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: Cancer-Free

After 6 emergency surgeries in 10 days, to deal with complications arising from unexpected infections, I have returned to the land of the living and am well enough to pen this update.  I will keep it brief as it is exceedingly difficult to perform even the simplest task as I regain the abi…

My Two Shekels: We Must Not Be Silent

The Jewish Federation of San Diego County joins countless individuals and organizations in expressing our outrage over the violence of the Minneapolis police officers that led to the death of George Floyd. We share in the heartbreak, pain, and sorrow provoked by his loss and the loss of many…

My Two Shekels: Confronting COVID-19 and Cancer

This is such an awkward time. A frightening time. Our world is faced with an unprecedented public health crisis that places the lives and livelihoods of so many at risk. Jewish institutions wrestle with significant short-term challenges and are considering how this pandemic will impact them …

My Two Shekels: Kvelling

Before I kvell and share about this past weekend’s incredible OPTIONS event, I wanted to share a few community updates of note:

  1. We were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of both Jim Lewis and Gayle Slate this week. Both were longtime Federation supporters and compassionate commu…

My Two Shekels: I Hate to Talk About Anti-Semitism

I have struggled with what to write as we usher in the first days of 2020.  I see many social media shares about people’s deepest hopes for a meaningful, healthy, and successful New Year.  And yet, the Jewish community is once again confronted by an assault on its people at an alarming r…