Adam Milstein: When Culture and Philanthropy Intertwine


Born and bred in Israel, Adam Milstein is a respected real estate professional, Israeli culture advocate and philanthropist. During his childhood years, Israel was still a developing Nation. Adam served in the Israeli Defense Forces and was part of the brigade that fought the Yom Kippur war. Afterwards, he enrolled at the Technion- Institute of technology and graduated with a B.S in Business and Economics. Adam Milstein formalized his marriage two years before graduation in 1974.

Together with his wife and two children, Adam moved to the US in 1981. He pursued further education at the University of South Carolina earning an MBA. Later Adam joined the Hager Pacific Properties as a sales agent. Here, he mastered his skills in the real estate sector. Adam has since advanced to become Managing Partner at the firm. While working at the company, he developed an interest in philanthropy after several conversations around the issue with his partner. Making significant incomes did not satisfy Adam, he wanted to do something that was impactful.

The Adam and Gila Family Milstein Family Foundation purpose to further knowledge on Israeli culture, mentor young professionals and students from the Jewish community and support other Israeli-American organizations and activities. So far, the foundation has provided several scholarships and exchange programs to help students connect with their Israeli roots. The Adam and Gila Foundation operates based on three principles; philanthropic synergy, livelihoods impacts and active philanthropy. To achieve the above, Adam oversees every activity and charity that they donate to ensure the foundation realizes its objectives. The foundation supports initiatives in the community plus helps reduce anti-Israel activity in campus groups by showcasing the rich Israeli culture.

Adam also serves as the Chairman of the Israeli-American Council, a nonprofit he formed. He uses his position at the non-profit to engage other Israeli-Americans in philanthropic work and urges the community to unify toward creating a collective identity even as they strive to succeed in America. The Israeli-American Council assists its members to learn more about their heritage and languages through various programs across the country. Adam Milstein’s primary objective is to strengthen relations between his countries of origin and the US. He volunteers on various boards including the Hasbara Fellowships, StandWithUs, the Jewish Founders Network and Stand By Me. For Adam, philanthropy is a necessity in society as it helps create better communities. In 2017, he ranked among the 200 Most Influential Do-gooders in the World.