Adam Milstein is a Jewish American entrepreneur and popular activist when it comes to speaking on unity between Jews abroad and the nation of Israel. His primary job is fundraising and making deals for major residential and commercial property purchases by Hager Pacific Properties. But he also is highly involved in different college campus activities promoting Jewish culture and Israeli pride, and he often attends and speaks at conferences involving both Jewish community leaders and political leaders. Adam Milstein is quite busy on a day-to-day, but Ideamensch had a chance to catch up with him not long ago.
One of their first questions to Milstein was how he got into real estate investing and got started with Hager Pacific Properties. He mentioned that he had been pursuing his MBA in grad school and none of the opportunities at the time seemed worth his time, so he decided to get into real estate brokering himself and learn on the fly. His average day he says is not really one that can be planned out because the industry has a lot of unknown variables in it, but having his philanthropy in the schedule does add some structure. One thing he says makes him successful is doing the best he can in any situation and not relying on goals and more
Adam Milstein was born in Haifa, Israel and did some traveling around the nation as a young boy due to his father’s job. Like his father before him and every other young man in his day, Milstein also served in the Israeli Defense Forces and did a tour during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. After his military service was over, he got his formal education at the Technion, and for a few years worked with his father in construction. He also married Gila Elgrably and with her has had 3 daughters who all have children of their own.
Adam Milstein cofounded Hager Pacific Properties in the early 1990s, but as he transitioned from his life in Israel to life in America he started seeing the problems Israelis who had left Israel faced there. In an effort to build better relationships between them and the existing Jewish community, and to change how they were perceived in Israel, he started the Israeli-American Council and the Milstein Family Foundation. The foundations have partnered with many other activist groups to build bridges and to connect Jews with their identity in Israel.