The Israeli-American Council is an organization that works to give Israeli-Americans a voice not only in the US political conversation but also in being able to connect with the nation of Israel itself even while they’re thousands of miles away. The chairman of this organization is Adam Milstein who has been working over the last 30 years to use philanthropy as a bridge for connecting Israelis back to the homeland’s people and culture. Every year the IAC holds conferences of discussions on Jewish issues, and this last year’s conference was especially well received by attendees.
Adam Milstein noticed that many young people at the conference were excited about sharing their knowledge of Israel and even expressed their desire to travel there. They also were happy to hear different viewpoints ranging from the left liberal side to more conservative stances. But Milstein believes more people than ever support Israel and look to it as the source of Judaism and unification for the American communities. Milstein says this will be important as Jewish-Americans face future challenges and look to hold onto their national pride.
Adam Milstein helped establish the IAC in 2007, and before that he completed both his educational training and built a big real estate company known as Hager Pacific Properties. He lived in Israel during his childhood and even fought in the Israeli Defense Forces during the 1973 offensive in the Yom Kippur War. Milstein married Gila Elgrably and has had three daughters with her, and the eldest two were born while they still lived in Israel and the youngest came after they moved to the US. He went into real estate investing in part because he had a background in construction, and also because he liked the risk-taking factors it involved.
Adam Milstein makes philanthropy the most important part of his life and doesn’t just write checks to the groups he supports but actually goes out and assists them in the field. He’s also an author at several Jewish media groups including the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the Jerusalem Post, the HuffPost and Times of Israel. He has been listed in a top 50 list in the Jerusalem Post as one of the most influential Jews in the world.