American Sikh Council – JULY 2015 eNews

JULY 2015
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arrow-bullet.gifSikh Society of Dayton joins American Sikh Council

arrow-bullet.gifSikhs hold an exhibit for over 300 Boy Scouts at Camp Woodland, Syracuse, NY

arrow-bullet.gifASC Representative at Prayer Vigil in Atlanta Church

Sikhs Share Grief at the AME Church Memorial Service in Charleston, SC

ASC Representative attends service at Bethany Baptist Church, Lindenwold, NJ

arrow-bullet.gifSikhs of Syracuse, NY participate in the Prayer Vigil for the Charleston massacre

arrow-bullet.gifBoy Scouts from Troop 621 and Troop 60 receive Sikh Religious Awards – San Ramon, CA

arrow-bullet.gifPresentation done to teach Scout Leaders at the Mahalala Round Table, Westhampton, NJ

arrow-bullet.gifASC Rep speaks at the Ordination of Rev.Candi Dugas D.Min

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About American Sikh Council
The American Sikh Council (ASC) is the umbrella organization representative of Sikhs in the United States. Currently 62 Gurdwaras and other Sikh institutions across the nation are members of ASC.

Member Gurdwaras:

1. Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Opelika, AL
2. Guru Nanak Sikh Mission, Livingston, CA
3. Gurdwara Sahib Fremont, CA
4. Gurdwara Singh Sabha, Delano, CA 5. Pacific Coast Khalsa Diwan Society, Stockton CA
6. Sikh Gurdwara Riverside, Riverside, CA
7. Sikh Gurdwara of LA, North Hollywood, CA
8. Sikh Gurdwara Sahib, San Jose, CA
9. Gurdwara Guru Angad Darbar, Bakersfield, CA
10. Colorado Singh Sabha, Denver, CO
11. Connecticut Sikh Assoc, Southington, CT
12. Guru Tegh Bahadur Foundation, Norwalk, CT

13. Sikh Society of Florida Southwest Ranches, FL
14. Sikh Society of Central Florida Inc., Oviedo, FL
15. Guru Nanak Darbar Religious Society Augusta GA
16. Guru Singh Sabha of Augusta, Augusta, GA
17. Sikh Study Circle of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA
18. Sikh Religious Society of Chicago, Palatine, IL
19. Sikh Society of South, New Orleans, LA
20. New England Sikh Study Circle, Boston, MA
21. Singh Sabha of Michigan, Canton, MI
22. Sikh Gurdwara of Michigan Rochester Hills MI
23. Sikh Society of Michigan, Madison Heights, MI
24. Downriver Gurdwara Sahib, Brownstown, MI

25. Sikh Study Circle of St. Louis, St. Peters, MO
26. Guru Nanak Foundation of Jackson, MS

27. Sikh Heritage Society of Greater Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
28. Sikh Gurdwara of North Carolina, Durham, NC
29. Sikh Sabha of Upper Valley, Hanover, NH
31. Garden State Sikh Assoc, Bridgewater, NJ
32. Guru Nanak Sikh Society of Delaware Valley, Sewell, NJ
33. Siri Guru Singh Sabha, Glenrock, NJ
34. Sikh Sabha of New Jersey, Lawrenceville, NJ
35. Gurdwara Baba Deep Singh, Las Vegas, NV

35. Sikh Cultural Society Inc., Richmond Hills, NY
36. Sikh Cultural & Edu. Society of Western NY, Buffalo, NY
37. Sikh Foundation of Syracuse, Liverpool, NY
38. Guru Nanak Foundation of Greater Cleveland, Richfield, OH
39. Guru Gobind Singh Sikh Society, Bedford, OH
40. Guru Nanak Rel. Soc. of Central Ohio Columbus, OH
41. Sikh Heritage Society of Mahonning Valley, Canfield, OH

42. Sikh Society of Dayton, OH

43. Sikh Sadh Sangat, Easton, PA
44. Philadelphia Sikh Society, Millbourne, PA
45. Tristate Sikh Cultural Society, Monroeville, PA
46. Singh Sabha of South Carolina, Lexington, SC
47. Mid-South Sikh Sabha, Memphis, TN
48. Sikh Center of Gulf Coast, Houston, TX
49. Siri Guru Singh Sabha, Richardson, TX
50. Sikh Gurdwara of North Texas, Garland, TX
51. Sikh Association of Central Virginia, VA
52. Guru Nanak Foundation of Tidewater Chesapeake VA

