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Sikh International Film Festival 2011 in New York: October-8th, 14th, 15th

29th Sep, New York, NY:   UNITED SIKHS invites all to attend the Sikh International Film Festival 2011 from Oct 14th – Oct 15th, at the Asia Society  & Museum, 725 Park Avenue, New York, NY.  On the 8th October children’s films will be shown at the Hofstra University, Student Center, in New York. Continue reading ‘Sikh International Film Festival 2011 in New York: October-8th, 14th, 15th’ »

Invitation to the Sikh Leadership Summit 2011 in New York on the 13th of October

UNITED SIKHS invites the youth to attend the Sikh Leadership Summit 2011. Inspiring and Developing the next generation leaders and artists. 

28th Sep, 2011, New York, NY:   The  Sikh Art & Film Foundation  has brought together diverse leaders on a panel to discuss their journeys to leadership positions.  UNITED SIKHS invites, especially the youth, to attend the Sikh Leadership Summit on 13th October in New York at the Asia Society and Museum, 725 Park Avenue, New York. Continue reading ‘Invitation to the Sikh Leadership Summit 2011 in New York on the 13th of October’ »

After School Academic Program (ASAP): Enrollment is now open for 2011- 2012

 Prepare your child for a bright future, a program offered through  Community Empowerment and Education Directorate  (CEED) of UNITED SIKHS.
Enrollment is Now Open for 2011 – 2012

We are providing homework help for students of 3rd grade through 8th Grade. Our teachers are experienced and  subject matter experts. Register now for 2011-2012 session. The program is for students from 3rd Grade – 8th Grade. Get to next level or help in weak areas of- Mathematics,  English & Science.
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UNITED SIKHS Co-Sponsors the 9-11 WTC Memorial Floating Lanterns Ceremony

The 9/11 World Trade Center Memorial Floating Lanterns Ceremony, in its tenth year, brings a day filled with deep emotion and reflection to an aesthetically serene and peaceful close. As light fades to dusk, and the sun’s warmth gives way to the Hudson River’s cool breeze, the rhythmic beating of the Japanese Taiko drum signals the beginning of this most poignant and embracing interfaith ceremony led by Reverend Alfonso Wyatt.
Location: Sunday, September 11 at 6:00 PM, Pier 40 (West Houston Street & West Street by the Hudson River)

UNITED SIKHS Partners in a Symposium on Interfaith Perspectives on Communal Trauma and Harmony in New York

The Interfaith Center of New York, the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service,
and our partners, invite all mental health professionals to attend a symposium 

Interfaith Perspectives on Communal Trauma and Healing: Religious Leaders and Mental Health Professionals Explore the Emotional Life of the City at the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 Continue reading ‘UNITED SIKHS Partners in a Symposium on Interfaith Perspectives on Communal Trauma and Harmony in New York’ »


  14th Feb 2010, Santo Domingo: UNITED SIKHS welcomes Councillor Vicky Dhillon from Brampton Ontario. He is on a sewa mission to serve the Haitian community that has suffered an incalculable loss.  We are humbled that people from all walks of life are here serving the Haitian community. A note that was emailed about him from his fan is attached below:



A Glimpse into Haiti’s Agony from the eyes of a Volunteer Team

 2nd Feb 2010, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti: Effectively chronicling the human tragedies that have taken place in Haiti since the earthquake struck is a nearly impossible task.  How is one orphan’s story any more or less distressing or significant than the thousands of others?  And yet it is still necessary to do what we can to highlight specific heart-rending and also heart-warming events in an effort to provide greater context for those of us who have not witnessed the devastation firsthand.  It is crucial that we do not fall into the trap of looking at Haiti’s anguish through the prism of statistics and data.  The suffering is real and it touches millions.  It is no less real than the suffering we see elsewhere and it does not demand any less of us as Sikhs.
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Sikh Education Fund Scholarship

The applications for the 2010 Sirdar Kapur Singh Scholarship are now open. Please read more about it at

The Sikh Education Foundation (SEF)

Every year, Sikhs graduate from Oxbridge and Ivy League universities and go on to enjoy distinguished careers. However, the Sikh community has not tapped this rich scholastic resource to meet its challenges. Many more bright Sikh students do not make it to these prestigious universities due to lack of funds.

This has been due to two main reasons: Firstly, the Sikh community at large has limited access to these scholars and secondly, the scholars do not know how they could serve the Sikh community’s needs.

