the organizations is the Israel on Campus Coalition, instilling a pride and a sense of empowerment in Jewish college students.
Another organization is StandWithUs, teaching American students of Jewish heritage more about Jewish and Israeli history in order to strengthen their connection to Israel.
Hasbara Fellowships enable students from American campuses to travel to Israel on a ten-day, expenses paid fact-finding trip in order to bring knowledge of Israel back with them to America.
To strengthen the relationship between the United States and Israel, Milsteins established the Israeli-American Council (IAC).