Sikhism

Hoboken’s first Sikh mayor is on the front lines of fighting antisemitism

May 5, 2021

When Ravi Bhalla moved to Hoboken, N.J., he was a recent law school graduate thinking he’d stay for a few years and save on rent by not living across the river in New York City. “I was a bachelor,” said Bhalla. “Hoboken checked all those boxes [for] a young, single person wanting to have access to Manhattan, but also being a Jersey boy like myself, wanting to stay in New Jersey.” 

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'Our spirit lives on': On Vaisakhi, Sikh Hoosiers work to heal after FedEx shooting

April 21, 2021

On a day when the Sikh community around the world is rejoicing, the atmosphere inside the Gurdwara Sikh Satsang of Indianapolis turned somber.

Sikh Hoosiers on Sunday observed Vaisakhi, which traditionally marked the celebration of the harvest festival in Punjab, India. It's also a celebration of the culmination of the Sikh faith. 

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Goose Creek Sikh temple 1st in the Lowcountry, 3rd in South Carolina

March 8, 2021

GOOSE CREEK — Though nothing on the building’s exterior indicates its purpose, the modest structure is home to a tiny, but faithful, religious community in the Lowcountry. 

The edifice at 101 Jean Wells Drive in Goose Creek is the first permanent location for the region’s Sikh community, organizers said. Sikh adherents in the Charleston region said the new gurdwara, as Sikh worship spaces are called, is the third in the state.

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Religious Groups Keep Faith During Pandemic, Remote Academic Year

February 23, 2021

D. Anthony Alvarez ’21, a member of the Harvard Latter-day Saints Student Association, has attended religious services at the same congregation off campus since he arrived at Harvard as a freshman.

This semester, Alvarez said he still attends services at that same congregation. Amid Covid-19, though, he must sign up to attend ahead of time, don a mask, and eschew singing, which can spread infectious particles.

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Hundreds join Detroit car rally to show solidarity with farmers in India

February 1, 2021

Hundreds of drivers made their way around downtown Detroit as snow fell heavily Sunday to show solidarity with farmers in India who are protesting laws they argue could devastate crop prices and reduce their earnings.

Thousands of Indian farmers have been demanding the government repeal the laws for more than two months.

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Oklahoma Sikh community protests for farmers in India

January 12, 2021

Members of the local Sikh community gathered to raise awareness for human rights issues taking place in India.

On Saturday, Sikh Americans from Oklahoma and surrounding states gathered in Oklahoma City and then drove to Edmond as part of an in-vehicle rally.

Officials say 1 million Sikhs living in the United States can trace their immediate families back to those currently living in India.

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Chicago Sikhs Serve Christmas Lunch at Salvation Army

January 6, 2021

In the Sikh spirit of “Langar” the Sikh youth of Chicago area, under the aegis of Sikh Religious Society of Chicago, served food to the needy families on Christmas day December 25, 2020 at the Salvation Army Center in Chicago. Food was packed and distributed by the Sikh volunteers to the families and individuals, whocame to Salvation Army needing help.

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Stanislaus County Sikhs grab headlines with Bay Area protest

December 18, 2020

On Dec. 5, more than 10,000 individuals from California’s Sikh community, including Stanislaus County, participated in car rallies from Los Angeles to Oakland. From Oakland, all the cars drove over to the Indian embassy in San Francisco. This resulted in attention from media and others outside of the Sikh community because the Bay Bridge was clogged for almost four hours by cars covered with orange flags and anti-Modi signs in an attempt to strengthen the push to have the Indian government repeal three farm bills.

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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.”

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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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