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Adam Milstein: A Proud American-Israeli Real Estate Developer

Adam Milstein is one of America’s most respected real estate developers and pro-Israel activists. In addition to forming numerous successful pro-Israel groups, Adam Milstein has one of the most popular activist-related Twitter feeds.

Adam Milstein was born into a Jewish family in 1952 in the northern Israeli port city Haifa. From an early age, Milstein learned real estate skills from his father, Hillel Milstein, who worked as a real estate developer. His mother, Eva (née Temkin) made a living as a maid. Both of his parents immigrated to the State of Israel in their teens, Eva from Mexico and Hillel from Argentina.

Adam Milstein moved around quite a bit as a boy. First, his family moved to the city of Kiryat Yam on Haifa Bay. After that, the Milsteins settled in Motzkin. In the 1970s, Milstein served in the Israeli armed forces and saw active combat in the Yom Kippur War. After his service, Milstein studied business at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and earned a BS in economics. He used this knowledge from university to help expand his father’s real estate firm.

A few years after receiving his BS, Milstein and his family moved to California. Milstein earned a Master’s Degree in business administration from the University of Southern California in 1983. After graduation, he immediately went into the American real estate market. He now works as managing partner for the real estate investment company Hager Pacific Properties.

Although Adam Milstein is respected for his real estate work, he’s probably best known for his activism. Both Adam and his wife founded the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation (MFF) in 2000. The MFF’s mission statement is to help preserve the State of Israel and support a healthy relationship between the USA and Israel. Some of the ways the MFF tries to achieve its goals is by offering grants to Jewish students and strengthening ties between pro-Israel groups. The MFF is headquartered in Los Angeles.

Another influential pro-Israel group Adam Milstein founded is called the Israeli-American Council. Recent estimates suggest this council is one of the most popular Jewish organizations in the USA. Just a few other pro-Israel organizations Milstein works closely with include the Jewish Funders Network, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee National Council, and StandWithUs. Milstein is also a very vocal supporter of Israel on his popular Twitter account. As for Milstein’s personal life, he married a woman named Gila Elgrably in Haifa shortly after his service. The happy couple has been married since 1974 and currently resides in Encino, California. Adam and Gila Milstein have three daughters.