My Two Shekels

Stories and reflections from Federation's President and CEO, Michael Jeser, about his own Jewish journeys, Federation's impact, and Jewish communities worldwide.

My Two Shekels: Confronting COVID-19 and Cancer

This is such an awkward time. A frightening time. Our world is faced with an unprecedented public health crisis that places the lives and livelihoods of so many at risk. Jewish institutions wrestle with significant short-term challenges and are considering how this pandemic will impact them …

My Two Shekels: Kvelling

Before I kvell and share about this past weekend’s incredible OPTIONS event, I wanted to share a few community updates of note:

  1. We were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of both Jim Lewis and Gayle Slate this week. Both were longtime Federation supporters and compassionate commu…

My Two Shekels: I Hate to Talk About Anti-Semitism

I have struggled with what to write as we usher in the first days of 2020.  I see many social media shares about people’s deepest hopes for a meaningful, healthy, and successful New Year.  And yet, the Jewish community is once again confronted by an assault on its people at an alarming r…

My Two Shekels: My Battle With Cancer

What I am about to share is something that I have been public about since 2017. Only because of a change in circumstances have I found the need to, once again, talk about my battle with cancer. Although Federation leadership and professional staff have been ‘in the loop,’ I felt it was…

My Two Shekels: Let the JCC Maccabi Games Begin

One of my fondest memories from early in my career is serving as the Maccabi Game Director for the JCC of Greater Boston. During those years, we saw our delegation grow from 17 to 75 athletes in just 3 years. It was the first program for which I ever solicited a contribution!

In the fourth …