Adam Milstein writes articles intended for Israeli and Jewish-American audiences, and one of the latest that he’s posted on the Times of Israel discusses characteristics that Jews have been known for over the years. He referenced the Maccabees who were fearless in their conflict against Greek oppressors and also used skill and prowess in the conflict that made up for their lack of force in numbers. Today’s Jews also face obstacles and even antisemitism in some areas, and Milstein says they too can be like the Maccabees.
Adam Milstein says Jews and Israelis have a family value that means everyone is part of their family and they all look out for each other and assist any who are attacked. He also says Jews can think outside the box or use unconventional ideas to solve problems, and they have made numerous contributions to the financial and technological world as well as the political sphere. Milstein believes the future will be decided by Jews holding to pride in their Israeli identity, and having the courage to always stand for that identity even when it’s not popular in the mainstream.
Adam Milstein is from Israel though he lives in California now. His parents were Jews who moved to Israel when it was designated as a place for displaced Jews to return to in 1948, and his father became a construction worker while his mother worked at home. Milstein is the oldest of the three sons in the family and was the first to serve in the Israeli Defense Forces in 1971. Milstein then went to college at the Technion Institute in 1975 and got his bachelor’s degree in 1978, and then after moving with his wife Gila and daughters to the US, he got his master’s degree at USC in 1983.
Adam Milstein makes most of his money buying, selling and managing commercial and large family unit properties at Hager Pacific Properties. But he gives back to the Jewish-American community through the Milstein Family Foundation and its chief Israeli activist organization, the Israeli-American Council where he’s served as president and chairman for over 10 years. The Milsteins work primarily with educational institutions to promote learning about Jewish culture and to connect Jewish-Americans with their Israeli counterparts. They’ve also supplied families with materials teaching Hebrew at their publishing group Sifriyat Pijama B’America.