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.

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…

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…