A lot has been made about today’s press and whether or not it can be trusted, and perhaps more so because of the battles President Trump has had with it. But Israeli-American businessman, philanthropist and author Adam Milstein also has had a few things to say about bias in the press. Part of what he mentioned in a recent Jerusalem Post article was that misinformation was disseminated by the Washington Post and New York Times on the protests along Israel’s border when the embassy was moved to Jerusalem earlier this year. Furthermore, they failed to cover the radical antisemitic actions of Adolf Hitler which Milstein mentions could have saved lives in the Holocaust. He calls for more accountability in the media because readers can be greatly affected if there are even a few omissions or misrepresentation of facts.
Adam Milstein is probably most dedicated to building a strong Jewish-American community where Israeli-Americans have a strong voice and are in constant connection with people back in Israel. Milstein was born in Israel and still travels back there frequently. He served in the Israeli Defense Forces during the 1970s including fighting under Ariel Sharon in the Yom Kippur War. Milstein married Gila Elgrably in the years after, and he later moved his family to the US to complete graduate school and begin his professional career. He would eventually build a real estate investment firm along with his partners David Hager and Robert Neal known as Hager Pacific Properties. The firm has a large amount of assets under management in five-star commercial and residential properties located in California, Texas, Illinois and Wisconsin.
Adam Milstein made philanthropy and activism a huge part of his activities in 2000 when he and Gila began their foundation. A program that has been long running at the foundation is Sifriyat Pijama B’America, a beginner’s guide to Hebrew. Adam Milstein also founded the Israeli-American Council and became Chairman in 2007, and through this organization he’s built a platform for Jews all over the world to take part in various support Israel activities. Groups the IAC partners with have included AIPAC, StandWithUs, Hillel Mason, Birthright Israel and Hasbara Fellowships.