Entries by Elena Yacov

The 21st Century Solomon’s Sling: A New Vision for Impact Philanthropy to Combat Antisemitism

Originally published in eJewishPhilanthropy on July 3, 2019. By Adam Milstein “United we stand, divided we fall.” This common phrase is used to promote unity and collaboration but is often difficult to implement in the world of advocacy, philanthropy, and nonprofits. For instance, many pro-Israel organizations act to achieve similar – sometimes redundant – goals. […]

Antisemitism is Anti-American: Now is the Time to Go on the Offense Against Hate!

This article was originally published in the Jerusalem Post on January 27, 2019. Antisemitism is the world’s oldest hatred, cultivated across cultures, continents, and centuries by people with many different agendas. It led to the enslavement of Jews in Egypt, forced expulsion during the Spanish Inquisition, pogroms in Poland and Soviet Russia, genocide in Nazi Germany, and […]

Milstein family launches second annual Innovation Competition

(January 8, 2019 / JNS) The foundation belonging to Israeli-American philanthropists Adam and Gila Milstein announced recently the 2019 Milstein Family Foundation Innovation Competition. “We are looking for a never-been-done-before, out-of-the-box, pro-Israel initiative on campus and beyond—be it showing positive aspects of Israel, strengthening the U.S.-Israel alliance or fighting anti-Israel forces,” according to a poster announcing the second […]

Antisemites Seek to Destroy Us

Last Saturday, we witnessed the deadliest attack on American Jews in history. Eleven members of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh were violently murdered because they were Jewish. I was shocked by this horror, but I was not surprised. Antisemitism is as old as the Jewish story itself. We honor the victims of the […]

Adam Milstein Named One of World’s 100 Most Influential Philanthropists

October 29, 2018 01:19 PM Eastern Daylight Time LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–This week, Adam Milstein was named one of the world’s 100 Most Influential Philanthropists by London-based publication Richtopia in coordination with the social media ranking system Rise.Global. “By embracing the principles of active philanthropy, funding projects with an eye to their life-path impact, and looking to build synergies between […]

L.A. Teens at Yom NCSY, Club Z Launch Event

Original article in the Jewish Journal BY RYAN TOROK | PUBLISHED AUG 10, 2018  Thirty-eight Jewish teens from Los Angeles were among about 2,500 NCSY summer program participants who attended Yom NCSY, an evening of celebration and inspiration at the Latrun Tank Museum in Israel on July 25. Many of the L.A. youths traveled with the Anne Samson Jerusalem […]

The Grave Danger of Media Bias

Misinformation matters because media outlets have great power. They shape the way we understand the world and, ultimately, drive our behavior. This past May, the Los Angeles Times ran the headline “A Baby Girl Dies in the Haze of Gaza,” which told a story about eight-month-old Palestinian Layla Ghandour, who was allegedly killed by inhaling tear gas […]

2018 Milstein Family Foundation Campus Allies Mission to Israel

The Milstein Family Foundation Campus Allies Mission, which is open only to those who have not been to Israel and are not eligible for Birthright Israel, is designed for pro-Israel political activists and student leaders who are non-Jewish. The Milstein Family Foundation Campus Allies Mission, which is open only to those who have not been […]

From Auschwitz to America: Lessons from Europe’s Killing Fields

Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it. This month, we had the privilege to learn more about the devastating and cruel truths of the Holocaust. We traveled to six countries – the Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Germany – with 100 leading American philanthropists and scholars, and together, we […]