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: 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…

My Two Shekels: Mission Accomplished


In my last Two Shekels, I alluded to the upcoming visit to San Diego of the new Mayor of Sha’ar HaNegev, Ofir Libstein. Our Israel & Overseas Committee Chair, Larry Acheatel, recaps his exciting and productive visit below. Larry has been instrumental in the building of our partnership wit…

My Two Shekels: Connecting San Diego to Israel


As you know, a pillar of our Federation work is connecting San Diego to Israel. We do this both by bringing San Diegans to Israel and by bringing Israel to San Diego.  

Examples of our work bringing Israel to San Diego include our annual Celebrate Israel Fest, which attracts nearly 4,000…

My Two Shekels: “Sha’ar HaNegev is Beautiful, When it isn’t on Fire!”


I spent 14 of the best years of my life in Jewish summer camp. Those years cemented my Jewish identity and set me on a course for a rewarding career as a Jewish communal professional. In fact, I always thought I would be a Camp Director and am frequently jealous as I watch my childhood camp…