Adam Milestien’s parents were immigrants to Israel when they met. His mother was from Mexico and his father from Argentina. They taught him to work hard and be proud of where he came from. He served during the Yum Kippur War and then enrolled in college, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business and economics. Throughout this time he also married Gila Elgrably and helped his father grow their real-estate business and in 1981 they moved to the United States so that Adam Milestien could persue a master’s degree from the University of Southern California (USC).
He continued with his passion in real-estate but also began to realize his true calling was in philanthropy. In response to this passion, Adam and Gila have created the Milestien Foundation that does various charity work including supporting their cultural background, reminding Israel-Americans that they can be proud of who they are and where they came from.
One event that the Milestien Foundation has created is the “Inspired by Israel” contest. There were eighty contestants and ten of them will go on to have their presentation given in front of an elite panel of judges including Gila Milestien, Tribe Media Journalist David Suissa, and StandWithUs Executive Director Michael Dickson. The contest will provide over twenty thousand dollars in prizes, including an eight thousand dollar grand prize. Last year, the program provided over 500,000 views to their cause and the winning theme was “Superman’s Got Nothing on Israel.”
With each program’s success we are one step closer as a world united.