Adam Milstein is excited about what young Jewish-Americans are coming to realize about Israel and their connection to it. He’s Chairman of the Israeli-American Council (IAC) and is connected with many other non-profits. After seeing the IAC’s annual conference this last fall, he noticed a lot of young people engaging in conversations about Israel and patriotism towards it. Most Jewish-Americans and expatriated Israelis weren’t usually giving much thought to Israel some 20 years ago because of distance and what they perceived as a major cultural divide between Israelis living in the nation and those abroad. But the IAC, AIPAC and others are starting to change that attitude through educational initiatives and activities that make Israeli-Americans and Jews feel they’re truly connected to the homeland again.
Adam Milstein says there are three things that bind him and his target groups to Israel and bring unity. He says the first is Israeliness, which includes a deep pride and satisfaction in Israel’s heritage and culture, but also the idea that all Jews and Israelis look out for each other no matter their differences. The second is supporting Israel unconditionally even if you don’t agree with all of its policies and taking a stand against anti-Israeli laws or organizations. The third is the idea that everyone can think outside the box and learn from each other on how life can be. It’s a two-way street with Israeli-Americans integrating into the established Jewish-American community, but also the Israeli-Americans bringing new perspective into it.
Adam Milstein has lived in both Israel and the US and did his military service while still in Israel and fighting in the Yom Kippur War which brought about a major defeat of the Egyptian forces. He has a bachelor’s degree from the Technion, a background in building framing and currently is in real estate at Hager Pacific Properties, a major luxury property broker. His career there has consisted of arranging the financing of property purchases and mediating deals between clients. Along with being Chairman of the IAC and it’s partners, Adam Milstein is also involved with StandWithUs and 12 Tribe Films which have started the annual Inspired By Israel video competition. He’s also an author for the Jerusalem Post and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. His facebook page