53. Singh Sabha Gurdwara, Fairfax, VA
54. Sikh Religious Society of Wisconsin Brookfield WI

Other Sikh Institutions:

1. Siri Guru Granth Sahib Found., Anaheim, CA
2. Sikh Speakers Network Inc., Atlanta, GA

3. Sikhs Serving America, Topeka, KS
4. Sikh Heritage Foundation, Long Island, NY
5. Sikh Youth Federation of North America, White Plains, NY
6. Sikh Educational & Religious Foundation, Dublin, OH
7. Sikh Youth Federation of USA, Toledo, OH
8. Academy of Guru Granth Studies, Arlington, TX

Sikh Society of Dayton joins American Sikh Council


Congratulation to the Sangat at Sikh Society of Dayton, Dayton, OH for joining the American Sikh Council as the newest member. The American Sikh Council welcomes the Sikh Society of Dayton as a new member and look forward to active participation from its members.

The Sikh Society of Dayton was founded 26 years ago and Sunday worship services were hosted in an old office building the group purchased at 1038 Forest Drive in Beavercreek. Through the years, the congregation has continued to grow, The growing sangat required a new location for the Dayton Gurudwara. The new Gurudwara was established on 2320 Harshman Rd. You can reach the gurdwara at (937) 237-9092 or via email:

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Sikhs hold an exhibit for over 300 Boy Scouts at Camp Woodland, Syracuse, NY

A Sikh exhibit was spearheaded by S.Kirpal Singh and S.Mohinder Singh of the American Sikh Council (ASC) at Camp Woodland, Constantia, NY, just east of Syracuse. This year is the 100th anniversary of the ‘Order of the Arrow’ of the Boy Scouts of America. To celebrate the anniversary Camp Woodland hosted a mini-Jamboree for Boy Scouts from several surrounding states. There were a few exhibits organized and one of those was the Sikh Faiths and Beliefs exhibit which had over a dozen enthusiastic volunteers. Dr.Baljinder Singh, S.Gurwinder Kaur, S.Ravneet Kaur, S.Jaskirat Singh, S.Balbir Singh, S.Gurdeep Singh, S.Navroop Kaur, S.Jeevan Singh, S.Dilraj Singh, S.Gagandeep Singh, Dr.Methab Singh, S.Amrik Singh, S.Baljit Kaur, S.Navheevan Singh, S.Amanpreet Singh and S.Prit Singh from the Syracuse area made a special effort to make the event really successful.


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ASC Representative at Prayer Vigil in Atlanta Church

S. Gulbarg Singh Basi, Chairperson ASC, was invited to participate as a Sikh representative at an Interfaith Prayer Vigil in solidarity with the brothers and sisters, victims of the shooting and their families, in Charleston. The Prayer Vigil was organized by Interfaith Community Initiative, and held from 12 – 1 PM at the Peachtree Christian Church, a historic Church in Atlanta. Christian of various denominations, Buddhist, Jews, Muslims and Sikhs were represented.

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Sikhs Share Grief at the AME Church Memorial Service in Charleston, SC

Sunday June 28, 2015, about sixteen Sikh representatives attended the 9:30 AM service at the mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, where nine Church goers were shot dead by a white supremacist on June 17, 2015. The Sikh delegation, consisting of three members from Atlanta, GA, six members from Columbia, SC, and another six members of the local Sikh community of Charleston, SC. were recognized by the congregation, while S. Gulbarg Singh and S. Randhir Singh, shared the grief with the victims’ families and expressed unity with the church Pastor and other members to work toward eliminating hate from among the human race. Vice President Joe Biden was also present at that prayer service and Sikh members got a chance to exchange a few words with the Vice President.

