Misl Richmond: Jakara Juniors

When I started at Jakara there years ago, I remember listing out some of my goals:  where in California could we formalize misls?  Where would we hold Lalkaar in the coming years?  Never, did I think that in 2014 we would be having Jakara 'firsts' in a whole other state (not to mention the opposite coast!).  Our first multi-day Jakara Juniors camp was held in Richmond, Virginia.  The sangat and volunteers were unconditionally welcoming, and ready to work hard for their community.  I spent three days with local volunteers working through a camp that focused on healthy choices, sangat, Sikh heros & sheroes, Gubani, and lots of fun activities.  Each of the facilitators and volunteers were committed to providing for these young participants a space to learn about themselves and each other.  From the local families that donated food, to those that made sure we had enough bananas for Roshni's relay games, to Baltej hauling wheel barrows full of soil for the new garden - everyone worked together to make this camp a success. Read more

SoCal Bonfire and 2nd Regional Meeting

We've had quite a few people join Misls LA, Orange County, and San Diego after Lalkaar! For all those that attended - come out to see your fellow participants and to share your experience with everyone else. We are looking forward to seeing everyone! It is a potluck so feel free to bring something to eat or drink! Have no idea what Jakara is, or have always wondered what it is all about? This bonfire is perfect for you. Get to know some of our local volunteers and what we've got planned in the coming months.The bonfire will be held at Bolsa Chica State Beach in Huntington Beach, CA Message our Community Organizer if you have any questions - amrit@jakara.org or 916-690-3185

First Ever Rally Against Underage Drinking

The Jakara Movement hosted its first ever alcohol awareness campaign. This past Saturday, June 28th, 2014 Misl Fresno and the Paaras Youth Center brought together Sikh Sangat for a rally at Rio-Vista Middle School. The rally was preceded by a hosted carnival games, a Sair for Sehat, as well as a basketball tournament. The day was packed with dozens of events throughout the rally and put to an end by highlighting up and coming artist Harleen Singh. The school was painted red by the sight of Sikh youth in Fresno running around with their red shirts that had the slogan, "Punjabis like me, proud and alcohol-free".   Read more

An idea to reality

Throughout the past two years Misl MN has tested out different ways to reach out to the sangat, gather volunteers and do sewa. One idea that came from our youth Gurshaan Madan was to start a food drive at our Gurdwara. He announced this idea to the sangat, bought a few bins in which the can goods/non-perishable items could be held. After just a year we have already collected 1,017.5lbs of food which has been donated to a nearby food shelf in Bloomington, MN (where our Gurdwara is located). Gurshaan collected food in the end of each week/month. We are SO proud that he brought an idea, executed it on his own (with help from sangat in donations). Shows that any idea (big or small) can make a HUGE difference!

Episode 5 - June 22, 2014 Show

Listen in on AM 900 KBIF 9-10pm PST Sunday Evenings Shabad of the day Guru Nanak, Guru Granth Sahib, p.1412 jau qau pRym Kylx kw cwau ]  isru Dir qlI glI myrI Awau ] If you desire to play the Game of LoveThen step onto my path with your head on your palm   Upcoming Events: June 28th - Rally Against Underage Drinking - Rio Vista Middle School 9-1pm - call Iqbal for details 559-677-7454 Bhujangi 7/13-23 - The Jakara Movement's very popular camp for Punjabi boys.  Register today - few spots left! Bhujangan 7/17-20 - The Jakara Movement's unique retreat for Punjabi girls in high school.  You don't want to miss it. Take the survey please!  Read more

Episode 4 - June 15, 2014 Show

Listen in on AM 900 KBIF 9-10pm PST Sunday Evenings Shabad of the day Guru Arjan, Guru Granth Sahib, p.199 pUrw inAwau kry krqwru ] The Creator gives complete justice.   Upcoming Events: Lalkaar Conference 6/19-22 - definitely a must for college-students!  Inspirational, educational, and fun!   June 28th - Rally Against Underage Drinking - Rio Vista Middle School 9-1pm - call Iqbal for details 559-677-7454 Bhujangi 7/13-23 - The Jakara Movement's very popular camp for Punjabi boys.  Register today - few spots left! Bhujangan 7/17-20 - The Jakara Movement's unique retreat for Punjabi girls in high school.  You don't want to miss it. Take the survey please! Read more

