Sikhs in the Washington-Baltimore Area

October 31, 1998

Source: The Washington Post

On October 31, 1998, the Washington Post issued an article about the growing population of Sikhs in the Washington-Baltimore area, which has doubled in the last five years. Bhai Gurdarshan Singh, priest of Guru Gobind Singh Foundation in Rockville, MD, explains that this recent surge of Sikhs to the area is a result of the family and friends of previous immigrants, who came to the U.S. in the 1970s and 1980s, who have recently decided to emigrate from India. Today, about 1000 Sikh families, comprising 6000-7000 people, reside in...

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Fire at Connecticut Sikh Association

October 22, 1998

Source: The Hartford Courant

On October 22, 1998, The Hartford Courant reported on a massive fire that destroyed a large commercial building in downtown Hartford on October 20th. The Connecticut Sikh Association, which rented the second floor of the building and used it for worship services and other activities, had stored their copy of the Sikh holy books inside the building. The fire gutted most of the second floor, but the holy books and many religious artifacts survived the fire. Hargurpreet Singh, a member of the Connecticut Sikh Association,...

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Plans for California Gurdwara Approved

September 25, 1998

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On September 25, 1998, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that the Sikh Society of San Diego has gained approval from the Escondido City Council to add gold domes to an already approved plan for a Sikh temple in Escondido. The Escondido Planning Commission had previously denied the addition of the gold domes on the basis that it would be "incompatible with the "Southwestern" style of the neighborhood." The Sikh Society of San Diego appealed to city hall and they enthusiastically approved the addition.

Tragic Killing at Florida Sikh Gurdwara

August 23, 1998

Source: Sun-Sentinel

On August 23, 1998, one Sikh shot and killed another Sikh (and wounded two others) before shooting himself. Both men were devoted to the gurdwara. Long standing differences led to this unexpected tragedy despite the gurdwara's efforts to negotiate a reconciliation. One area of difference concerned seating in the gurdwara; this relates to humility and equality which are profound concerns in this faith tradition. Some of the media coverage was seen as problematic. "What happened at the Gurdwara could have happened at a church, a synagogue, or...

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Sikh Summer Camp: Passing on Religion, Heritage and Pride

July 18, 1998

Source: The New York Times

On July 18, 1998, the New York Times ran an article about a Sikh summer camp in the hills of Pennsylvania. Sikh youth come to Lohgarh Retreat to learn more about their religion, and to share with counselors and peers the issues and concerns faced by Sikh youth. Wearing a turban, a very visible sign of being a Sikh, can attract attention and even name-calling; at camp the turban is discussed as a reminder of identity.

Gurdwara Nishkam Seva, Irving

Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 5 November 2013.

Phone: 972-579-9646 [office], 214-289-8690 [office]
Website: /files/affiliate/jain/GurdwaraNishkamSeva.pdf
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Atlantic Coast Sikh Association

Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 11 October 2009.

Phone: 919-309-1045
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Activities and Schedule

The Atlantic Coast Sikh Association (ACSA) holds Diwans -- religious gatherings -- every Sunday, starting at 11:30 am, lasting until around 1:30 pm. At the conclusion of the diwan, the community gathers for a meal in the basement of the gurdwara.
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