2017 MFF monthly newsletter
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"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."
-Winston Churchill
We are very excited to announce the winners of the first-ever Milstein Meme competition ! Over the course of 14 days, more than 110 people from a dozen countries on six continents submitted over 300 memes, which received over 16,000 votes during the weeklong voting period. Stay tuned for the next meme competition, which will run this fall.
This newsletter includes an article from Adam about how Israeli-Americans can be a game-changer in solving problems facing the Jewish American community, a feature written in the Jewish Journal about how Adam and Gila are making it easier for non-profits and philanthropists to connect, what you can expect at the upcoming IAC National Conference, and how one of the MFF’s extraordinary partners, Students Supporting Israel, is making waves on college campuses across America.
With sincere love and admiration for Israel and the Jewish people,
Gila and Adam Milstein
Winning Memes from Summer '17 Contest
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At a time of growing challenges, “Israeliness” offers the Jewish community game-changing solutions
Adam discusses an innovative solution to the multifaceted challenges facing the Jewish community—from antisemitism on the right and left, to assimilation and marriage, to a lack of understanding about Israel among young American Jews.
The answer is Israeliness: the power of Israeli-Americans to serve as a living bridge between American Jews and Israelis, to engage the next generation, and to fight antisemitism and the BDS movement. It is why, as an American organization rooted in a profound and rich connection to Israel, the Israeli-American Council can unlock many of the doors that separate Jewish Americans from their connection to Israel. 

Written by Adam Milstein
Originally featured in  The Jewish Journal
Join us for a community celebration as we strengthen the connection between Jews in Israel, America, and around the world. The conference will feature a wide range of prominent leaders in journalism, business, academia, politics, philanthropy and culture, including Ron Prosor, Israel’s former Ambassador to the United Nations; Miri Ben-Ari, Grammy-award winning violinist and humanitarian, and Dr. Dan Ariely, behavioral economics professor named one of the Top 50 Influential Thinkers by Bloomberg.

The IAC has seen dramatic growth throughout the years, and our conferences show it, growing from 750 attendees at the first conference in 2014 to an expected 3,000 attendees at this year’s event. By bringing together top policymakers, key communal leaders, and respected thinkers, we will foster dialogue and unity within the Jewish community.

Join us for #IACinDC from November 3 to 6 at the Washington, DC Convention Center.

Adam and Gila Milstein are using their expertise to innovate the philanthropic landscape. Earlier this year, with the help of friends, they started The Donor Forum, a private, flexible and efficient model to connect pro-Israel donors with pro-Israel causes. Steering Committee members vote on organizations that get to present to the forum.
The Milsteins choose causes with potential and donors with heart to ensure that these monthly lunches are productive for philanthropists and non-profits. So far, it has helped many causes received much-needed funding. 

Read More here
Featured Grantee: Students Supporting Israel
Students Supporting Israel (SSI) empowers students at universities around the world to advocate for Israel. Since its’ founding in 2012 at the University of Minnesota, this grassroots movement has grown rapidly and today has 50 chapters and over 600 members across the United States and Canada.
Students Supporting Israel provides a clear and confident Pro-Israel voice on college campuses and supports students in grassroots Pro-Israel advocacy.
With the support and mentorship of the Adam and Gila Milstein Foundation, SSI has expanded its chapters and membership and widened its reach as a national student movement. The MFF proudly supports the SSI Movement as we work together to change the conversation on campuses about Israel at the grassroots level. 

The Mission of  The Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation  ("MFF") is to strengthen the State of Israel, the homeland of the Jewish People, and its special ties with the United States of America; and to ensure the special affinity to the State of Israel of the young and future Jewish generations.