Camarillo Jewish Temple Offers Prayer Room for Hindu Worship

June 16, 2005

Source: Ventura County Star


On June 16, 2005 the Ventura County Star reported , "The Hindu community [of Ventura County] is using a prayer room in a Camarillo Jewish temple, Temple Ner Ami, every second Saturday for Hindu services. Before services started in Camarillo a couple of months ago, the closest temple... was about 40 miles away in Calabasas... More than 60 people have shown up to pray at Ner Ami, said Mahesh Talwar, [a] supporter of the local temple. The community hopes to someday build a Hindu temple in the county, but, Talwar said, organizers know that could take time and millions of dollars. In the meantime, he said, the prayer hall at Ner Ami has worked well. Talwar and others chose the facility, he added, because officials there welcomed them with open arms. Rabbi Michael Lotker from Ner Ami said he was glad their enthusiasm showed. He was thrilled about sharing some of the temple's facilities with the Hindu community, he said. 'One of my big passions in life and being a rabbi is interfaith dialogue,' he said. 'I think it is very important for people of faith to understand each other.'"