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Sikhism and Judaism: Separated at Birth?

This course was offered in Fall, 2017.

Amrik and KenThe Sikh faith was founded in the late fifteenth century in India by Guru Nanak, who preached tolerance and equality for every person. Sikhs are monotheists who, like the Jews, lost their kingdom. They have long struggled to re-establish an independent homeland, meanwhile creating vibrant Sikh communities worldwide.

Yet there are marked differences between Sikhism and Judaism. Sikhs have a martial tradition and cult of martyrdom, emphasize karma and reincarnation, practice cremation, are strict vegetarians, and have outlawed fasting.

In this multimedia survey, Ken Blady and Amrik Pannu Singh will compare and contrast various ethnological and religious concepts and symbols of the two faiths: holy city, holy writ, holy fraternity, holy sanctuary and holy food.


# Sessions
Date & time

Monday, October 16
1:00 - 2:00 pm

Session Time Days Location Instructors
Oct 16 1:00 PM–2:00 PM Mon JCCSF Amrik Singh Pannu Ken Blady



3200 California Street

San Francisco, CA 94118



Ken Blady

Ken BladyKen Blady is a Jewish educator, author and translator of seven works from Yiddish. He was born in Paris, France, and grew up in Chassidic Brooklyn, where he attended yeshiva and rabbinical seminary. A San Francisco Bay Area resident since 1972, Ken has a B.A. in History from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.A. in Clinical Counseling from California State University, East Bay. He is the author of “Jewish Communities in Exotic Places,” among other works. Ken has been featured on a number of radio and T.V. talk shows, including The History Channel documentary, “Operation Magic Carpet,” about the airlift of the Jews of Yemen to Israel.

Amrik Singh Pannu

Amrik Singh PannuAmrik Singh Pannu was born in Amritsar, Punjab and after residence for some years in England migrated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1991. An initiated (Khalsa) Sikh and congregant of the El Sobrante Gurdwara he has for many years served in the capacity of Administrator of the Religious School, as Teacher of Punjabi and Sikh doctrine, and as the Temple’s Librarian. Amrik has a BS in Agricultural Science and a Post-graduate degree in Rural Economics from universities in India. A resident of Hercules he is a volunteer at the Pinole Medical Center and at the Hercules Library.