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.

Our Resolutions to You

If you are anything like me, or like millions of others around the world, you recently made “New Year’s Resolutions” for 2019. While many Jews make resolutions to become better versions of ourselves around Rosh Hashanah, we get another bite of the proverbial apple and get to make amend…

Another Kind of Survivor

My daughter Eleanore turned 2 years old last week. We celebrated this milestone with a fun Coco-themed (the Disney movie) family gathering at our home. These days (normal ones and the celebrations) are so special. As my wife, Laura, and I continue to settle into our new home, we are simply o…

Standing with Survivors

By now, I hope you have heard about an upcoming effort to mobilize the community in support of San Diego’s remaining Holocaust Survivors. If not, you can read Brian Tauber's column from last week.  This blog post doesn’t substantively add more to that announcement, but talk of Holocaust…

Here’s What I Imagined…

Posts from the last few weeks have been heavy, haven’t they? Such devastation. Such sadness. We have all felt the weight of recent events and I had every intention of posting something more uplifting this week. 

I imagined writing about some of the conversations I have been having with …

11 Souls Taken. 11 Souls Lost.

As we all attempt to make sense out of last weekend’s tragedy in Pittsburgh, we feel both despair and hope. And we feel grateful to the thousands who gathered together at Congregation Beth Israel to stand together against hate. Below are the remarks I shared with the gathering. Please feel…