Adam Milstein

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Adam Milstein
Born 1952 (age 65–66)[1]
Haifa, Israel
Residence Encino, California
Nationality American, Israeli
Education Technion (BSc)
Occupation real estate investor
Title Chairman of the Israeli-American Council
Managing Partner of Hager Pacific Properties
Spouse(s) Gila Milstein
Children three

Adam Milstein (Hebrew: אדם מילשטיין‎; born 1952) is an Israeli-American real estate investor and philanthropist. He is a managing partner of Hager Pacific Properties. In 2000, Milstein and his wife Gila founded the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation. He is a co-founder of the Israeli-American Council, where he currently serves as Chairman of the Board.

Early life[edit]

Milstein was born in Haifa, Israel, the eldest child of Eva (née Temkin), a homemaker, and Hillel Milstein, a real estate developer. His mother immigrated to Israel from Mexico in 1949, at the age of 18; his father immigrated to Israel from Argentina when the State of Israel was founded in 1948, at the age of 19, and took part in Israel's War of Independence as a combat sailor. The family moved from Haifa to Kiryat Yam and then to Kiryat Motzkin where Adam spent his early years. Adam has two younger siblings, Yehoshua and Dalit.[2]

In 1971, Milstein was conscripted into the Israel Defense Forces for his mandatory service and served during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. He fought on the Egyptian front under General Ariel Sharon, and participated in the crossing of the Suez Canal and the encirclement of the Egyptian Third Army. He then enrolled in the Technion, where he graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science degree in business and economics. While studying, he worked with his father to expand their real estate construction and development business.[2]

In 1974, Milstein married Gila Elgrably in Haifa.[2] In 1981, the family moved to the United States. In 1983, Milstein received an MBA from the University of Southern California.[3] He then started working in commercial real estate as a sales agent.[4]


Milstein is a managing partner of Hager Pacific Properties, overseeing the firm’s financing, disposition and accounting.[5] The firm specializes in acquiring, rehabilitating and repositioning industrial, retail, office and multi-family properties.[6]


In 2000, Milstein and his wife Gila founded the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation (MFF). The organization sponsors education of students and young professionals to identify with their Jewish roots, connect with the State of Israel, ignite their Jewish pride, and provide them with facts and the knowledge to advocate for the State of Israel and the Jewish people.[7]

Milstein is a co-founder of the Israeli-American Council.[8][9][10] In 2015 he was named Chairman of the group.[11][12][13]

Milstein also sits on the boards of StandWithUs, Israel on Campus Coalition, Hasbara Fellowships, Jewish Funders Network, Birthright Israel, Stand By Me, and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) National Council.[14][15] Milstein and his wife Gila are co-founders of Sifriyat Pijama B'America, which provides free monthly books in Hebrew to more than 70 Israeli-Jewish-American families in the United States.[16] In 2016, they started "The Donor Forum," an initiative to connect pro-Israel donors with pro-Israel causes.[17]

In June 2015, Milstein joined with Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban to organize the inaugural Campus Maccabees summit.[18] The event brought together more than 50 organizations to "harness the full might of the pro-Israel community to defeat hate groups spreading anti-Semitism and lies about the Jewish State on America’s college campuses."[19]

Milstein strongly opposes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement,[20][21] and has written a number of op-eds on the subject.[22][23][24][25]

In 2016, The Jerusalem Post selected Milstein for its list of the world's 50 most influential Jews.[1][26] The same year, Algemeiner named Milstein to its list, "The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2015."[27][28]

Milstein is active on Twitter. In 2016, JTA selected Milstein as one of the top 25 most influential people on "Jewish Twitter."[29]

Milstein is featured as a contemporary leader of cultural Zionism in the 2018 book The Zionist Ideas Visions for the Jewish Homeland—Then, Now, Tomorrow, by Gil Troy. The excerpt on Milstein presents his "vision of Israeliness to invigorate invigorate Zionism and Jewish identity—in Israel and abroad."[30]

Personal life[edit]

Milstein and his wife Gila live in Encino, California. They have three daughters and three grandchildren.[31]


  1. ^ a b "Jerusalem Post 50 Most Influential Jews: Number 39 - Adam Milstein Orthodox Jew". The Jerusalem Post. September 29, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Bio". 
  3. ^ "IAC Board of Directors". Israeli-American Council. Archived from the original on 2015-01-07. 
  4. ^ "How to Succeed as an Entrepreneur: Lessons from a Millionaire". Huffington Post. 
  5. ^ "Adam Milstein Bio". Hager Pacific. 
  6. ^ "Hager Pacific". Hager Pacific. Archived from the original on 2013-09-25. 
  7. ^ "Who We Are". Milstein Family Foundation. Archived from the original on 2015-02-15. 
  8. ^ "The Israeli-Americans: Who they are, what they want, where they're headed, why they matter". Jewish Journal. May 14, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Adam Milstein: Leading by example". Jewish Journal. November 18, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Why we set up the Israeli-American Council". Times of Israel. 
  11. ^ "Israeli-American group names new leaders ahead of national conference". JNS. September 17, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Ascending Israeli-American group seeks to be the 'glue,' not the 'wedge,' for US Jewry". JNS. November 20, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Israelis will power the future of American Jewry, IAC chair says". JTA. October 31, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Adam Milstein". Milstein Family Foundation. 
  15. ^ "'Active' philanthropist Adam Milstein a growing connector in the Jewish world". JNS. February 16, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Who We Are". Milstein Family Foundation. Archived from the original on 2015-02-15. 
  17. ^ "Food, money and Jews". Jewish Journal. August 3, 2017. 
  18. ^ "We Will Boycott the Boycotters and Make them Illegal". Arutz7. 
  19. ^ "Campus Maccabees Formed to Fight Hate Groups on Campus". PRWeb News Release. 
  20. ^ "The Israeli-American connector". The Jerusalem Post. April 25, 2016. 
  21. ^ "IAC head Milstein urges: Boycott the boycotters". The Jerusalem Post. May 22, 2016. 
  22. ^ "It's Not Just About Israel. BDS Threatens Us All". Huffington Post. 
  23. ^ "The Arab League Boycott and BDS – The same old lady in a new dress". The Times of Israel. 
  24. ^ "Israel to invest to track potential terrorists on social media". The Jerusalem Post. 
  25. ^ "Why BDS threatens Israel, America and Western Society". The Times of Israel. 
  26. ^ "The Jerusalem Post's 50 Most Influential Jews". The Jerusalem Post. October 2, 2016. 
  27. ^ "The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2015". Algemeiner. March 20, 2016. 
  28. ^ "Jewish 100, 2015: Adam Milstein – Community". Algemeiner. March 30, 2016. 
  29. ^ "The 25 most influential people on 'Jewish Twitter'". JTA. March 27, 2016. 
  30. ^ Troy, Gil (2018). The Zionist Ideas Visions for the Jewish Homeland—Then, Now, Tomorrow. University of Nebraska Press. pp. 469–471. 
  31. ^ "Adam Milstein". Hager Pacific. Archived from the original on 2013-07-27. 

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