GNFA Vaisakhi Celebrations April 14 and 16 2017

Celebrating the life of Dr Ajaib Singh Sidhu

In Memoriam

Dr. Ajaib Singh Sidhu

Dr. Ajaib Singh Sidhu, M.D., Ph.D., passed away peacefully on April 10, 2017.  A Sikh statesman, a researcher and physician, Dr. Sidhu was a very accomplished professional, and a pioneer in establishing the Sikh community in the Washington metropolitan area. His accolades include: Awardee of  Shakuntla Amir Chand Prize for Medical research on Encephalitis Epidemic in Infants and Children in Delhi (1954-1955) – awarded by Indian Council Of Medical Research (1958),  International Post Doctorate NIH fellowship 1964, NRI—Hind Rattan Award, India 2008, NRI – Nav Rattan Award India 2010, NRI- Global Indians Health Sector Gold medal Award, London, UK Sept 2010, Registry in International Who’s who, Geneva, Switzerland.  He started his professional life in the US as a fellow in Gastroenterology, in Washington, D.C under Dr. Howard Tickten. He completed his Residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Liver Disease, at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, Boston under Dr. Thomas Chalmers. Most recently, he practiced as a physician of Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology, affiliated with a number of area hospitals, including Howard County General Hospital, Bon Secours Hospital, Maryland General Hospital, University Specialty Hospital, Somatic Physician, and Spring Grove Hospital Baltimore, MD. From 1972 to March 2017, he provided consultation for addiction services at Methadone Treatment Program, Baltimore, MD, was Medical Director of EJAL Addiction Center Glen Burnie, MD, JAEL Addiction Center, Ellicott City, MD, Medical Director Allegany County, Cumberland, MD, and a physician at Phoenix Health Center, Hagerstown, MD.

Dr. Sidhu also had an engaging academic career, holding the following posts: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Howard University College of Medicine, Washington DC, and Instructor in Medicine at University of Maryland School Of Medicine. In India, he was Assistant Research Officer for studies on Delhi Epidemic Of Infectious Hepatitis, Assistant Research officer at All India Institute Of Medical Sciences, N. Delhi,—studied Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease, Lady Harding Medical College, New Delhi, MD, Pediatrician –as Post Doctoral fellow, Irwin Hospital, N. Delhi, MD. He also studied the Encephalitis Epidemic in New Delhi, Infectious Hepatitis Delhi – The Biggest Water Borne Epidemic in the World. His work was performed under several research grants.

Dr. Sidhu served in the US as Chairman and member of Cost Containment, Howard County General Hospital under Medical and Chirugical Faculty of the State of Maryland. He was chairman of the Patient Review Committee.

Despite his full professional and academic career, Dr. Sidhu was committed to growing and nourishing the Sikh community. He was a founding member of the Sikh Resource Center, MD and a founding member of the GNFA gurdwara in Silver Spring, MD. He founded the Dharmik, Sikh Affairs, Discipline Committee, and Scholarship Committees at GNFA. In addition, he started Sunday School for Sikh kids. He continued to teach lessons from his life to children at Gyan Sagar Gurdwara, to his last days. As a writer, he published several articles in both medical and community publications, such as Sikh Times (Voice of Sikhs), and Sikh Destiny. In addition, Dr. Sidhu was a charter member of the Khalsa Toastmasters. He worked diligently on providing avenues for people of all ages and backgrounds to be able to be confident and comfortable in their own skin.

Dr. Sidhu devoted his personal time to a number of services for the general public as well. He served on the Howard County Alcoholism Advisory Committee, and as Medical Co-ordinator of the Health Fair at Howard Community College, Columbia, MD. He was the First Sikh Pastoral Care Volunteer at Howard County General Hospital, the first Sikh to be certified as a National Disaster Chaplain, Emotional Spiritual Care Volunteer in Montgomery County, and was FEMA trained. He participated in several Interfaith Prayer Services in these roles, including the Ebola Relief Event at the Civic Center in Silver Spring, MD.

He was a loving, caring, dynamic, vibrant spirit. He is survived by his loving wife, Dr. Hema Kaur Sidhu, and sons Vikram and Mohinderjeet.

It is hard to FORGET someone who gave us so much to Remember.

Please join us to celebrate Dr. Ajaib Sidhu’s Life:


Funeral and Cremation: Wednesday, April 12, 1 pm -3pm

March Life Tribute Center

7601 Sandy Spring Road, Laurel, MD 20707

Please join us for Ardaas after the cremation at GNFA, 12917 old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904.

