Tuesday, May 17th | 16 Iyyar 5782

The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2020


Sylvan Adams


Canadian philanthropist and former real estate developer Sylvan Adams is a recent immigrant to Israel, where he has been busy helping to improve the public relations image of the world’s only Jewish state. Billionaire Adams is determined to show the “normal Israel” that flourishes in the country’s sports, arts and lifestyle scenes. “My experience with first-time visitors to Israel, they’re almost universally shocked and surprised because Israel is not what they expected,” Adams has said. “They come here and they see the country is open, tolerant, liberal, democratic, and most of all, safe.” Among Adams’ successes was starting the 2018 Giro d’Italia cycle race in Israel, marking the first time that the famous race has begun outside of European territory. (Photo: Wikimedia / Creative Commons License)


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