The Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation (“MFF”), co-founded by Adam and his wife Gila, supports a diverse group of non-profit organizations that strengthen American values, the U.S.-Israel alliance, the State of Israel, and the Jewish People.
Adam facilitates synergetic partnerships and collaborations between the organizations he supports, and develops strategic programs that align with the mission of MFF: instill pride and courage in the Jewish People, strengthen the U.S.- Israel unique alliance, and combat bigotry and hatred of all forms in the United States of America.
Adam Milstein's philosophy of giving has three core principles:
1. Active Philanthropic Giving
Adam Milstein, MFF, and their staff significantly invest their time, expertise, and financial resources to support the programs, projects, and organizations that share in and advance MFF’s mission.
2. Life Path Impact
Adam collaborates with organizations that engage people at every stage of life. He believes that lasting and powerful connections are built when partners design programs that impact people throughout their life.
3. Philanthropic Synergy
Adam funds and guides charitable organizations to amplify their influence and impact. He encourages force multiplication and synergetic partnerships between nonprofit groups that share strategic objectives.
Adam is a co-founder and board member of the Israeli-American Council (IAC). He oversaw the organization’s national expansion and served as its national chairman from 2015 to 2019. In 2011, MFF in partnership with the IAC launched Sifriyat pajama B’America which provides free books to tens of thousands of Israeli children nationwide and paved the way for the IAC’s national expansion in 2013. In late 2012, Adam’s vision to define Israelis living in America as Americans of Israeli descent was accepted by the board of the Israeli Leadership Council and the organization changed its name to the Israeli-American Council.
Born in Haifa, Israel, Adam Milstein is the son of homemaker Eva Milshtein (née Temkin) and real estate developer Hillel Milshtein. Adam’s parents immigrated to Israel from Mexico and Argentina in 1948 and 1949, respectively. His father served as a combat navy sailor in Israel’s War of Independence, and later the Milshteins married in Haifa, where Hillel worked as a building framer. Adam was their firstborn son and his siblings Joshua and Dalit were born in 1957 and 1959.
Adam spent his early years in Kiryat Yam and Kiryat Motzkin in the Haifa bay before joining the IDF in 1971. He proudly served in the Yom Kippur War (1973), crossed the Suez Canal with Division 143, commanded by Ariel Sharon, which changed the fate of the war.
After completing his military service, Adam studied at the Technion Institute of Technology (the Israeli MIT) where he graduated Cum Laude in 1978 with a bachelor’s in business and economics. During this time, Adam also worked to expand his family’s real estate development and construction business.
Adam married Gila Elgrably in Haifa in 1974, and in 1981, the couple and their two young daughters moved to the United States where they had their third daughter in 1990. In 1983, Milstein earned his MBA from the University of Southern California located in Los Angeles, where he has built a successful career in commercial real estate investments.