The Jerusalem Post ranked Adam Milstein as the 39th of the 50 most influential Jews. The inclusion in the list means that Milstein has in the past year influenced the world in a positive manner, and is expected to do the same in the coming years. He is not only a leader in leading Jewish organization but also an activist and philanthropist. Some of the organizations he is involved with are; Hasbara Fellowships, StandWithUs, Birthright Israel, Stand by Me, Israeli on Campus Coalition and AIPAC National Council. Milstein is also the chairman and co-founder of Israeli-American Council (IAC).
On the list are politicians like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. There is Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Supreme Court Justices), Charles Schumer (U.S senator) philanthropists Ron Lauder, Lynn Schusterman, Haim Saban and Sheldon Adelson. Prominent Jewish personalities like Malcolm Hoenlein and Natan Sharansky were in the list while entertainers Sarah Silverman and Gal Gadot were also included. Adam stated that he was honored to be on the list alongside other prominent Jewish figures.He was grateful to his wife Gila, the IAC and many other organizations which were working with them to make an impact in the world. He stated that the award portrayed the achievements made by the Israeli – American community over the years.
Adam, together with his wife, founded the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation. The primary function of the foundation is to offer charitable services to many organizations, geared towards strengthening Israelis, the Israeli State and improve US-Israel relationships. The foundation provides philanthropic services in many different ways: raising funds to support programs like Jewish education, partnership with other organization and consultations.
Adam Milstein was born in 1952 in Haifa, Israel, the son of Eva Milshtein and Hillel Milshtein. His mother immigrated to Israel from Mexico while his father immigrated from Argentina. In 1971, Adam joined the Israeli Defense Forces (mandatory service) and served during the Yom Kippur War in 1973. He then joined Technion where he earned a degree in Bachelor of Science in Business and Economics upon graduation in 1978. He married Gila Elgrably in 1974, and together they have three kids. The family moved to the United States in 1981. After receiving a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California, Milstein started working as a sales agent in Commercial real estate.