In the words of Adam Milstein, “to understand the issue yourself –one cannot rely on other people. Be part of the solution. Understand the problem and contemplate the issue.” Concisely, this statement summarizes Adam’s daily life. Despite owning one of the largest real estate development company, Hager Pacific Properties, Mr. Milstein has committed to solving the challenges facing his fellow Israel countrymen living in America and he is taking the front seat.
Adam moved to the US in 1981 as a student. Before pursuing his dreams of higher education, Mr. Milstein had served his country as an IDF during the famous Yom Kippur War where he also graduated from its institute in 1978. Immediately after jetting in America, Adam Milstein was admitted to the University of South California where he pursued an MBA degree. With no well-paying jobs at the table, Adam resorted to working as a commercial real estate broker, a position that later saw him acquire a breadth of knowledge to start his own company.
Business aside,Mr. Milstein is deeply engaged in philanthropy and at the heart of his works is his Israel community in the US. Partially, Adam’s dedication to helping his community comes from the experiences of his wife while migrating to the US. Most immigrants are defenseless thus making them vulnerable in their new environments.
Through organizations such as the Israeli-American Council where Mr. Adam is a co-founder and also one of the board members, Adam helps improve the life of his community through policies. The Israeli-American Council is an organization that seeks to ensure that the Israel community is represented in job opportunities and also government positions. It also conducts public education where it teaches the community about their rights and freedoms.
Adam is also passionate about education. Through Sifriyat Pijama B’America, Adam and his wife, Gila, help champion for the education of the Israeli- Jewish community living in America. In a month, the Sifriyat Pijama B’America organization provides over 15,000 books in Hebrew to these communities living in the US. This greatly helps in reducing the illiteracy level and also teaches the Israeli-Jewish society about their culture.