On April 30, 2017, the panel of independent judges will announce the winners of the Inspired by Israel video competition. Each film has a pro-Israel message; the filmmaker shows how Israel inspires him or her. After 10 days of public voting, the panel will decide which films, which are hosted on the Israel Video Network, earn the top 10 prizes, including the $8,000 grand prize and the $4000 1st prize. The panel of judges includes the CEO of the Israeli-American Council, an Israel Hayom news anchor, the president of Students Supporting Israel, Gila Milstein and other prominent Jewish activists.
The Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation sponsored the contest in association with the 12Tribe Films Foundation. The Milstein Family Foundation’s mission is to inspire future Jewish generations to sustain the State of Israel and Israel’s ties to the United States.
Adam Milstein emigrated from Israel to the United States with his family in 1981 after serving in the Israeli Defense Forces during the Yom Kippur War and graduating from the Israeli Institute of Technology. After earning an MBA from USC, he settled in Encino and entered the commercial real estate sector. First, he worked as a broker and then Milstein started to invest in real estate, becoming partners with David Hager of Hager Pacific Properties.
In a recent article Milstein wrote for The Jerusalem Post, he wrote about rising anti-Semitism and how pro-Israel journalists are harassed. As an established pro-Israel activist, Milstein says the answer is to make people proud of their Jewish identity, which is why his foundation supports countless programs that encourage individuals to learn about their Jewish heritage and Israel’s history as a courageous nation. Examples of organizations supported by the Milstein Family Foundation include the Israeli-American Council, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Israel Allies Foundation and the Jewish National Fund. Adam Milstein also serves as a board member for various organizations engaged in pro-Israel advocacy.