1860-1880 In the Beginning: Jewish Life in the Frontier Town of San Diego
"Since we could number ten persons only, it was resolved to call our congregation by that simple name of Adath Yeshurun" - Marcus Schiller, first president of Beth Israel (then Adath Yeshurun).
1880-1900 A Home of Our Own: Temple Beth Israel
A new name, our first rabbi and the beginning of religious school.
1900-1920 The Start of a New Century: From Survival to Growth
We began the new century with fewer than 20 families. As economic conditions improved, our congregation grew.
1920-1940 A New Synagogue Home at Third and Laurel
1940-1960 Our First Cantor, Years of Growth
We reach out to members with a monthly bulletin and to the greater community with radio broadcasts of services.
1960-1980Looking forward, Looking Past
1980-2000 Unparalleled Growth Leads to Plans for a New Home
Two decades marked by innovation in education, youth and adult programs, worship and service to the community.
2000-2012 Beth Israel Today
Congregation Beth Israel, the historic center of Jewish life in San Diego, is an inclusive Reform congregation that offers a warm welcome and a nurturing home to all who seek a meaningful and enduring connection to Judaism.