Sehaj Paath (Reading of Holy Scripture): At Sidhu residence: 5216 Lynngate Road, Columbia, MD 21044

Paath Arambh: Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 10 am

Paath Samapti: Sunday, April 16, 2017, 10 am


Antim Ardaas (Prayers): Sunday, April 16, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm

Kirtan and Guru Ka Langar (Hymns and community meal)

Guru Nanak Foundation of America

12917 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904


Contact: 410.362.8888

Rehraas Sahib Paath Recital May 13 2017

Hola Mahala Hangama on Sunday, March 12, 2pm to 4pm at Marilyn Praisner Community Center in Burtonsville

Dear Sadh Sangat ji,

The Young Khalsa Girls (YKG) have organized an afternoon of family bonding, food (chai and pakodas) and games (bingo) for the elders in our community. This is a FREE event for all. The event is called Hola Mahala Hangama is held on a Sunday, March 12, 2pm to 4pm at Marilyn Praisner Community Center in Burtonsville. This is 5 minutes from GNFA. Free rides from GNFA parking lot will be provided from 1:30pm onwards to the event. Please text/call contact 443 629 0794 to arrange a free ride.
All families are welcome to bring their elders to this event. There is no hidden agenda, the only goal of YKG is to have our youth BOND with the elders in our community, and have a family fun day. To give back a little of their time to the elders (grandparents) who have given them so much. Please grace this event with your presence, it will mean a lot to us. We need everyones support. Most of all the elders in our community deserve this special day just for them.

In Loving Memory of Sardarni Jagjit Kaur Aneja

Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa, Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh-

We are writing to share the passing of  ​​ Sardarn​i Jagjit Kaur Aneja, loving mother of Pardeep, Manjot ​, and  Jaspreet ​ Singh Aneja​ ​ and sister of Sardar Gajind ​a​ r Singh ​ and Dr. Gurbachan Singh​ . ​​   ​ She was a blessed Gursikh and the nucleus of our family.  ​After leaving this world on Tuesday, January 24 at 8:30 pm, she  continue​​s ​  her incredible  journey​​   ​to become one with  Waheguru.  ​​ Please join us as we celebrate her beautiful life ​ at the ​following events:

Funeral Service:
​Saturday, ​ January  ​28, 2017
​3​  to  ​5​  pm
Life Tribute Center
7601 Sandy Spring Road
Laurel, MD 2070 ​7
Phone: 301-490-1550​ ​

Kirtan and Antim Ardas:
​Saturday, ​ January 28, 2017
5 to 7 pm
Guru Nanak Foundation of America
12917 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904
P ​hone: 301-384-2133

Gur Fateh-

The Aneja Family
3​01-802-0639 ​

Sardar Gajind​a​r Singh

November 20, 2016 Election Results

A total of 101 ballots were cast and the results are as follows:

Mrs. Devinder Kaur Pabla 85

Mrs. Priti Kaur Sood 95

Mr. Ranvir Singh Floura 96

Mr. Harmeet Singh 90

Mrs. Navneet A. Singh (Neeta) 97

Mr. Parminder Ahuja (Sunny) 94

Mr. Surinder Singh 84

Mr. Kawaldeep Chadha (KD) 93



Thakur Singh Scholarship

Thakur Singh Scholarship – 2016

1.   GNFA is pleased to announce The 2016 Thakur Singh Scholarship that provides need-based financial support in the amount of $2,000 to students of GNFA community pursuing graduate or professional education.  The Amar Kartar Foundation established the scholarship to honor the memory and contributions of Thakur Singh.

2.     Please read the attached compliance criteria and submit the application form no later than August 13, 2016. A panel of Judges will interview and pick up the candidate on Saturday, August 20th. The Scholarship will be presented on Sunday, August 21st in the afternoon Diwan.

3.   For more information, please contact: Gajinder Singh, at 410-740-1225 (H); 410-370-3684 (C)


–      Gajinder Singh

Vaisakhi 2016 – In Pictures


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Annual GNFA Sikh Youth Camp Applications Due June 10, 2016

Please fill out camp_virsa_2016 Application form

PowerPoint presentation and Talk on Sikh Heritage in West Panjab (Pakistan) Sun 10 Apr 16

Dr. Pritpal Singh from the Sikh Research Institute will present a PowerPoint presentation and talk on the rich Sikh Heritage in West Panjab (Pakistan) at GNFA on Sunday, April 10, 11 am-11:45 am.
This will feature Sikh history, Panjabi poetry, and emotional stories of the Sikh homeland.  From the popular sites like Panja Sahib & Nankana Sahib, Waris Shah’s tomb, Dargah of Bulle Shah & Pir Mian Mir, to place of Martydom of Akali Phula Singh and countless mothers from torture chambers of Zakhira Khan, the presentation captures not only the history but also integrates the Sikh teachings to both the young and the old.

SikhHeritagePakistanPlease join us for this informative and inspiring presentation.
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