The Jerusalem Post recently named philanthropist, activist, leader, co-founder and chairman of the Israeli-American Council Adam Milsteim to its Top 50 Most Influential Jews. The list not only names those it considers to have done the greatest good in the past and affecting the benefits in the present, but also looks to who has the most potential to affect positive change in the future. Adam Milstein has been placed #39 on this list. His exemplary leadership of the Israeli-American Council is not is only outstanding work in a prominent Jewish organization.
He has also worked tirelessly for StandWithUs, the Israel on Campus Coalition, Hasbra Fellowships, Birthright Israel, Stand By Me, and AIPAC National Council. In addition, along with his wife, Gila Milstein, he runs the Milstein Family Foundation. This organization seeks to aid needy Jewish families and to further empower Israel. One of the ways it works the most to achieve its ends is to seek to help drive and inspire the next generation of Jewish Americans. You can find more information about this worthy organization at http://milsteinff.org/. Milstein has a lot of great company on the list. He joins such heavyweights on the list as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; U.S. Senator Charles Schumer; Supreme Court Justices Ruth Ginsburg and Elena Kagan; philanthropists Sheldon Adelson, Haim Saban, Ron Lauder, Lynn Schusterman, and Matthew Bronfman; Jewish leaders Natan Sharansky and Malcolm Hoenlein; and entertainers Gal Gadot and Sarah Silverman.
In his acceptance speech, Milstein said that he was very humbled to be placed on a list alongside such people of such high caliber. His rise to prominence has been gradual. He first attended the University of Southern California, graduating in 1983. After graduation, he entered the commercial real estate industry. He made his fortune by partnering with the extremely rich David Hager to create a real estate giant worth around $1 billion today. With Hager’s help, he began this massive operation of revolutionizing the entire U.S. real estate industry. This gave Milstein the funds he needed to pursue his philanthropic passions. It was at this point that his star for Jewish American causes began to rise.