Congregation Beth Israel

San Diego, California

About Congregation Beth Israel

Congregation Beth Israel, the historic center of Jewish life in San Diego since 1861, 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. A crucial component of their mission is to help their congregants and the greater San Diego Jewish community to become informed and effective in the pursuit of social justice and the Jewish Idea of “Tikkun Olam” or “repairing the world.” Beth Israel lives out this mission through their active involvement in the local community. For over 30 years, Beth Israel has provided food, funding, and volunteers for the San Diego Hunger Project, a local ministry that feeds the homeless. In addition to planning numerous events for men, women, children, and seniors within their congregation, Beth Israel also hosts a religious school and provides classroom space for adult study programs in their facility throughout the week.

The Project

Congregation Beth Israel’s current facility consists of five buildings totaling more than 65,000 square feet. To significantly lower the energy costs associated with maintaining this large facility, Beth Israel chose to transition to solar energy. In addition to the financial benefits, going solar also allowed Beth Israel to live out the Jewish ideal of “repairing the world” by reducing their carbon footprint. After a great deal of research, they installed a 189 KwH system which was estimated to produce 310,000 watts of electricity. During the project, 600 solar panels were installed on the roof of the main building as well as on roofs of carports in the parking lot. Congregation Beth Israel’s solar installation is expected to save them more than $1,100,000 over a 20 year period according to Mitch Siegler, the Immediate Past President of Beth Israel’s Board of Directors.These savings will allow Beth Israel to devote more resources to maintaining the rich Jewish heritage within their congregation as well as serving the San Diego community.

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Make an investment and support the mission by helping Congregation Beth Israel save on energy expenses with sustainable solar power made possible thanks to a loan, not donation, from dedicated supporters like you. You can invest starting with as little as $25!

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