Adam Milstein is a real estate investor who lives in Southern California. He owns his company, HagerPacific, and has been investing in properties across the United States since the 1980s. He is also a writer whose commentaries appear in several publications, including the Times of Israel blog which is widely read in Israel, Europe, and North America. His most recent article talks about the challenges faced by the State of Israel and Jewish-Americans and how leaders need to be identified and supported in the younger generations.
One of the big challenges Adam Milstein wrote about in this article as the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement. He says this movement seeks to destroy Israel as well as separate Jewish people in America from those who live in Israel. He wrote that in order to meet this very difficult challenge it will require really good leaders in the Jewish community across the United States. These people need to be identified and then both encouraged and supported. He hearkens back to earlier leaders such as Mordechai Anielewicz who was a leader fighting the Nazis during the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. Or Colonel Mickey Marcus who was a military leader for the United States during World War II and then moved to Israel in 1948 where he became this nation’s first modern-day general.
Milstein says that as a pro-Israel activist and philanthropist he comes across young Jewish-American’s all the time who are passionate about causes they believe in. He says they are also innovative and not afraid to work hard to achieve great things. Many of them he comes across at Birthright which is one of the nonprofits Adam Milstein has created and funded. At Birthright, he shows them why it is so important to raise children who are proud of their heritage and being Jewish.
He also points out that being a leader is tough. Adam Milstein says that the great ones face a lot of difficult decisions as well as isolation and sometimes ridicule. As an example he brings up Jabotinsky who received condemnation from some for working to establish the nation of Israel for Jewish people.