Adam Mistein on Active Philanthropy

While many parents get credit for changing their children’s lives, Adam Milstein says that it worked the other way in his family. Adam was a real estate developer and a non-practicing Jew. When his daughters got old enough that they started to date, they both became interested in men who were not Jews. When Adam discussed this problem with his daughters, they asked him why it was important to him that they marry within the faith. Adam admits that he did not have a good answer, according to an article published on Jewish News Society.

Adam discussed the problem with his business partner who told him about ma’aser which is similar in many ways to the Christian practice of tithing. As Adam started giving away 10 percent of his income, he started seeing amazing things happen in his life. Then, he met h Aish HaTorah who helped to deepen his faith.

Soon, Adam co-founded the Israel-American Council. Adam freely talks with anyone who will listen about his conviction on tax evasion as he hopes that they do not make the same mistake.

Today, Adam spends about 80 percent of his time doing active philanthropy. He and his wife operate the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation. He says that writing a check is easy. It is not, however, until you start meeting the people that you are helping that things become real. One requirement for getting funds from his foundation is that you give part of the money you receive away to another organization.

Adam Milstein says that by forcing people to bond together everyone benefits in the end. For example, Adam and Gila founded the Campus Allies Mission to Israel and the Campus Allies to encourage young college students to become pro-Israel. Adam points out that being pro-Israel as a college student is not easy because these students are often bullied. In return, his foundation gave money to American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) on the condition that some of the college students would be invited to attend the annual conference. When the students attended, they then became personal friends with Jewish students learning that they were not so different from each other.

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