Spokane Sikh Temple

$8,158 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 199 people in 40 months
Ayesha Malik
on behalf of Subarna Floura-Nagra
 GREENACRES, WA
We are saddened to hear the acts of vandalism at our community Gurdwara. This morning, an individual broke into the Sikh Temple and proceeded to vandalize the interior of the worship space, and destroyed the sacred and holy text. Damages are estimated to be near $50,000.

Just a few months ago, we invited the community to learn more about their Sikh Neighbors. we did this because even though Sikhs have been an integral part of our community for over 100 years, we have seen an uptick in actions fueled by bigotry and hatred recently, both locally and nationally. These events against the Sikh community are shameful. We at the Interfaith Council are committed to having our community meet their neighbors in an effort to break down barriers.

Because in Spokane, we value our neighbors, and know that limiting our conversations to one group is not building community. If we are not actively sharing in the joys and sorrows of our Jewish neighbors, our Sikh neighbors. If we are deaf to the cries for help or the rich laughter of our Muslim neighbor, our atheist neighbor, if we are blind to the celebrations of our Hindu and Christian friends, then we are limiting our compassion and not living up to our share values. Compassion and community are American values. This is not just something people of faith must do, but all people who call themselves American.

In response to these acts, the Spokane Interfaith Council has launched a gofundme account to help offset the costs of the damage. We encourage everyone committed to visit our website for more information on how to donate to this fund, and how to better Meet your Neighbors.
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Today was the first Sunday service since the attack. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich & members of the Spokane Interfaith Council Board attended the service to show support to the Sikh community.

Many sobbed through the service as the attack is still fresh on their minds. Even though material things can be replaced, some members of the congregation will be forever scarred.

The Sikh Temple of Spokane would like to thank everyone who has donated so far. The love and support has been astounding . Thank you to all!
Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich & SIFC at Langar
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Subarna Nagra, a member of the temple, captured this video of the damage done to the temple.
Video of the damage done to the temple
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$8,158 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 199 people in 40 months
Created March 3, 2016
Ayesha Malik
on behalf of Subarna Floura-Nagra
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LH
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Lesley Haskell
39 months ago
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Many blessings. I pray you can heal and find peace.

SJ
$101
Sukhwant Jhaj
39 months ago
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You are in our thoughts. Peace.

GS
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Gagan Singh
39 months ago
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AM
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Alani Manystars
39 months ago
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MY
$25
Marcia Yep
39 months ago
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I am so sorry for this senseless act of violence.

HB
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Hanna Baptist
39 months ago
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Many years ago, in a different state, my church had to install a camera system because someone broke into it. Luckily, they did not take much, but there was still a sense of unease because someone violated our holy space. I can't even imagine how much worse it is for you, because hatred and misunderstanding led to that damage. My heart goes out to all of you who have been affected by this tragedy.

NH
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Nikki Hessner
39 months ago
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Lauren Gilmore
39 months ago
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CL
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Cassius Ledeboer
39 months ago
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RS
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Rabbi Tamar Malino Temple Beth Shalom
39 months ago
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