Adam Milstein is one of the top real estate brokers in the Jewish-American community who has made extravagant deals as Managing Partner of Hager Pacific Properties. But he’s also been an advocate of bringing together Jews of all political beliefs and creeds together to support the motherland of Israel though his philanthropies. He made the Jerusalem Post’s list of Top 50 Most Influential Jews in 2016, an honor that also included names such as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and fellow businessman Haim Saban. But Milstein also has answered questions with media outlets over how he juggles his business activities with the hundred of organizations his foundation supports.
Adam Milstein told the Huffington Post that there are three things that make philanthropy work for him. First, being a philanthropist is something he takes joy in because it’s not a chore, it’s his way of saying thank you to organizations who fight for causes he cares about. And he believes everyone can feel proud of their philanthropy when they view it that way. Second, Milstein says you don’t have to worry about focusing all your energy on hundreds of philanthropies at once. Just focus on the ones that matter most to you. And finally he says to really get the most out of philanthropy, you should donate your own personal time to volunteering with the organization.
Adam Milstein’s most important passions in uniting the Jewish community to support Israel and further its relations with the US come from having lived there through the struggles of its early days. He was born in 1952 to a building framer and stay-at-home mother, and in 1971 he joined the Israeli military including fighting in Ariel Sharon’s unit in the Yom Kippur War. In 1974 he married Gila Elgrably and 4 years later completed his bachelor’s in business administration at the Technion in Haifa. Not long after he moved his family to California where he completed grad school and then co-founded his real estate company. Adam and his wife co-chair the Milstein Family Foundation through which they support their pro-Israel organizations, including their largest organization the Israeli-American Council.