The Sikh Education Foundation had a natural birth in 2006. The time was right to set up an educational fund to engage Sikh graduates from prestigious universities at a time when the Sikh community faced challenges to their identity. To meet the needs of our advocacy, humanitarian relief and human development projects, UNITED SIKHS set up the Sikh Education Foundation to reach out to the ‘brains’ of the community.

UNITED SIKHS set up the first Sikh Education Foundation chapter at Harvard University in 2006. All scholars of the Harvard Sikh Educational Foundation are called Sirdar Kapur Singh Scholars.

The first Sirdar Kapur Singh scholar in 2006 was Sonu Kaur from Amritsar, Panjab, who is studying for her Masters in Public Policy degree at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She received $17,000 under the award.


The Foundation is run as a trust held by or under the control of the trustees (subject to the payment of all expenses properly incurred in connection with the scheme) to apply the income and the capital of the fund for The Advancement of Education through:

  a) Funding by scholarship, prize, grant or bursary all or part or to such extent
      as deemed appropriate by the trustees, the education of Sikhs eligible to
      participate in the scheme in accordance with the rules; and

  b) Funding by grant any individual, organization or company that undertakes
     research, teaching or carries out projects in relation to the preservation
     and study of Sikh History, Culture and Religion 

FUNDING is based on: 1) Outright donations from :

        i. The Public
        ii. The Sikh Aid fund to fund scholars studying developmental subjects
        iii. Gurdwaras to fund Sikh culture history and religion scholars
        iv. Sikh associations e.g. Sikh doctors association, Sikh lawyers
            association,to fund scholars studying in their particular area of
2) Sponsors to take up covenants to pay the interest for loans they underwrite for scholars, payable over 5 years after graduation. This gives donors tax breaks and the scholar obtains a loan for the full cost of their education with no burden until after graduation. Donors will be inspired to participate in this as they will not be paying the full amount of the loan interest because of tax breaks.

c) Scholarships, grants and bursaries for ALL areas of study with more awards      given to:

        1) Law
        2) Media
        3) Arts
        4) Developmental studies
        5) Social Studies

This list will be dynamic based on the current needs of community.

  d) SEF provides internships, career guidance and mentoring facilities to
     prepare aspiring applicants and for scholars on graduation.


         1) HARVARD
         2) STANFORD
         3) BOSTON
         4) NYU
         5) COLUMBIA
         6) BROWN
         7) UC BERKELEY
         8) PRINCETON
         9) YALE
        10) CORNELL

Please click here to fill the application form.You can also submit the following to :

  • a resume
  • a passport sized photo
  • a Statement of Purpose, explaining how their studies would benefit the community and humanity


JOIN UNITED SIKHS – as we conduct a Multifaith Prayer alongside CanadianHART (Canadian Humanitarian Appeal for
Relief of Tamils) to stand in solidarity with your fellow Canadians who have been, and continue to be devastated, by the humanitarian crisis in Sri Lanka.
Months of military assaults have left their loved ones, and thousands of other innocent civilians injured or killed, destroying the livelihoods of much of the Northern population of Sri Lanka. At the same time, hundreds of thousands have been traumatized and displaced by the violence, and are without sufficient food, water or sanitation. While we try to come to terms with a tragedy that continues to unfold, we invite you to join us for a solemn evening of reflection, where we will pay our respects for the lives that have been lost, and pray for those which hang in the balance, dependent on us as members of the international community, to act immediately. The present inaction in the face of this crisis, cannot be allowed to continue.
Please join us June 11, as we engage with questions of how we can create a turning point in the humanitarian crisis, and help bring the aid desperately needed, to those who continue to suffer in the aftermath of the war, through our different faiths and united cause.


Earth Science Building
The University of Toronto
Room # B143

33 Willcocks Street,
Toronto, ON,
Thursday, June 11, 2009

6:00pm to 9:00pm

Advancing Care Together: Parental Workshop at the Educare Center



05/25/2009, Richmond Hill, Queens, NY:  A parental workshop is conducted every 3rd weekend at the Educare Center in New York. Dr Jogesh Kaur, a pediatrician, conducted the 2nd session on grooming parents  to raise healthy children and handle behavioral problems. These classes will be conducted every 3rd Sunday of the month from 3:00pm – 5:00pm and was the second in series.  UNITED SIKHS is looking for volunteers. Continue reading ‘Advancing Care Together: Parental Workshop at the Educare Center’ »