Adam Milstein has won an honor that very few people can win. That honor is the Jerusalem Posts’s “50 Most Influential Jews of 2016,” one that includes major figures such as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and US Senator Chuck Schumer. Adam Milstein was selected to number 39 on this list thanks to his founding the Israeli-American Council, and for the charity work and contributions he’s made to the Jewish community at large. Milstein is very honored to be mentioned on this list and has thanked his wife and others who have supported him throughout the years. He’s also the founder of the Milstein Foundation, through which much of his philanthropy is conducted.
Milstein was born in Israel to two parents who had returned to the land from Latin American countries when it first became a recognized state in 1948. Adam grew up working with his father, who helped construct buildings, and later in life Adam would become a real estate developer himself. Adam Milstein is also an Israeli veteran who has served his country in the big Yom Kippur War of the 1970s, and he actually fought alongside former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Once the war was over, Milstein continued to pursue higher education, and once that was completed he started his real estate career. In 1981, he and his wife came to the United States where he does most of his work today.
Milstein believes in being heavily involved in all activities that his foundation supports, and he’s established three pillars that guide the foundation’s activities. The first is “active philanthropy,” the second is “Life Path Impact,” and then encompassing all of these is “philanthropic synergy.” The goal of these pillars is to not only show active support to Jewish humanitarian and welfare causes, but to bring oneness and common ground to the communities as well. In addition to founding the IAC, Milstein’s foundation has also founded Birthright Israel, Stand With Us, Project Interchange, and AEII.