The Jerusalem Post has named Adam Milstein as one of the most influential Jews in America. Adam was born in Haifa, Israel, and moved with his wife Gila to the United States in 1981. He is the owner of California-based f Hager Pacific Properties which builds and manages industrial buildings and multi-family complexes.
Adam Milstein, however, spends over 80 percent of his time on active philanthropy. He says that it is easy to write a check and put it in the mail. He says that real change does not occur, however, until an individual sees the impact of their money.
Adam and Gila are the founders of the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation. This organization is unique in their giving because every organization that receives funds must give part of their gift away to another organization. There hope is that this will force organizations to work together. In the end, their hope is that both organizations become stronger.
Adam and Gila are also the founders of Campus Maccabbees Summit. In June 2015 this organization brought together leaders from 50 pro-Jewish organizations in Las Vegas to discuss how they could work better together. Adam says that meeting in groups helps to reinforce people’s Jewish heritage and helps people have the strength to overcome anti-Semitism which is especially strong on college campuses.
He is also the founder of the Israel-American Council. He says that it is vital for people to recognize their Jewish roots. There are an estimated 5.5 million Jews living in America but their homeland will always be Israel. This organization now operates 10 regional offices and has active members living in 27 states. The Israel-American Council is the fastest growing Jewish coalition in the United States.
Adam is also extremely generous with his time when other organizations need a helping hand. He serves on the board of many including Israel on Campus Coalition, StandByMe and Israel on Campus coalition.
Adam stresses that he would not have been a practicing Jew if it were not for his business partner who taught him that the Jewish way was to give away 10 percent of all the money that he earned. Then, according to the partner, God could do amazing things in his life. Adam says that God has certainly proven that to be true in his own life.