Adam Milstein was born in Haifa, Israel, in 1952. His parents had immigrated to Israel from Mexico and Argentina, respectively, and had married in 1950. Their son Adam Milstein would grow up to be an important voice, speaking for their new country in an often-hostile world.
With his two younger siblings, Yehoshua and Dalit, Adam Milstein spent most of his early years in the city of KiryatMotzkin. In 1971, he enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces and served in the Yom Kippur War in 1973. This was a conflict that resulted when an alliance of Arab Muslim nations attempted to seize control of the Sinai peninsula and the Golan Heights from Israel. The war received a lot of international attention because it was, in part, an extension of the cold war between the United States and the Soviet Union. The United States backed Israel, while the Soviet Union backed the Arab states. In the end, the Arab nations were completely defeated, in spite of having superior numbers and the backing of a superpower. This lopsided victory tells us that the Israeli forces must have been made up of some exceptional fighters, of which Mr. Milstein was one. He fought in Egypt under the command of then-general Ariel Sharon, participating in the most dramatic moments of the conflict.
After doing his mandatory service in the IDF, Adam Milstein enrolled in the Technion, which is the Israeli Institute of Technology, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in business and economics in 1978. Shortly after this, he went into real estate, where he prospered greatly. In 1981, he and his family moved to the United States, where they have also prospered in real estate. he received a Master’s Degree in business administration from the University of Southern California in 1983.
Throughout all this, he has remained a passionate activist advocating for the interests of his birth country. He and his wife started the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, an organization which seeks to connect young Jewish people with their roots and heritage in a positive and educational way. He is founder and chairman of the Israeli-American Council, and is involved in a number of other Israel advocacy groups such as StandWithUs, Israel On Campus Coalition, Hasbara Fellowships, Jewish Funder’s Network, Birthright Israel, and numerous others. He has used these connections to combat anti-Israel propaganda at all levels of society, serving as a bridge between two nations that were destined to share a common historical bond and more