The San Mateo Daily Journal provides a profile of The Sikh Gurdwara of San Francisco, a Sikh congregation in the West Bay area of greater San Francisco, California. The Gurdwara, having just celebrated its first year of existence, is unique: the congregation actually meets monthly in a space provided by a synagogue called Peninsula Temple Beth El:
“We’re willing to make room for them whenever we can … until they expand or run out of space [for their services],” [Peninsula Temple Beth El COO Blair Brown] said.
Sikhs living in the West Bay sought a closer location to worship than the Gurdwaras located in other cities across the Bay Area. The arrangement to hold services at the synagogue arose through an existing relationship between Gurdwara president Mehar Singh Mahal and Blair Brown, the COO of the Peninsula Temple Beth El.
This is not the first case of such remarkable interfaith cooperation when a synagogue opens their worship space to a Sikh congregation in the United States. In 2011, the Temple Beth Elohim in Old Bethpage, New York, provided space to the Sikh congregation of the Guru Gobind Singh Sikh Center in Plainview, while they brought that Gurdwara up to city code.
Read more at the San Mateo Daily Journal.
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