Ten years after its founding, the Israeli-American Council is going stronger than ever. The organization now has 15 regional offices nationwide after opening five new location in recent months. The IAC is the fastest growing Jewish heritage organization not just in the United States, but the world. It supports more than 250,000 active members.
The Israeli-American Council is the brainchild of Adam Milstein. He was born in Haifa, Israel, in 1952 and grew to manhood there. At age 19 he entered service with the Israeli Defense Forces and saw action in the 1973 Yom Kippur War. He served under General Ariel Sharon in the Egypt campaign.
After graduating from college and marrying the love of his life, Gila, the Milstein’s immigrated to the United States. There Adam earned an MBA at the University of Southern California and entered the world of real estate development and investment. Today he is a managing partner with Hager pacific Properties.
Financial success in his career prompted Adam Milstein to look for ways he could give back to the two countries he loves — Israel and the United States. He also had a keen desire to help others, like he and his wife, who at first struggled with the transition of becoming American citizens after an Israeli upbringing.
That’s part of what the Israeli-American Council is all about. Many observers have stated that the organization has had a “significant and transformative impact” on the lives of Israeli-American people and those of Jewish heritage. The IAC sponsors Israeli Festivals around the country and regularly trains community leaders who work to further the goals of the organization.
The fundamental mission of the Israeli-American Council is to build an “engaged and united Israeli-American community” that bolsters people of Jewish heritage. It helps with manny aspects of life, from education and career, to community cohesion, networking and striving to keep ties strong between the two countries.
For Adam Milstein the IAC is a labor of love. He also founded the Adam Milstein Foundation which provides an array of supportive programs for Israeli and Jewish people across America.