In a remarkable interfaith gesture, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed blessed the new building of a synagogue in Reno (Nevada, USA) with Gayatri Mantra, considered the most sacred mantra of Hinduism, on October 10 evening.
Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, also read fromBrahadaranyakopanishad and Taittiriya Upanishad, both ancient Hindu scriptures, as a part of the blessing. He sprinkled few drops of water from river Ganga of India, considered holy by Hindus, during this blessing.
Religious leaders of Roman Catholic, Muslim, Buddhist, Baha’i, United Methodist, Presbyterian, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Unification Church traditions also participated in the dedication ceremony of this new building of Temple Beth Or (House of Light), a Jewish congregation launched in 2009, and read their respective prayers.
According to ElizaBeth W. Beyer, founding Rabbi of Temple Beth Or, their goal is to “inspire individual and community growth”. Beyer defines Temple Beth Or as “truly warm, welcoming egalitarian Jewish congregation devoted to Jewish learning and Jewish values”, and adds, “We identify with being Just Jewish”.