Adam Milstein And His Jewish Philanthropy Inspiration
Adam Milstein currently lives in Los Angeles, but he has deep ties and a love for his native land of Israel. He’s the co-founder of Hager Pacific Properties where he is currently Managing Partner, and he gives back to the Jewish community through the Milstein Foundation. He and his wife Gila also founded a Hebrew learning program along with the foundation called Sifriyat Pijama B’America. The Milstein Foundation holds three values as cornerstones to their work in active philanthropy, path life impact and philanthropic synergy. Recently Adam Milstein sat down with the authors of Ideamensch to discuss his life’s work.
According to Milstein, he and David Hager got the idea for their real estate broker company while attending graduate school at USC because they felt that their life’s experiences and skills they possessed were worth more than what they were being offered for work at the time. Adam Milstein gathers his ideas by finding things that nobody else has been willing to do and bringing them to life in his work. His favorite book that he recommends to everyone is Dana Perino’s And The Good News Is … because he believes that whenever times get tough, they are never as bad as they appear to be.
Adam Milstein was born to a family that migrated to Israel right as the nation was being formed in 1948, and his father even fought for the new nation during the first war. Adam is the oldest of three sons and was the first to serve in the Israeli military during the Yom Kippur War of 1973. He went to the Technion, Israeli Institute of Technology upon returning from the war and got his degree in business and economics. He worked alongside his father in the building framing business for a few years before going to graduate school at USC.
Along with founding the Milstein Foundation, Adam Milstein has been a part of several Israeli public policy groups. These groups include Birthright Israel, AIPAC, StandWithUs, Israel On Campus Coalition, and the Israeli-American Council that he currently chairs. He’s also been listed in the Jerusalem Post’s top 50 list of the most influential Jews in the world.