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  • Jodi Samuels

What's Jewish About a Trip to India?

I am often asked, what’s Jewish about taking a trip to India?

After soaking in the breathtaking views of the Himalayan Mountains (appreciating G-d’s creation) with our group (JIC x Justifi), we made our way toward the largest Sikh temple in the world - the Golden temple.

Before making it to the temple, we visited a Sikh home - a great opportunity to learn about the Punjabi region and culture and the Sikh religion.

Just as in Judaism, the Sikh worship only one god. There are no idols, statues, or religious pictures in their places of worship, and they regard G-d as having no physical form. No candles, incense, bells, or other ritualistic devices exist.

Social justice is integral to the Sikh religion, as just as in Judaism. Here at the Golden Temple, the Sikhs run a food kitchen. It operates all year round, 24 hours a day, feeding everyone regardless of religion or class. They feed 80,000-100,000 people on weekdays, 200,000 on weekends, and 300,000 on holidays.

Honesty, compassion, generosity, humility, integrity, service, and spirituality are key values to the Sikhs, just as they are to Jews.

Actively participating in giving, sharing, kindness, and real social justice together with the Sikhs reminds us of one simple but powerful fact:

Each one of us can make an impact on the world.

To read more about our trip, please visit


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