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.

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…

Heroes of Sha'ar HaNegev

Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to meet with visionary and passionate leaders from three different programs that have been supported by YOUR Jewish Federation:

Yachdav Senior Center
Bordering the campus of Sapir College, we spent a few hours with Chaya Bradman Levy, the director of the…

Reflections from the Federation CEO: Tale of Two Regions

In 1999, a year after graduating with my Bachelor’s from the University of Arizona, I spent nearly a year living and doing volunteer work in Israel. Think ‘Israeli Peace Corp’ for North American Jews. The arch of the program was as follows: Three months living in an Immigrant Absorptio…

Destination Sha'ar HaNegev

I am in the midst of preparing for my first trip to Israel as your Federation CEO! 
 
The purpose of my trip is twofold: 

1) I will join hundreds of leaders and professionals from Jewish communities around the world as we attend The Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembl…