Many Israelis call in the United States home, in fact, United States citizenship is called “Every Israelis dream” according to some. Over 87,000 Israelis have become citizens in the United States. Just why is becoming a citizen so important to the average Israeli today?
Due to the political instability in Israel and the constant change in the atmosphere amongst the business sector, many Israelis are seeking to move to the United States and pursue a better future. Most Israelis will start off with a tourist visa. Soon after arriving in the U.S. there will be efforts to become a naturalized citizen. Although many Israeli seek United States citizenship due to the economic pressures that are going on in Israel, the leaders of the Jewish community have invested millions of dollars to create educational opportunities for its citizens. Such creations are an attempt at bringing home those Israelis that have left and traveled abroad for a better education and a better opportunity at success.
But there are natives of Israel that arrived in the United States and have made a great example of what perseverance and dedication can earn. Such a person is Adam Milstein. Born in Israel, Adam Milstein graduated from the Israeli University in 1978. His next step would be to arrive in the United States. After his arrival, Adam received his MBA from the University of Southern California. Not forgetting his roots, Adam Milstein is active in the philanthropic community for those back home in Israel. Such philanthropic work has its focus on invigorating the Jewish people and the state of Israel. As being a managing partner with Hager Pacific Properties, Mr. Milstein is entrusted with the financial aspects along with managing the property of the company.
At the point of success, there are many who decide to give back to their native land. Adam Milstein noticed the philanthropic works of one of his colleagues and this is what sparked an interest in him to do the same for his community. He and his wife founded the Adam & Gina Milstein Family Foundation and Sifriyat Pijama B’America. This foundation was created to bring a closer unity between the United States and Israel
Thor Halvorssen is a human right activist from Venezuela. He is credited with the foundation of Human Rights Foundation and Oslo Freedom Forum. Other than activism, Thor is a film producer and lecturer of issues related to democracy and human trafficking. Thor Halvorssen was born in Venezuela 40 years ago but had to free after he unveiled corruption in the Venezuelan government. His love for human rights is a virtue that was instilled in him by his father and his late mother. His parents came from loyalty as his mother was a relative of the first president of Venezuela while his dad was from a line of Norwegian kings.
Some of the issues that Thor Halvorssen opposes are human trafficking, slavery, and threats to democracy. He founded the Human Right Foundation in the year 2005, and since then, he has worked with some of the best human right activists to have ever lived. He has worked with Vaclav Havel, Mart Laar as well as Garry Kasparov. To show that he is not power hungry, he has stepped down as the chairman of the human rights foundation several times to give other people the chance to lead. Thor Halvorssen is a critic of Ugandan dictator Yoweri Museveni for banning gay rights in the country. He is also a critic of Hugo Chavez. In the US, he has differed with some senators on some issues. These senators include Democrats John Conyers and Jose Serrano. He has also differed with the Republican Senator Jack Kemp.
One of his newest endeavors is directing films. Currently, he is working in the production of a movie called the Moon is a Harsh Mistress alongside another movie director called Bryan Singer. He is credited with the establishment of the Moving Picture Institute. His opinions have featured in several media outlets such as the New York Times, the Washington post, BBC, and Aljazeera. He constantly receives praise from the New York Times.
Some of the institutions that Thor Halvorssen has lectured at include the United Nations Association, the New York Junto, the American Enterprise Institute and the Harvard Law School. The peak of his career came when he spoke at the British parliament on issues of human rights.