kuldip – UNITED SIKHS Blog http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog Recognize The Human Race As One Tue, 28 Nov 2017 14:31:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sikh International Film Festival 2011 in New York: October-8th, 14th, 15th http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2011/10/sikh-international-film-festival-2011/ http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2011/10/sikh-international-film-festival-2011/#comments Sat, 01 Oct 2011 15:41:12 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1143 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.

The schedule for the Children’s Film Festival is as follows:

Saturday, 8th October: Hofstra University, Student Center (11:30 am – 2:30pm)
Friday, October 14th : Featuring Session (7:00pm 10:00pm)
Asia Society and Museum, 725 Park Avenue, New York, NY

Saturday, October 15th: Short Films (11:30am – 1:30pm), Documentaries (2:00pm – 5:00pm)

****Winners of the Short Films and Documentaries will be judged by a distinguished panel of judges****

To purchase tickets to the Film Festival, please visit: www.sikharts.comm

The Sikh Art and Film Foundation is a tax exempt non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contact: Mankanwal Singh
P: 1-516-698-8546
E: mankanwal.singh@unitedsikhs.org | unitedsikhs-usa@unitedsikhs.org


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Invitation to the Sikh Leadership Summit 2011 in New York on the 13th of October http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2011/10/invite-for-the-sikh-leadership-summit-2011-on-13th-oct-in-new-york/ Sat, 01 Oct 2011 15:11:50 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1136 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.

The Sikh Leadership Summit, 2011, will focus on the nexus between diversity, mentorship, community service, and leadership development in one’s career.


Thursday, October 13th
Location: Asia Society & Museum, 725 Park Avenue, New York, NY 

Panel Session (7:00pm–8:30pm):  Panelists

Gurinder Chadha, Internationally Acclaimed Director / Writer

Mohanbir S. Sawhney, Robert R. McCormick Tribune Foundation Clinical Professor of Technology & Director of the Center for Research in Technology & Innovation, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Gurvendra S. Suri, Founder and CEO, Optimal Solutions Integration, Inc.

Moderator: Matthew Breitfelder, Managing Director & Chief Talent Offi cer, BlackRock

Networking Reception : 8:30pm – 9:30pm : Network with peers and a diverse array of industry professionals

To reserve your complimentary tickets, please write to us at: contact@unitedsikhs.org or
call 1-646-688-3525 | 888-243-1690

Seating is limited and off ered on a first-come, first-served basis

This event is organized by the Sikh Art & Film Foundation, a tax exempt non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.



After School Academic Program (ASAP): Enrollment is now open for 2011- 2012 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2011/09/after-school-academic-program-asap-a-positive-experience-for-students/ http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2011/09/after-school-academic-program-asap-a-positive-experience-for-students/#comments Wed, 28 Sep 2011 04:53:38 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1120  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.

Academic Excellence provided through individual 1 on 1 Homework help

Limited seats only

Enrollment Fee / Month:

$175-3rd and 4th grade

$200-5th and 6th grade

$225– 7th and 8th grade

 Donations are welcome & limited numbers of scholarships available for underprivileged students

Contact: Email: unitedsikhs-cali@unitedsikhs.org | 1-510-999-7726 | Address: 39126 State Street, Freemont, California, CA 94538 USA | www.unitedsikhs.org





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UNITED SIKHS Co-Sponsors the 9-11 WTC Memorial Floating Lanterns Ceremony http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2011/08/united-sikhs-co-sponsors-the-9-11-wtc-memorial-floating-lanterns-ceremony/ Mon, 29 Aug 2011 17:26:56 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1084 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)
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Religious leaders of many faith traditions will assemble to offer uplifting messages of hope and peace. Commissioner Fatima Shama from the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigration Affairs will provide greetings and messages from Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Musical performances will be interspersed throughout the program with performances by Japanese and American artists including Taiko Drummer Kaoru Watanabe, Composer Russell Daisey, Soprano Tomoko Shibata, Recording Artist Shinji Harada, and Saxophonist Paul Winter.
The evening closes with the Rev. T.K. Nakagaki leading Buddhist Sutra Chanting and the lighting of the floating lanterns on the Hudson River. Volunteers from NY de Volunteer will place the lanterns into the water, which will then be pulled into the harbor by the kayakers. UNITED SIKHS will provide refreshments. The event is open to the public free of charge.
This inspirational event is largely a volunteer effort of many civic-minded organizations including The Interfaith Center of New York, the New York Buddhist Council, Prepare New York Coalition, New York Disaster Interfaith Services, UNITED SIKHS, NY de Volunteer, the New York Kayak Company, New York City Downtown Boathouse, Long Island City Community Boathouse and September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows.

