Active Philanthropist and Pro-Israel Activist

adam_milsteinAdam Milstein is a co-founder of the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, where he provides charitable and philanthropic services to a wide range of organizations to strengthen the Jewish people, the State of Israel, and the U.S. – Israel relationship.
Adam Milstein’s philanthropic services include consulting, partnership development, and fundraising to support programs in the areas of Jewish education, Jewish continuity, and Pro-Israel advocacy. Adam Milstein’s philanthropic philosophy of operation consists of three unique principles:
1. Active Philanthropy: Adam Milstein, the Milstein Family Foundation and its staff invest significant time and expertise – not only financial resources – in every organization, program, and project that they support.
2. Life Path Impact: Adam Milstein seeks out, funds, and develops organizations that continuously engage their target audiences through life’s many stages. By creating programs tailored for childhood, adolescence, and the different phases of adulthood, organizations are able to maintain a deep and continuous connection with their target population.
3. Philanthropic Synergy: Adam Milstein provides funding and guidance to assist philanthropic organizations to amplify their impact by developing programmatic partnerships and synergies with other non-profit entities working toward shared goals.

Adam Milstein is a co-founder and National Chairman of the Israeli-American Council, where he is the chair of their national expansion. He also sits on the Board of several organizations, including, the Israel on Campus CoalitionStandWithUs, Hasbara FellowshipsJewish Funders NetworkAISH Los Angeles, AIPAC National Council and the Los Angeles Board of Birthright Israel. Along with his wife, Gila, Adam Milstein is a co-founder of Sifriyat Pijama B’America, an organization that provides free monthly books in Hebrew, teaching Jewish values to more than 15,000 Israeli-Jewish-American families in the United States.

A native of Israel, Adam served in the IDF during the Yom Kippur War, and graduated from the Technion in 1978. Upon his arrival in the US in 1981, he earned an MBA from USC and began a career in Commercial Real Estate in Southern California. Adam is a Managing Partner at Hager Pacific Properties, a private commercial real estate investment firm that owns and manages several million square feet of commercial and industrial real estate throughout the United States.

Adam Milstein lives with his wife Gila in Encino, California. They have three children and three grandchildren.

Early Life

Adam Milstein was born in Haifa, Israel, the son of Eva Milshtein (née Temkin), a home maker and Hillel Milshtein, a real estate developer. Eva (Temkin) Milshtein immigrated to Israel from Mexico in 1949 (at an age of 18) and Hillel Milshtein immigrated to Israel from Argentina when the State of Israel was founded in 1948 (at an age of 19). Hillel took place in Israel’s independence war as a combat sailor. The Milshtein’s got married in Haifa 1950 where Hillel worked as a building framer. Adam was their first son, followed up by Joshua (1957) and Dalit (1959). The family moved from Haifa to Kiryat Yam and Kiryat Motzkin where Adam spent his early years.In 1971, Adam Milstein joined the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and served during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. He was assigned to Ariel Sharon’s army Division that crossed the Suez Canal into Egypt surrendering the Third Egyptian Army Division. After his mandatory service in the Israeli Army, he enrolled in the Technion, Israeli Institute of Technology, where he graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in business and economics in 1978. During his higher education years, Milstein joined his father Hillel in expanding their real estate construction and development business.In 1974, Adam Milstein married Gila Elgrably in Haifa. In 1981, he and his wife moved to the United States with their two young daughters (their third daughter was born after their move). In 1983, Milstein received his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. After receiving his degree, he started working in commercial real estate as a sales agent.