Adam Milstein joined the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) in 1971. In 1973, during the Yom Kippur War, he served under Ariel Sharon. After his military service, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Israeli Institute of Technology (Technion) with a double major in Business and Economics.
In 1974, he married Gila Elgrably in the Israeli city of Haifa. In 1981, in search of greater business opportunities, he moved his then growing family, his wife and two daughters, to the United States. Originally, the Milsteins intended to return to Israel. Adam Milstein expressed this desire with the Jewish phrase: “sitting on suitcases.”
Once relocated, his earned his MBA degree from UCLA and began working in commercial real estate in Southern California. In 1983, Adam joined Hager Pacific Properties, a private commercial real estate investment firm which owns and manages hundreds of properties across the United States.
In addition to his business acumen, Adam Milstein has established himself as one of the world’s major philanthropists. He supports a wide range of Jewish causes, among them:
He is a co-founder and chairman of the Israeli-American Council, dedicated to strengthening the connection between Israel and the United States, especially among future generations.
The Israel on Campus Coalition is devoted to reinforcing the ties between Jewish college students in the U.S. and the nation of Israel.
StandWithUs is dedicated to using education in combating anti-Semitism, in the firm belief that knowledge is power.
Hasbara Fellowships are used to bring American college students to Israel to meet top-level Israeli officials and become pro-Israel activists when their return to their home campuses.
The Jewish Funders Network works to enhance Jewish philanthropy by connecting Jewish funders with Jewish foundations in order to create a better world.
AISH Los Angeles, a Jewish education organization focused on giving Jews the opportunity to rediscover their heritage.
Adam Milstein, along with his wife Gila, founded Sifriyat Pijama B’America, dedicated to teaching Jewish values and providing free books in Hebrew to Jewish families in the United States.