Adam Milstein Talks About Characteristics That Define Jews In His Blog Post

Adam Milstein is a columnist who writes about more than just news for Israeli journalist organizations like the Jerusalem Post, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and the Times of Israel; he also offers his thoughts on how Jews and Israeli-Americans can become stronger together. In one of his latest blog posts he mentioned how back in the ancient world, a group of Jewish rebels known as the Maccabees threw off a tyrannical regime of Greek oppressors who had controlled the region in the years after Alexander the Great had conquered it. These Jews were outnumbered and had few weapons with which to fight these armies, but they used other skills and strategies to do it and were successful doing so.

Adam Milstein believes in today’s world, Jews can do the same thing to keep their culture strong for years to come, and it begins with parents instilling characteristics in their children. Those characteristics include courage like the kind the Maccabees had, pride in the nation of Israel and in one’s identity as a Jew, and passion in what you do whether its business, military service, political activism or other patriotism to the homeland. Milstein has spoken at conferences at AIPAC and hosted by the Israeli-American Council in which he has remarked that support and passion for the nation of Israel is higher than ever.

Adam Milstein is a dual citizen of both the US and Israel and prior to moving to the US in 1981 he served in the Yom Kippur War. His career has been in real estate since 1983 when he became a broker at a commercial property firm, and several years later he helped form a privately-owned firm with colleagues David Hager and Robert Neal known as Hager Pacific Properties. The company’s assets value billions in properties across California, Illinois and Texas.

Even though he had adopted American culture in some respects as a businessman and US citizen, Adam Milstein wanted to make sure that Israelis and Jews living in America could stay close to their roots and still be able to be involved with Israel, so that’s why he and his wife Gila started the Milstein Family Foundation. This foundation has been the partner for Jewish-American non-profits like AIPAC and the IAC, and it’s also supported a lot of college-based pro-Israel groups. Sifriyat Pijama B’America is also an important part of the foundation because its helped families learn Hebrew in an easy-to-understand method and teaches young children Jewish stories.

Susan McGalla Still Blazing Trails

Susan McGalla is still blazing trails after many years. When she was seated as CEO of American Eagle outfitters, she was one of the youngest CEOs and the first at that company.

McGalla had a particular goal in mind and never lost sight of it. And although she rarely saw women in the boardroom, she was determined to shatter that glass ceiling.

Born in Pittsburgh, McGalla was raised in a family that stressed the importance of hard work. She had two older brothers and a father football coach. She knew that her gender would get her no breaks. Her father insisted that she never allow her gender to be a stumbling block.

After graduating from Mount Union College, she immediately went to work for Joseph Horne Company. She worked in various marketing and management positions. After her work was done, she moved on to American Eagle Outfitters. She also worked in many positions and was finally installed as director of marketing.

A year later, she was promoted to company CEO.

American Eagle Outfitters saw record profits during her tenure.

McGalla says she was able to achieve such a level of success through hard work and determination. The lessons she learned while growing up are the same ones she carried into her career goals.

Today, she runs her own company — P3 Executive Consulting. Her firm offers professional services to companies in the form of mentoring, securing financing and marketing. She is also employed by the Pittsburgh Steelers organization as Director of Marketing.

McGalla says she is encouraged by the growing number of women in the boardroom, however, she says there is room for improvement. “The fact of the matter is, companies work better when they have gender diversity,” said McGalla.

She says more companies should encourage women to take on these leadership positions.