The IAC’s Third Annual Conference: Embracing a New Identity, Building a Movement and Changing Jewish Future

October 11, 2016 -     By: Adam Milstein Last month, in our nation’s capital, the Israeli-American Council (IAC) hosted the largest gathering of the Israeli-American community in history. The IAC’s Third Annual National conference brought together more than 2,100 Israeli-Americans and Jewish-Americans of all ages and backgrounds, alongside dynamic

Jerusalem Post 50 Most Influential Jews: Number 39 – Adam Milstein

October 10, 2016 -     As co-founder of the Israeli-American Council based in California, Adam Milstein’s mission has been to strengthen and support the State of Israel and the Jewish people, as well as the US-Israel relationship. The IAC has been doing so by connecting American Jewry (about 5.5 million) and the Israeli-American community in the US (about half a mi

The Bizrael Bridge to Israeli Tech and Entrepreneurial Innovation

September 22, 2016 -     The Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation proudly supports Bizrael, which organizes professional business trips to connect people with Israel’s leading startups, international companies, academia, and other key players behind the Startup Nation. Below, Co-founder and Director Jason Weiss shares how Bizrael harnesses the

Congressman Brad Sherman’s Letter to UCLA Chancellor Gene Block in defense of Milan Chatterjee

September 12, 2016 -     Dear Chancellor Block, I am writing you to express serious concern over the ongoing campaign to defame the UCLA law student, Milan Chatterjee, who served as the Graduate Student Association (GSA) President in this past academic year. As a result of the unanimous decision of the GSA cabinet, Mr. Chatterjee, stipulated to the "Diversity Caucus&q

Empowering the Israeli-American Identity

September 6, 2016 -     Ten years ago, I was both an Israeli and an American. Now, I’m an Israeli-American. Embracing this unique hybrid identity makes all the difference in the world for more than a million people living in America. A decade ago, Israeli-Americans were, at best, afterthoughts within the Jewish American community. Even though we had US passports, bu

My Personal Philanthropic Journey: Why giving is the greatest joy of all

August 18, 2016 -     The Talmud tells us: “More than the calf wants to suckle; the cow wants to nurse.” For people who are actively involved in philanthropy, this makes a lot of sense. They know that the donor often ends up receiving as much, if not more, than the people and organizations that they support. Jewish laws of charity, or Tzedakah, obligates us

Living in the Diaspora

August 3, 2016 -     What Israeli-Americans can learn from American Jews. Israeli schoolchildren hold the Israeli and American flags. (photo credit:REUTERS) Over the past decade, American Jewry has emerged as perhaps the strongest Jewish community in the history of the Diaspora. Their story of success is nothing short of inspiring. Jews began arriving in large numbers

Universal Jewish Wisdom: Building Partnerships – a personal story

July 30, 2016 -     Pirkei Avot teaches us to “קנה לך חבר” — “acquire a friend.” This Talmud verse is counter-intuitive. Friendship is a unique kind of relationship that money could never buy. When you look deeper, you come to appreciate that the true meaning of “acquire a friend” is the importance of investing in frie

Don’t shoot yourself in the foot by applying too soon

July 20, 2016 -     When you read this, you might realize this story is about you. Please forgive me. I have the utmost respect for you and your work. However, this lesson is just too valuable not to share. Last month, I was approached by a group of professionals who had a simple yet brilliant idea: They needed $150,000 in order to create a high-quality program that w

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Israel’s July 1976 Raid on Entebbe: The State of Israel ensures that “Never Again” remains a reality

July 18, 2016 -     Seventy years ago, in the wake of the Holocaust, the Jewish people took a vow: Never Again! After the Nazis murdered six million Jews, we came to recognize that we only have ourselves to rely upon for our defense. In today’s tumultuous world, the sole guarantor of Jewish safety is a strong Israeli military. Jews around the world facing mortal