In November, the IAC (Israeli American Community), held the biggest conference in the community’s history, in the nation’s capital. The third national conference brought together over 2,100 Jewish-Americans and Israeli-Americans of all backgrounds and ages. They were alongside their dynamic leaders, lawmakers across the political divide and the thinkers to change the Jewish life conversation. The three-day conference was proof that this community is getting stronger than before. In 2014, total attendance was 650, in 2015 it was 1,300 and over 2,000 this year.
What is Fuelling the Rapid Growth?
According to Adam Milstein, the conference has not been building an organization but rather a movement that is entirely rooted in the new identity of Israeli-American. Before the IAC was founded, this identity was lacking but it exists now and members proudly embrace it. It shows that the members are proud of their new home America and remain deeply connected to their Jewish homeland (Israel).
IAC has over the last three years grown from only Los Angeles to ten regional councils that have activities in about 27 states and engage over 250,000 Americans with a Israeli descent in the nation. The Israeli-Americans are slowly becoming a bridge between the American and Israeli people. They are part of a pillar of the Jewish American community’s strength and no longer at its fringes. Adam believes that the IAC is creating a movement that will last for many generations to come to change the Jewish future.
About Adam Milstein
Adam is the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation’s co-founder where he offers philanthropic and charitable services to a number of organizations. This is meant to strengthen the Israel state, Jewish people and relationship of US-Israel. These philanthropic services include partnership development, fund raising and consulting to offer support to programs in areas of Jewish continuity, Pro-Israel advocacy and Jewish education.
Milstein’s philanthropic operation philosophy is made up of three principles. Active philanthropy; where the foundation and staff invest time and expertise and not just financial resources alone in every project, organization and program. Life path impact; Adam seeks, funds and develops the organizations that help their targets through the many stages of life. Philanthropic synergy; he provides guidance and funding to help philanthropic organizations in amplifying their impact by forming partnerships with other non-profit entities.