People who may not know the specifics of the relationship between Jewish-Americans and Israeli-Americans probably don’t understand the divide that’s usually existed between the two. Adam Milstein, a real estate professional and the Chairman of the Israeli-American Council has explained a lot about this divide in articles he’s released through Jewish and Israeli news outlets. His work with the IAC and the Milstein Family Foundation’s ties to hundreds of other organizations has helped unify Jewish and Israeli-American communities by planning events featuring cultural celebrations, and also gatherings such as the conference the IAC hosts annually.
Adam Milstein says this last year’s conference at the IAC was encouraging to him in that younger people attending it spoke of how important the nation of Israel is, and it’s one of three reasons Adam Milstein believes Jewish-Americans can be closer to Israeli-Americans or other Israelis living abroad. His first reason for seeing stronger unity come about is that all can point directly to the homeland of Israel as coming first. It’s not a perfect country says Milstein, but it’s essential for everyone that the country prospers. The second reason Milstein is optimistic about the future of both Jewish and Israeli-Americans is that more and more people embrace their identity as such. More people want to learn about their heritage either through studies or through visiting Israel, an opportunity that college trip programs sponsored by Milstein offer. And finally, he says Jews have a remarkable ability to think outside the box when it comes to leading. Go To This Page for more information.
Adam Milstein was born in Haifa, Israel and moved to the US later in life. His early adulthood was spent in the Israeli Defense Forces for several years, during which he fought in the Yom Kippur War and also met his wife Gila. His education includes a bachelor’s degree in business from the Technion, and an MBA from the University of Southern California. He co-founded and currently serves as Managing Partner of Hager Pacific Properties in Los Angeles, and he started the Milstein Family Foundation and the IAC in 2000. Adam Milstein takes pride in not making his activism about political identity, and donors to the IAC have come from both the liberal left with people like Haim Saban donating to it, and the conservative right from people like Sheldon Adelson. Other groups with close affiliations to the IAC include AIPAC, StandWithUs and Hillel International.