After Years of Turmoil, Fremont Gurdwara Enjoys Revival with Summer Camp

July 5, 2005

Source: The Daily Review

On July 5, 2005 The Daily Review reported, "For local Sikhs, the Fremont temple is their community's spiritual, social, political and religious home. In 2002, however, the temple became the focal point of an intense three-year political and legal power struggle over who should control it. In early January a court-ordered election resulted in five new members being selected as new temple leaders on the Supreme Council. Since then, the leaders have appointed a new 11-member executive committee to lead membership drives, take care of finances and develop new community programs. The summer camp is the first of many new programs offered by the gurdwara for the Sikh community. The camp, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, provides children with an opportunity to read ancient scriptures, learn to play musical instruments, train in martial arts and receive extra tutoring in mathematics and English, said Sarabjit Cheema, a member of the executive committee. But the camp is about more than lessons. It also is a way for Sikh children to help balance their own heritage with the pressures of contemporary culture, said Eesir Kaur, an 18-year-old counselor at the camp."