From Auschwitz to Pittsburgh – How Do We Respond to Rising Anti-Semitism?

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October 30, 2018 -     On Saturday, we witnessed the deadliest attack on American Jews in history. Eleven members of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh were murdered in cold blood because they were Jewish. Like many, I was shocked by this horror, but I was not surprised. The Jewish people have faced the lethal threat of Anti-Semitism for thousands of years — from Read More…

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

August 28, 2018 -     Original article in the Jewish Journal BY RYAN TOROK | PUBLISHED AUG 10, 2018  California teens took part in a recent NCSY trip to Israel. 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 J Read More…

The Grave Danger of Media Bias

August 21, 2018 -     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 b Read More…

2018 Milstein Family Foundation Campus Allies Mission to Israel

July 9, 2018 -     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 to Israel Read More…

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

June 29, 2018 -     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 tried to wra Read More…

Why Americans Are Celebrating Israel’s 70th

May 10, 2018 -     Both the US and Israel have withstood existential threats through courage and patriotism of their people. Israel’s 70th birthday on May 14th has brought a surge of pride across America, as we #Celebrate70. From the halls of Congress to hundreds of college campuses, to more than 16 Celebrate Israel Festivals in major cities from coast to coast, pe Read More…

Adam Milstein: Promoter of Israeliness

April 11, 2018 -     BY RYAN TOROK | PUBLISHED APR 11, 2018 | JUST ASKING Photo by Ryan Torok. Adam Milstein is a managing partner at Hager Pacific Properties but is probably best known as the co-founder and chairman of the Israeli-American Council (IAC), a national organization that engages Israeli Americans through a variety of programming, including annual Read More…

Milstein Fellows – Their AIPAC Story: Part 3

April 6, 2018 -     By attending the AIPAC conference, it gave me an insight into Israel of which I was never exposed. For the first time in my life, I became involved in politics. Now that I have experienced the Policy conference, I will now act differently in a way that will help strengthen the United States – Israel relationship. This conference showed me all of Read More…

Milstein Fellow – Their AIPAC Story: Part 2

April 6, 2018 -     AIPAC is more than just a conference. To me, AIPAC stands for passion, for life-long friendships, and for leadership. Having attended the conference last year, I was inspired to become a more active pro-Israel advocate on my campus, UC Berkeley. After attending several protests and standing up for Israel in many different ways, I decided to attend Read More…

Milstein Fellow – Their AIPAC Story: Part 1

April 6, 2018 -     This was my first time being at the AIPAC Policy Conference, and to me, it was one of the most significant experiences in my life. The reason being is my family history, and how I grew up. My parents and older sister are from the former Soviet Union, specifically Minsk in Belarus. They left to Israel in 1989, shortly after my sister was born. They Read More…