Adam Milstein: Israeli Veteran, Entrepreneur And Influential Philanthropist

Adam Milstein has become a well-known leader in the Jewish American community and works hard to promote peace and unity between Israel and the US. He’s a Managing Partner at Hager Pacific Properties, a real estate investment company he cofounded back in the 1980s and also the Chairman of the Israeli-American Council. Other non-profits that he serves on the boards of are Hillel International, Jerusalem U, StandWithUs, AIPAC, and Birthright Israel. Just this last year he was named to the Jerusalem Post’s Top 50 Most Influential Jews list along with names like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Senator Chuck Schumer. Ideamensch also interviewed Milstein to find out more about his work at Hager Pacific Properties.


Adam Milstein told Ideamensch that he and David Hager founded Hager Pacific Properties after deciding that commercial real estate brokering was the most fitting career choice. What he loves about real estate is the challenge of not knowing what a given day could bring or how the market will flow as it keeps him on his toes. Milstein prefers not to set too many goals for himself because he feels they limit what he can do, and he also is willing to go out all on his own to get something done. He did say that as more assets have been accumulated that it’s brought more structure to his work, and that his philanthropy has also been important in this area.


Adam Milstein is the oldest of three sons raised in Israel by parents who migrated there back when it was established in 1948. He served in the military during the 1973 Yom Kippur War under Ariel Sharon’s command, and when that was complete he attended the Technion, Israeli Institute of Technology where he got his bachelor’s in business and economics. He also married Gila Elgrably and spent a few years working with his father in building framing, then after relocating to the US he completed graduate school at USC and helped found Hager Pacific Properties. He and Gila founded the Milstein Family Foundation in 2000 and not long after started a Hebrew learning program for Jewish families across the globe.

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