Adam Milstein Says Jewish Parents Can Encourage Children In Passion, Courage And Pride
Adam Milstein is a real estate businessman, philanthropist and author who writes for both well-known newspapers like the HuffPost and Jerusalem Post, and lesser-known organizations like the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and the Times of Israel. In an article on the Times of Israel, Milstein says Jewish parents need to encourage their children to use passion, pride and courage to adhere to the beliefs that have inspired patriotism and religious conviction. A big part of this is using ingenuity and using ideas that come from outside the box. An example of a hero who used this creativity to save Israel was Judas Maccabeus who led a revolt against the Seleucids and used tactics not before thought of to defeat a major military force. Milstein encourages this same kind of thinking for young Jews on college campuses and entering professional careers.
Adam Milstein himself could tell you that he’s learned to think outside the box. He was part of a military unit also thought inferior to the Egyptian forces back in 1974 which was led by Ariel Sharon and defeated the massive army in a short time. He graduated from the Technion Technology Institute in 1978 and completed a master’s degree at USC three years later, and he decided to go into real estate deals as a broker two years later. Adam Milstein has helped purchase many luxury commercial and large condominium properties as Managing Partner at Hager Pacific Properties, and he’s also been responsible for financing deals between buying clients and big banks. But one of his most important investments has been in Jewish-American communities through the Milstein Family Foundation.
Adam Milstein and his wife Gila believe in three parts to their philanthropy. The first is active philanthropy and making sure they are out in the field helping each organization they support. The second is path-life impact which means every age group of Jewish-Americans is important to their education and activist plans. And finally they believe in philanthropic synergy which goes across political and religious divides to involve social leaders, rabbis and other donors in the foundation’s causes. Milstein is currently the Chairman of the Israeli-American Council and is also on the board of AIPAC.