It is being called the most comprehensive Zionist collection ever published. The volume is titled, “The Zionist ideas: Visions for the Jewish Homeland.” It includes the names of more than 170 Jewish people who have shown extraordinary vision and leadership. Included among those elite 170 names is Adam Milstein.
Mr. Milstein is an Israeli-born American who immigrated to the U.S. in 1981. He launched a successful career in real estate development and investment based in California. He achieved enormous success and used the resulting personal financial resources he gained to give back to the people and nation he loves.
In the new publication, Adam Milstein offers an essay called, “Israeliness Is The Answer.” The piece was originally published in the Jerusalem Post. In it, he observes that too many young people have come disconnected from their Jewish faith. He said that the future of israel and all people of Jewish heritage is to get back to their roots.
As part of that effort, Adam Milstein supports a program called Birthright. This takes young American Jews on a 10-day trip to Israel so that they can absorb the culture of the Jewish Homeland in a personal way. It imparts what Adam Milstein calls “Israeliness” — a solid connection to their identity and a sense of importance in their place in the world.
Milstein was born in Haifa in 1952. Both his parents were early immigrants to the newly minted Jewish state in 1948. Adam Milstein grew to manhood and was conscripted into the Israeli Defence Forces at age 19. That was just in time for him to serve in the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and experience which had a lasting effect on the young Milstein.
After coming to America with his wife, Gila, in the early 1980s, Adam Milstein never forgot about his land of origin. For Milstein, his identity as a Jew and Israeli have been the prime foundational elements of his entire life.
In addition to co-founding the Israeli-American Council, Milstein also established a private foundation, the Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation, to provide aide and support to people of Israeli-Jewish heritage.
How much do you believe in your ideas? Do you believe in your innovations so much that you would take out $10 million in loans using all of your family’s property as collateral? That’s exactly what a young David Zalik did after finding success in college. The reclusive founder of GreenSky Credit has a crazy story of gambling his entire family’s real estate fortune on a simple idea.
Where It All Began
I stumbled into David’s story on Wikipedia. I then found more information on Forbes. The native Georgian likes to stay out of the limelight and even wears tattered hats and clothing. He keeps his billion-dollar company rather secret in a hard-to-find Atlanta office where they do some of the most amazing and simple work you could imagine.
David, like his father, was a math prodigy. His high school sent him to Auburn University at the age of 14 where he began to refurbish computers. He sold these computers to other students and his company quickly took off. He even started producing software.
Rise To Financial Fame
The founder of GreenSky Credit dropped out of college because he found so much success early on. Oddly enough, he did not graduate from high school or college before amassing his fortune. He started GreenSky Credit with $10 million in loans that he procured using his family’s Atlanta properties.
GreenSky Credit essentially makes a smartphone app. The app is designed for homeowners who want home improvements. The homeowner simply uploads a picture of their driver’s license to the app in order to automatically fill out the application for a loan. After providing a Social Security number and consent for a credit check, the homeowner clicks “Apply” to get a decision in seconds.
All Profit, No Risk
GreenSky Credit takes the loan to the bank which assumes the risk. The company then gets kickbacks from the contractors and the bank. Everyone is happy while GreenSky Credit profits with no further responsibility. And founder David Zalik has stayed away from outside investors as he’s accumulated over $2.5 billion in wealth.