Emily Jennewein was president of Beth Israel from 2011-2013, during which time Beth Israel celebrated the temple’s year-long 150th anniversary that brought members and community leaders to the synagogue for many happy occasions. As a result, Beth Israel is enjoying a time of engaged members, stability, and peace. Also during her tenure, the Board approved balanced budgets both years, the Campaign for Beth Israel achieved commitments of more than $12 million of its $20 million goal, and the synagogue adopted initiatives to keep Beth Israel on the cutting edge of communications and save money: Beth Israel moved to electronic communications as the primary medium for reaching our members, introducing the Beth Israel Quarterly magazine, and an enhanced weekly e-newsletter. We also published the Beth Israel history book, The First 150 Years, to chronicle the endeavors of the early visionaries and the many along the way who built a thriving Jewish community in San Diego. And the synagogue laid plans to conduct High Holy Days worship in our own beautiful synagogue home rather than at the Civic Theatre, downtown, for the first time in half a century.
Emily and her family have been members of Beth Israel since they moved to San Diego in 2001. Emily serves on the Communications and Governance Committees. She was Vice President for Education and has served on many temple committees including Finance. She served on the search committee that selected Rabbi Michael Berk, and she chaired A Musical Night in Jerusalem, which honored Rabbi Arlene Bernstein for her first 10 years of service to the congregation.
In the community, Emily is President of Hillel of San Diego and second vice president of Jewish Family Service of San Diego. Professionally, she is the principal of a website and marketing communications firm. She created Beth Israel’s website in 2002, served as the synagogue’s volunteer webmaster for several years, and designed the temple’s first weekly e-newsletter. In 2003, she was honored as Volunteer of the Year.
Emily earned an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and graduated from Amherst College. Emily lives in Del Mar with her husband Chris, who is editor and publisher of Times of San Diego. Their daughters, Maddy and Penny, became b’not mitzvah and celebrated their confirmations at Beth Israel.