UNITED SIKHS Partners in a Symposium on Interfaith Perspectives on Communal Trauma and Harmony in New York http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2011/08/united-sikhs-partners-in-a-symposium-on-interfaith-perspectives-on-communal-trauma-and-harmony-in-new-york/ Mon, 29 Aug 2011 17:07:41 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=1079 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
As they support New Yorkers during and after the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, mental health professionals can learn a great deal from the city’s diverse religious traditions. In their own vocabularies, these traditions offer invaluable resour-ces for understanding experiences of trauma and healing.
Come learn from your colleagues and local religious leaders in an exploration of interfaith perspectives on communal trauma and healing.
The half-day symposium will include:
Union Square, September 13, 2001
 A panel discussion with leading mental health practitioners who bring both spiritual and psychological perspectives to bear on experiences of communal trauma.
 Small group workshops offering hands-on introductions to the thera- peutic resources found in diverse religious traditions – including ritual, meditation, text, story, and song.
 Lunch for participants, and a performance by the Peace of Heart Choir.
Join us on Friday, September 9th, 9 am to 1:30 pm, at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center Campus. Enter at 60th Street and Columbus Avenue.
$10 advance registration for professionals, or $12 at the door
$5 for students, $7 at the door
Click here for detailed information and advance registration, or email desaussure@fordham.edu.
Sponsored by:Interfaith Center of New York, Fordham University, Prepare New York, Psychotherapy and Spirituality, Muslim Mental Health, JBFCS, PSI, MNYC, UNITED SIKHS, Muslim Mental Health

VICKY DHILLON REPRESENTING CITY OF BRAMPTON IN HAITI http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2010/02/vicky-dhillon-representing-city-of-brampton-in-haiti/ http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2010/02/vicky-dhillon-representing-city-of-brampton-in-haiti/#comments Mon, 15 Feb 2010 02:37:44 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=750   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:



By: Surjit Singh Flora

BRAMPTON: The people of Haiti continue to struggle in the wake of the devastating earthquake there. While many have already generously donated their time and money, the situation is still grim in the island nation and Haitian people are stil…l in dire need.
After the quake United Sikhs launched in 48 hours a global humanitarian aid effort to assist with rescue and rehabilitation efforts in Haiti and start serving the fresh food.
Brampton Mayor Susan Fennel, at City Council meeting on Wednesday February 10, proudly announced that Councillor Vicky Dhillon from Ward 9-10 will be going to Haiti to represent Brampton. Once there, Dhillon will encourage more groups and organization to come forward and help Haiti. Besides, Dhillon would boost the United Sikhs by helping them. The Sikh community always proud of him because he always rise to the occasion for the community cause.
Bramptonians should also be proud of him as he has been leaving for Haiti from Feb 14 to Feb 22 to represent the city of Brampton.
Dhillon would be carrying 1500 shirts, printed ‘Brampton Care Haiti’, lots of tooth brushes, dry food, shoes etc. Mayor Susan Fennell has also appealed Bramptonians to donate summer clothes for our friends in need in Haiti.

“City of Brampton and the Sikhs have a strong and vibrant community and we want our Bramptonians to have an opportunity to assist Haiti once again to become a strong and vibrant community. Together we can make a difference during this extremely difficult time,” Vicky Dhillon said.

Surjit Singh Flora
Email: flosurj@aol.com
80 Redpoll Court , Brampton, ON L6Y 4A5 CANADAS


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A Glimpse into Haiti’s Agony from the eyes of a Volunteer Team http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2010/02/a-glimpse-into-haitis-agony/ Tue, 02 Feb 2010 04:48:17 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=694  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.

