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.

Moonshot, Pride & the Jews


On February 22, Israel proved itself, yet again, to be a true pioneer of innovation and technology. Millions around the world watched as the moon lander BERESHEET (Hebrew for “Creation”), built by the Israeli nonprofit organization SpaceIL, represented the very first Israeli spacecraft …

From Ethiopia - Realizing the Dream of Aliyah


Last Monday, 83 Ethiopian Jews landed at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, realizing their dream to move to our Jewish homeland. It was only last October that the Israel government approved a plan to bring 1000 members of the Ethiopian community to Israel as part of what is called Operation…

Celebrations & Remembrances


I turned 43 this past week. Birthdays are a time to celebrate and, for me, they are an occasion to look back at my life and at some of the events that helped to shape who I am as person.
 
My particular birthdate, January 28th, happens to fall around a time when we commemorate and recall s…

Strong Women

I’m blessed to have some very strong women in my life. My mother, Faye, raised me to be a compassionate, loving, respectful, and joyful man. She guided me with a great sense of humor and a complete commitment to my happiness and well-being. I’m married to a strong woman too. Laura is viv…

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…