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ASC Representative attends service at Bethany Baptist Church, Lindenwold, NJ

S.Kavneet Singh representing the American Sikh Council (ASC) joined the several hundred members of the Bethany Baptist Church, Lindenwold, New Jersey on June 21, 2015 in prayer and to remember the nine African-Americans who were murdered by a young white supremacist terrorist at the Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, 2015. S.Kavneet Singh shared his condolences with Asst. Pastor Reverend Nicholas A. Smith and joined hands in prayer and solidarity with members of the church on this solemn occasion. Members of the church were very appreciative of the thoughtful gesture.

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Sikhs of Syracuse, NY participate in the Prayer Vigil for the Charleston massacre

sikhs-of-syracuse-ny-participate-in-the-prayer-vigil-for-the-charleston-massacre-2.jpg?w=300&h=242On June 20, 2015 Zion Hill World Harvest Baptist Church, Syracuse, NY hosted a interfaith prayer vigil in the afternoon for the nine people killed at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston during a prayer serviceon June 17, 2015. The Sikhs of the Sikh Foundation of Syracuse, Liverpool, NY and others from surrounding areas joined in solidarity with members of the Church in prayer and to reflect on the horror of the recent massacre. S.Mohinder Singh (pictured above on left) spoke about the lives of the nine innocent lives taken away at the AME Church in Charleston, SC. Other Sikhs who spoke at the prayer service included Dr.Baljinder Singh (pictured above meeting one of the Church members) and S.Ralph Singh. Members of the Zion Hill Baptist Church genuinely appreciated the camaradire and gesture of sincere empathy by the members of the local Sikh community at this juncture.

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Boy Scouts from Troop 621 and Troop 60 receive Sikh Religious Awards – San Ramon, CA

Starting in December 2014, S.Gurpreet Singh (SRA Counselor) and S.Preeti Kaur did the honor of running the first Sikh Religious Awards (SRA) course for the scouts in San Ramon, CA. Seven boys worked on the workbooks for (for 6-8 graders) and six completed the workbook (for 9-12 graders). Both these took them about 16 weeks to complete. They would gather at a home, take turns to read the material, reflect, brainstorm and discuss the concepts explained in the workbooks. They also related the stories and lessons to their everyday lives. S.Gurpreet Singh stated, “It was interesting to observe the many similarities in the Sikh Faith and Scouting. At the end of the course, S.Gurpreet Singh and S.Preeti Kaur arranged a field day where they conducted a Sikh prayer service at a home, with everything translated into plain English. This helped further solidify the concepts learnt from the two workbooks.

S.Gurpreet Singh, believes, “As we adults look back in our lives, it is imperative that concepts and thoughts we learnt, stick to our minds better than numbers and formulae. I’m sure that the boys will carry some great ideas from the Sikh Faith well into their old age and benefit from it.”

S.Gurdeep Singh appreciated the work by done by the American Sikh Council Boy Scout Task Force, “We thank the team that spent countless hours on preparing this course – truly a good cause!”

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Presentation done to teach Scout Leaders at the Mahalala Round Table, Westhampton, NJ

S.Kavneet Singh represented the American Sikh Council (ASC) and was invited to speak at the Mahalala and Quakesen District Round Table meeting held by Scout leaders in Westhampton, NJ on June 10, 2015. He explained and discussed the basic concepts of the Sikh Faith which included showing a documentary and took questions from the audience. Furthermore, he highlighted the four newly approved Sikh Religious Workbooks with the emblems for all genders and ages throughout Scouting. These new Sikh Religious Awards can be earned by a Scout of any Faith, starting from ages 6 – 18. Started late last year, already over a dozen Scouts have earned their emblems across the nation.

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ASC Rep speaks at the Ordination of Rev.Candi Dugas D.Min

Gulbarg Singh, Chairperson American Sikh Council, was invited to speak at the ordination of Rev. Candi Dugas D.Min into the ministry of the Church. The ordination took place on Saturday, June 6th, 2015, at the Impact Church, Atlanta, Georgia. S. Gulbarg Singh shared the message of the Sikh Faith on the presence of ‘The One’ in everyone. Every life is created by the same father taking the same ingredients and shaping them into forms, a little different from the rest but equally important and just the way ‘The Creator’ wanted them. The message was really appreciated by the gathering of about 200 attendees.

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