British Jewish groups are helping train Hindu priests after robberies at London mandirs
By Barfi Culture Team
18th April 2019

A British Jewish group is helping train Hindu priests after a series of robberies at prominent mandirs after Diwali last year.

As Barfi Culture reported in November last year, two mandirs in West London (the Shree Swaminarayan Mandir in Willesden and Shree Kutch Satsang Swaminarayan Mandir in Kenton) were robbed within days of each other.

Hindu groups were worried they were being systematically targeted and sought help from the Community Security Trust (CST), which monitors anti-semitic incidents and helps protect Jewish institutions, to strengthen security at mandirs.

"They needed a professional approach to security that was sensitive to faith nuances," Rabbi Natan Levy of Strengthening Faith Institutions told Jewish News. "That’s CSTs strong suit. It was a perfect match."

The CST says that so far over 80 Hindu priests, trustees and community leaders across London, Coventry, Birmingham and Sandwell have been trained.

The CST also works with churches and mosques to help them with security. Last year the organisation helped mosques after the offensive 'Punish a Muslim Day' letters were circulated around Britain.

There are around 157 listed mandirs in Britain, catering for over 817,000 Hindus according to the last census.

The CST’s communications director Mark Gardner said: "The Temples felt they had nowhere to turn. Now they see a viable model in the Jewish community. It’s brought the two communities together."

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