The Israeli-American Council’s annual conference is held this month, and in the days leading up to it the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA) caught up with Chairman and President of the IAC, Adam Milstein. Milstein has spent many years in both Israel, his home country and America, and one thing he’s been working on is helping Jewish Americans understand more about the nation of Israel, but also helping Israelis in Israel understand a little more about their Jewish American counterparts. His two main foundations at the Milstein Family Foundation and the IAC have put out quite a bit of information about the cultures.
One thing Adam Milstein said is that there are actually three different groups at work within the bridge between the Jewish community of America and the nation of Israel, and that third group is those who’ve come from Israel after it was established in 1948. They’ve been looked at as rejects by Israelis back home, and also couldn’t quite fit into the already established Jewish American community of America. What he has done through the Milstein Family Foundation is to help this group find their identity in the US, extend their hand to the Jewish community and thereby help forge ties through philanthropy and educating people about the state of Israel. And he’s also helped Jewish Americans understand better why Israel’s citizens do what they do politically, and also helps Israelis better understand where American Jews are coming from. The Milsteins have even sponsored trips for young Jewish Americans to see life in Israel. To know more about him click here.
Adam Milstein and his wife established their foundation back in 2000. They had met back in the 1970s while Adam was serving Israel during the Yom Kippur War, and after being married and Adam’s completion of his bachelor’s at the Technion, the Milsteins relocated to the US and started a real estate company known as Hager Pacific Properties. As part of their endeavors to connect with American Israelis and the Jewish Community, they sponsored cultural events and also have had a Hebrew learning program to teach families about. They also have started pro-Israel video creation competitions through the StandWithUs Foundation.