Israeli-American Council is the largest pro-Israeli organization in the United States. This organization holds an annual conference that brings together thousands of Jewish-Americans and Israeli-Americans. Prominent people grace the conferences among the Jewish community. The agenda is always to address issues surrounding Jewish life. The strength of the Israeli-American community is always the priority of this conference. The number of people attending this conference has been increasing over the years since 2014. The first conference only had 650 people, but now there are thousands of people attending.
Embracing the Jewish identity
Adam Milstein is the co-founder and the national chairman of the IAC. He says that the most important aspect of this organization is that it has become a movement that believes in the strengthening of the Jewish identity. Before the organization was started, very few people of Jewish origin were courageous enough to relate themselves to the Israeliness, but now, thousands of Israeli-Americans are proud to be associated with the Jewish community.
Facing challenges as a team
Adam Milstein believes that this organization is encouraging Israeli-Americans to show their love for America, while at the same time associating themselves with their motherland, Israel. Through the support of Milstein and others, IAC has grown its offices from the one in Los Angeles to 27 in different states. This organization has brought Israeliness into the United States, hence creating a bond between the Jews living in Israel and those in the United States. Adam Milstein wishes that both groups could speak with one voice on matters related to the community. There is growing concern over the delegitimization and anti-Semitism, issues that Milstein hopes can be dealt with through promotion of Jewish unity.
Strengthening the bond
Through the efforts of this organizations, the Israeli-American people have become a core pillar in promoting the relationship between Israeli and American people. This relation is making the lives of Israeli-Americans vibrant and preparing them to fight against anti-Semitism with one voice. IAC is a movement that will last for generations, judging by the foundation that is being laid by the current leadership led by Adam Milstein.
Adam Milstein writes a lot on philanthropy and social issues that Jewish-Americans deal with, and an article he wrote for the Times of Israel was about how creativity mixed with courage and pride are necessary especially today. Antisemitism is a major concern because today it is no longer just alternative right groups like neo-nazis who’ve been a part of it. It’s also come from the radical left and from people with ties or sympathy for the Muslim brotherhood or groups like BDS. These groups are not just militant terrorists; they’re also behind various activist groups at universities and have engaged in boycotts intended to harm Israel. But Adam Milstein says if Jews are ready to use journalism and organize in creative ways, he believes they can beat antisemitism. He says his fellow philanthropists Haim Saban and Sheldon Adelson are at work on this very thing right now.
Up until he turned 29, Adam Milstein lived in Haifa, Israel and his accomplishments included serving in the Israeli Defense Forces, getting his bachelor’s degree at the Technion and working in building framing and construction tasks with his father. He decided to move to the US later to get his master’s degree, and he went into real estate after completing it. He’s responsible for acquiring bank loans and investor capital and other property management aspects as managing partner of Hager Pacific Properties, a private real estate investment firm based in Los Angeles. After establishing his business career, Milstein began focusing a lot more on philanthropy and journalism.
Adam Milstein wants his philanthropy to be authentic, so he doesn’t just give financially to Jewish non-profits but is also involved in all of them on a personal level. The Israeli-American Council, where he is currently president and chairman is the primary base of his activism, and the largest audience it serves are campus groups. The activities conducted at these philanthropies include video production contests, trips to Israel, and forums where Israeli-Americans get a chance to connect with Israelis from Israel. In addition to the Times of Israel, Milstein also is an author at the Jerusalem Post, Jewish Telegraphic Agency and JNS.org.