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: 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 …

My Two Shekels: Double Your Impact TODAY

Elaine Galinson understands the impact that a strong Federation can make on Jewish children, youth, teens, adults, and seniors. A longtime supporter, Elaine embraces Federation’s vision of caring for Jews in need wherever they are, building Jewish community and strengthening Jewish identi…

My Two Shekels: What have YOU done?


During these Yamim Nora’im (Days of Awe), many of us fill the sanctuaries of our congregations and communities to usher in the Jewish New Year and undergo a Heshbon HaNefesh (accounting of the soul). During this time, we look at our past and imagine an even better future.

In the spirit o…