Adam Milstein has become recognized as one of the world’s most influential Jewish leaders. He’s a former Israeli soldier who fought in the Yom Kippur War of 1973, and is currently Managing Partner at Hager Pacific Properties. Milstein has had a lot of success in the real estate business, but he’s become most known for his philanthropy at the Milstein Foundation, and for establishing non-profit groups that promote pro-Israel agendas. He is the Chairman of the Board on the Israeli-American Council, a founding member of AIPAC, a leader at Stand With Us, Hasbara Fellowships and Jerusalem U. He was listed at 39 in the Jerusalem Post’s Top 50 Most Influential Jews of 2016 list, along with figures such as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Senator Chuck Schumer.
Adam Milstein is the son of a building framer and a homemaker, both of whom moved to Israel back when the modern nation was just beginning in 1948. Adam is the oldest of three sons, and as a young man he was raised in three different cities. He first joined the military in 1971, and then became a part of Commander Ariel Sharon’s division that invaded Egypt in 1973. When his military service was up, he returned to pursue vocational training, and enrolled at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. He completed a bachelor’s degree in business and economics, and then worked along with his father in the construction industry.
Adam had married Gila Elgrably not long after returning from the war, and in 1981 they moved with their two daughters to the US. They later had a third daughter after doing so. Adam Milstein completed his MBA at USC, and then became a real estate specialist at Hager Pacific Properties. He started joining philanthropic organizations and started the Milstein Foundation in 2000, and he began focusing on educating young people about their Jewish roots, and forging alliances with other philanthropists for a common cause. The Milsteins have also founded Sifriyat Pijama B’America for teaching other Jews the ancient Hebrew language.