Episode 3 - June 8, 2014 Show

Listen in on AM 900 KBIF 9-10pm PST Sunday Evenings Vaar of the day Bhai Gurdas, Vaar 4 ਵਾਲਹੁ ਨਿਕੀ ਆਖੀਐ ਗੁਰ ਸਿਖੀ ਸੁਣਿ ਗੁਰਸਿਖ ਪਾਲੈ। ਗੁਰਸਿਖੁ ਲੰਘੈ ਪਿਰਮ ਪਿਆਲੈ ॥੧੮॥ The teachings of the Guru are subtler even than the hair itself; the Sikh should always follow them. The Sikhs of the Guru go across the world-ocean by virtue of their cup full of love.     Upcoming Events: June 14th – Free Water Seva in Honor of Shaheedi of Guru Arjan - call Iqbal for details 559-677-7454 Lalkaar Conference 6/19-22 - definitely a must for college-students!  Inspirational, educational, and fun!   June 28th - Rally Against Underage Drinking - Rio Vista Middle School 9-1pm - call Iqbal for details 559-677-7454 Bhujangi 7/13-23 - The Jakara Movement's very popular camp for Punjabi boys.  Register today - few spots left! Bhujangan 7/17-20 - The Jakara Movement's unique retreat for Punjabi girls in high school.  You don't want to miss it. Take the survey please! Read more

Misl Fresno Honors 2014 SHSS Seniors

Misl Fresno is excited to honor our four Sikh Honor and Service Society (SHSS) graduating seniors tonight.  The following four individuals are those that showed significant improvement or maintenance of their GPA and completed requisite 'service-learning' hours. These sevadar/nis are our future and we are pleased to be able to share their stories and celebrate their achievements. Event Details: WHO: Join us (EVERYONE IS WELCOME!)WHAT: Celebrate all local Sikh high schoolers - current sophomores, juniors, and seniors (along with their parents and families!) are especially encouraged to come!WHERE: Paaras Youth Center (5470 W. Spruce Ave Suite 103; Fresno, CA 93722)WHEN: Friday, May 30, 2014 at 6-8pm  Please call Iqbal Singh at 559-677-SIKH (7454) and let us know that you will be attending, so we can make sure we have enough space.  RSVP at this site.WHY: Learn about SHSS, Misl Fresno, the Jakara Movement, and most importantly - celebrate our local Sikh youth! Read more

Episode 2 - June 1, 2014 Show

Listen in on AM 900 KBIF 9-10pm PST Sunday Evenings Shabad of the day Guru Ramdas, Guru Granth Sahib, p. 407 ikAw Ehu Kty ikAw Ehu KwvY ijsu AMdir shsw duKu pieAw ] inrvYrY nwil ij vYru rcwey sBu pwpu jgqY kw iqin isir lieAw ] What shall they earn, and what shall they eat? Within their heart, they are filled with pain. Those who hates the One who has no hatred, they bear the load of sins/hurts of the world on their head.   Upcoming Events: June 8th – Freedom March and Rally Lalkaar Conference 6/19-22 - definitely a must for college-students!  Inspirational, educational, and fun!   Bhujangi 7/13-23 - The Jakara Movement's very popular camp for Punjabi boys.  Register today - few spots left! Bhujangan 7/17-20 - The Jakara Movement's unique retreat for Punjabi girls in high school.  You don't want to miss it. Take the survey please!  News: Dal Khalsa calls for "Amritsar Bandh" on June 6 Oak Creek Mayor writing book on Gurdwara attack by white supremacist Local Elections on June 3 - Front page of Fresno Bee with Sikh poll officer, Raj Sanghu    Read more

Jakara Juniors in Toronto 2014

Guest blogged by first-time volunteer Nimrata Virk Jakara Juniors was a great success this year and I'm thrilled to have gotten the opportunity to volunteer at the camp. The day was packed with a variety of activities that not only educated the children, but also taught me a few things. I got to meet and interact with many inspiring people who constantly emphasized the importance of going to the Gurdwara.  Read more


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