  Haiti’s plight was enormous even before the earthquake battered its people.  Poverty was extreme; good governance was absent; effective planning was lacking and its people lacked access to basic services that we usually take for granted.  The earthquake has magnified all of those problems and the results have been catastrophic.  The price of food has skyrocketed and the distribution of food has also been seriously disrupted.  The destabilization in the food situation combined with the destabilization in the income of millions of Haitians has resulted in our mission here.  Many of us have been doing what we can to listen to and console the earthquake’s victims and yet we do not lose sight of the fact that our current mission is primarily about feeding those who are hungry and providing water to those who are desperate to quench their thirst.

 Our team members here have all borne witness to events that they will remember for their rest of their lives.  Some of these events have shaken us deeply while other events have left us with faith that the resiliency of the Haitian people will see them through this dark period.

  A short glimpse into Haiti’s agony was encountered right at the border between the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

The young Haitian boy

  A young boy, no more than 6 or 7 years old ran up to our van and before long we were skipping stones across the lake with him and trying to understand how he was personally affected by the earthquake.  He told us that his entire family had been killed and that he was alone and helpless.  We fed him and also provided him with a pillow and a blanket.  We did our best to flag down a UNICEF bus but it went by too fast and unfortunately we had to head on to Port-Au-Prince in the hopes that someone else would help this boy.  The frustration at how little we could do in that situation still frustrates us today.
Charles is a little boy who is 8 years old and he comes to our camp regularly.  He is let in by the United Nations Military Police who do not usually allow children into the area that we are located.  The Military Police let him in because they know that we are here to take care of him and to feed him.  Today we bathed him and brushed his teeth as well which he was really eager for.  After his bath, he even requested that we tie a dastar (turban) on him which he happily showcased to everyone he could find!  He also regularly participates in singing the keertan that is playing in the camp which we all find really inspirational.  He is getting very close to and comfortable with us and all of us will be sad to let him go when we leave from here.
Yesterday we took a tour around downtown Port-Au-Prince and witnessed some of the worst affected areas from the earthquake.  As we approached the Presidential Palace we saw a sight that spoke so tellingly to the state of Haiti’s government. The metaphor of a destructed crumbling palace coupled with the sight of Haiti’s people standing in the forefront against a gate that protected their once gleaming White House was enough to make one stop in awe. We spoke with some of these people to find out what they were feeling and how they were coping. We found one gentleman leaning against the gate who spoke English very well and when we asked how they were feeling he said, “It is like something is broken inside us that is still not right…”. Many around him had lost family members and loved ones, though his family had been spared. They were extremely appreciative of the global community’s aid and assistance during this traumatic time. We dug a little deeper and asked for their thoughts and feelings about their government. There is a pervasive mood of dismay and abandonment amongst the people of Haiti; they feel that the government does nothing to help the people but instead only help themselves. We asked the gentleman who was translating to convey a message that we as Sikhs and Canadians were here to help in any way we could and that we would also go back home and encourage our government to continue their aid to Haiti.

  Down the road from us there is a makeshift hospital that we visit every day.  When visiting it yesterday to drop off lunch for the hospital’s children, we witnessed the birth of a baby boy right in front of our eyes.  The joy of the people at the birth of the child was stirring. 

 Our team members were moved to be able to hold the baby in our arms.  One of our team members did a short ardaas (prayer) that this newborn grow up and become a leader in growing Haiti and helping the people of his country.
There are many other stories and we hope to keep you all posted!

Japnaam Singh
Port-Au-Prince, Haiti

Sikh Education Fund Scholarship http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2009/12/sikh-education-fund-scholarship/ http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2009/12/sikh-education-fund-scholarship/#comments Wed, 30 Dec 2009 04:17:42 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=550 The applications for the 2010 Sirdar Kapur Singh Scholarship are now open. Please read more about it at http://unitedsikhs.org/sef/?PHPSESSID=88d8fe96786d6e60653e35008621f269

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 sikheducationfoundation@unitedsikhs.org :

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

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UNITED SIKHS MULTI-FAITH PRAYER http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2009/06/united-sikhs-multi-faith-prayer/ Thu, 11 Jun 2009 16:38:28 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=291 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 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/2009/05/advancing-care-together-parental-workshop-at-the-educare-center/ Mon, 25 May 2009 05:27:54 +0000 http://www.unitedsikhs.org/blog/?p=277


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.

for volunteers for these educational workshops. To volunteer, write to sikhaid@unitedsikhs.org.

To see uploaded video snippets on discussions with parents at the NYC Educare Center, please  see





Kuldip Singh