Sikhism

Muslim, Sikh and Jewish groups seek inclusion in California’s new ethnic studies curriculum

November 19, 2020

LOS ANGELES (RNS) — Religious groups are urging California education officials to include their histories and cultures in a model ethnic studies curriculum being developed for high schools in the state.

The proposed curriculum, which the Department of Education has been planning since 2018, centers on Chicanos and Latino Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans and Native Americans. It is intended to serve as a guide as schools design the ethnic studies courses that could be mandated for graduation beginning later this decade.

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Elk Grove Mayor-elect Bobbie Singh-Allen to become first directly elected Sikh woman mayor in US

November 10, 2020

ELK GROVE, Calif. — Though the local election results have taken nearly a week to be announced, candidate Bobbie Singh-Allen will be the next mayor of Elk Grove and the first directly elected Sikh woman mayor in the United States. 

Current Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly reportedly called Singh-Allen around noon on Monday to concede the election. Results still need to be certified, but Mayor-elect Singh-Allen is declaring victory. 

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6 injured during brawl at Sikh temple in Renton

October 19, 2020

RENTON, Wash - Six people were injured and one of them was briefly hospitalized during a brawl at the Gurudwara Singh Sabha of Washington in Renton Sunday, according to Renton Fire officials.

Renton Police say a group of around 15-20 people at the temple were fighting when police arrived in what was termed a "mutual combat" between two groups within one community.

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Sikhs — important in Stanislaus and CA — should appear in ethnic studies

October 6, 2020

Like members of many communities across the state, Sikh Californians are deeply disappointed to see that the revised draft of the Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum still omits any meaningful representation of our community. One of the authors said it was ”more of a reformat than a rewrite.”

The California Department of Education and Instructional Quality Commission have been receiving public comment on their second draft ...

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Sikh Center of Orange County’s Food Pantry Serves One Millionth Meal

October 5, 2020

The Sikh Center of Orange County this month served its free 1,000,000th mealto the needy. SCOC through its Food Pantry has been serving langar to thousands of families every weekend as well as mobile pantries which operate across several cities in Southern California. 

SCOC in a communication said the food served has consisted of thousands of pounds of fresh fruits, vegetables, milk, grains, bread, dairy and shelf-stable items. It thanked it many Indian American volunteers for their tireless work in making this possible. It also acknowledged the support...

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A Solution for Sikh Medical Students, Physicians Caught Between Their Religion and Their Profession

September 29, 2020

He was a third-year medical student, training to become an emergency medicine doctor. By May, more than two months into the Covid-19 pandemic, the situation had stabilized enough for the hospital to allow medical students to resume a vital part of their education: following attending physicians and residents during their morning rounds of patient visits, learning by observing.

But the student, who asked to be identified only as Mr. Singh, found himself facing a dilemma that cut to the core of his identify.

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UW dental students find ways to follow COVID-19 regulations while maintaining religious values

September 18, 2020

Rules and regulations around coronavirus and its impact on school and work have been challenging to accommodate ever-changing data and cases. 

Some have said that these rules and regulations have interfered with their religious freedoms. 

Dr. Karan Singh and Dr. Omri Margalit are University of Washington School of Dentistry students who have had to find alternative ways to finish up their degrees while staying true to their faith.

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Sikh family balances faith, military service

September 14, 2020

Sikhism is the fifth largest world religion, according to the Sikh Coalition, with 500,000 Sikhs living within the U.S. Among the core beliefs is service to humanity, a principle the Singh family hopes to be fulfilling through their military commitment across generations.   

Air Force Reserve 2nd Lt. Naureen Singh, 26, grew up watching her father, retired Col. G.B. Singh,serve as an officer in the U.S. Army. Though he was stationed overseas in places ...

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Glen Cove High School, Sikh community join to feed LI families

August 20, 2020

Jasleen Sabharwal has always been inspired by her faith to help those in need — one of the essential values of Sikhism is selfless service. 

“The biggest summation of Sikhism is brotherhood and to love everyone equally,” she said.

At the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, Sabharwal started off by buying hand sanitizer, face masks and gowns to deliver to rehabilitation centers. Then, she and some friends started delivering home-cooked meals to hospitals.

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'Selfless service': Sikh community feeds Jacksonville's homeless, poor during pandemic

August 14, 2020

Like most other gathering places in Northeast Florida, the local Sikh house of worship closed as the coronavirus pandemic took hold.

But the Sikh religion, which is the fifth-largest in the world, calls on its members to regularly perform Seva, or selfless service. So in May, Gurudwara Jacksonville, home of the Sikh Society of North East Florida, launched the Share a Meal project.

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Air Force Special Operations Approves First Beard, Turban Waiver for Sikh Airman

July 30, 2020

In a first for the command, Air Force Special Operations Command has granted a religious accommodation waiver to a Sikh airman.

Senior Airman Dominic Varriale was granted the waiver last month, according to an Air Force release. He serves as a geospatial intelligence analyst with the 11th Special Operations Intelligence Squadron.

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