In October 2016, businessman cum philanthropist, Adam Milstein, received recognition from the Jerusalem Post as one of the 50 most influential Jewish leaders and figures in the world. The list contains prominent personalities who have the ability to impact real change within the Jewish community through their career, leadership position, or popularity. The personalities must also have the capacity to effect positive change for more years to come.
Milstein was ranked number 39 on the list that included other notable figures like the current Jewish PM Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. State Sen. Charles Schumer, and justices in the U.S. Supreme Court Ruth Bader G. and Elena Kagan. Others on the list include celebrities Sarah Silverman and Gal Gadot; Jewish leaders like Malcolm Hoenlein and Natan Sharansky; and philanthropists like Haim Saban, Sheldon Adelson, Ron Lauder, Matthew Bronfman, and Lynn Schusterman.
Milstein was included in the Jerusalem Post list because of his work as the Chairman and one of the founders of Israeli-American Council (IAC). He is also an avid activist, philanthropist, and a leader of several prominent Jewish organizations like StandWithUs, Stand By Me, Hasbara Fellowships, AIPAC National Council, and Birthright Israel.
Speaking of the recognition by Jerusalem Post, Milstein said that he was not only humbled but also honored to be recognized alongside other remarkable Jewish leaders and personalities. He expressed gratitude to his wife, Gila Milstein, the IAC, and all the other organizations that he was privileged to serve. He finished by saying that the award was a stamp of approval on the accomplishments made by the Israeli-American community over the years.
Adam Milstein is a native of Haifa, Israel. His father was an established real estate developer. After serving in the Israeli Defense Forces, Milstein joined college to study economics and business. He also helped his father expand his business.
After getting married and having two daughters, Adam Milstein moved his young family to America. Today, he is a Partner at Hager Pacific Properties. He also manages his family foundation, Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, which sponsors young students and professionals to learn about their heritage and people.