HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF BY HTS & IAALV

The Hindu Temple Society and the Indian American Association of Lehigh Valley invite you all to “Pray and Help”
community event on Monday, September 4, 2017; 4.30-6.30 p.m. followed by simple dinner. Please join us for a prayer gathering and a
fundraiser pooja to support “Texans” to overcome this disaster.

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Rescue boats fill a flooded street at flood victims are evacuated as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey rise Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Please contribute generously. Your donations are tax deductible.
 
Thank You.
Team IAALV and HTS

India Day Flag Raising on Aug 15th, 2017

India’s 71st Independence Day

FLAG RAISING CEREMONY

When: Monday, August 15th 2016, Noon – 1:00 pm

Socialize and meet dignitaries 11:30 am – 12:00 noon
Flag Raising Ceremony 12:00 noon – 12:30 pm
Light Lunch and socialize 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Where: Allentown City Hall, 435 Hamilton St, Allentown, PA 18101

Tel: (610) 439-5999

All Are Cordially Invited To Join In the Celebration

To pay tribute to the most populous democracy of the modern world!

Light snack will be provided.

Officials from Allentown Mayor’s office, Allentown City Police Department, Fire Department will be present at the event.

August 15th, 1947, India became an independent nation.
Seventh largest country by area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people.
Home to the over 5000 years ancient Indus Valley Civilization.
Four world religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism—originated here, and Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Islam arrived in the 1st millennium CE and shaped its’ diverse culture.
India is a Federal Constitutional Republic governed under a Parliamentary System consisting of 29 States & 7 Union Territories.
India is a pluralistic, multilingual, multi-religious and multi-ethnic society.
India has general elections every five years.
2014 General Elections for 543 members (8,251 candidates contested) of parliamentary constituencies of India were conducted by the Election Commission, an independent Governmental body. It spanned over 35 days, with voter turnout of 66.38% with 814.5 Million registered voters making it the largest-ever election in the world.

Come join us to salute the Flag of India.

Folks, since 1989, The Mayor of City of Allentown has been by us on this day giving the Lehigh Valley Indian-Americans the privilege of hoisting the Indian flag at the Allentown City Hall. Come join us in honoring our birth country in our adopted country.

– Team IAALV

Foods of India 2017

When?

Saturday June 17, 2017 11:30 AM to 3:30PM

Where?

Charles Chrin Community Center of Palmer Township, 

4100 Green Pond Rd, Easton, PA 18045

What to Expect?

Major restaurants from Lehigh Valley will be showcasing their foods:

[Vendors list: coming soon]

Delicious home cooked food from few Lehigh Valley locals.

Indian Jewelry, Saree, Chudidaar, and other fashion items.

Get Mehndi/Henna on you palms and hands from the finest artists from around Lehigh Valley.

Cultural programs and games for children.

How does it work?

One dollar entree fee per person. Children under 2 are free.

One major change in our format this year is that there is no need to deal with coupons anymore; you pay directly to the vendor. Please bring cash and preferably small bills.

This is a fundraising event

Foods of India is one of IAALV’s popular annual event. We are very excited to continue the trend and present you the same this year. This is also one of our major fundraising event. part of the proceeds will be donated to Meals on Wheels. The dollars that we raise, help us undertake other projects on your behalf, meet operating expenses, publish our newsletters and also we support other charity organization around the Lehigh Valley by making donations to them.

Direction

Charles Chrin Community Center of Palmer Township, 4100 Green Pond Rd, Easton, PA 18045

Contact

Vendors please visit our Contact Form.

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FOI Flyer
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Disclaimer

TBD.

“Get out of my country!”… How to respond?

How do we respond when someone yells ‘Go back to your own country?’

We cannot leave OUR country but we can take some prudent steps to respond!!

 

Dear Esteemed Members of Our Community:

 

The results and sentiments of our latest election spilled out into the open as witnessed by several racially motivated recent events across the country. Unfortunately, we are seeing an increase in hate crimes against recent immigrant communities and anti-Semitism. This includes the recent shootings of two Indian-Americans in Kansas resulting in a fatality, shooting of a Sikh Indian-American in a Seattle suburb and the harassment of an Indian-American lady in a PATH train in New Jersey. While this is very un-American, it is indeed part of a populist movement happening here in the US and around the world; such acts are not acceptable in any shape or form.

 

Here is what IAALV (representing & serving 7,000+ Lehigh Valley Indian-Americans) plans to do:

  1. Sign a petition so that our voice is heard: Trump administration condemned the act but did not provide any plans for strict enforcements to curb any such hate crimes in the future. To begin the process, we urge each one of you to sign the following petition:

        https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/indian-engineers-target-hate-crime

  1. Take Gandhiji’s pacifying approach: If you face with such a situation, please do NOT give any attention to provoking further escalation of the situation. Disregarding could prove to be an ego bruising of someone usually angry about our perceived foreignness. Report the incidence to proper authorities and then contact IAALV.

        (IAALV Contacts: Arun Kumar 484-358-2335 or Ashim Bhowmick 610-457-4205)

  1. Let us not look the other way because it is easier to do so: Standing up for what we know is right is not always easy. Let us not ignore nor pretend to ignore what our fellow members and school going children are facing or could be facing. If we do, terrible things could happen.
  2. Our Rights and Obligations: We must continue a course consistent with and upholding our (and IAALV) ideals. We must understand while we have rights, we also have obligations toward OUR country. We are part of the cultural heritage here bringing each of the LV Indian-Americans closer to mainstream.
  3. Meet with Elected Officials: We want to send a few members of Team IAALV to meet our Congressmen and Senators to get their assurance that ‘We the People’ they represent are protected and safe.
  4. Media Relations: IAALV has enjoyed a very good relationship with press/TV for more than three decades. As a result more Lehigh Valley people know about India and our aspirations as LV Indian-Americans. We want to re-strengthen our relationship with the Press and send a positive and unified message with one voice.
  5. Federation of Indian-American Associations: We want to contact and open a dialog with the Federation to see how we can join hands to make things safer for us.

 

Finally my personal appeal to all LV Indian-Americans is to help let us have one voice. If all of us stand together and speak with a unified voice we can project a strong and positive image to change the perception of those who object to our being recent immigrants.

 

All the best as we forge ahead together!

 

Ashim Bhowmick                                                                                                    Arun Kumar

Board Chair, IAALV 2017-18                                                                           President, IAALV 2017

610-966-5057 (Home)                                                                                      484-358-2335 (Mobile)

610-457-4205 (Mobile)

 

Foods of India 2016

 

Foods of India 2016
Foods of India 2016

What to Expect?

Major restaurants from Lehigh Valley will be showcasing their foods:

  • Aromas of India
  • Bibi’s Grocery
  • Biriyani City
  • Mayuri Indian Cuisine

Delicious home cooked food from few Lehigh Valley locals.

Indian Jewelry, Saree, Chudidaar, and other fashion items.

Get Mehndi/Henna on you palms and hands from the finest artists from around Lehigh Valley.

How does it work?

Pay cash and buy coupons (each coupon is worth $1) at the venue gate to pay to our vendors. We only accept cash at this time. Only food vendors accept tickets. Non food vendors accept cash.

Pictures from our previous foods of India event.

Click here to view.

This is a fundraising event.

Foods of India is one of IAALV’s popular annual event. We are very excited to continue the trend and present you the same this year. This is also one of our major fundraising event. The dollars that we raise, help us undertake other projects on your behalf, meet operating expenses, publish our newsletters and also we support other charity organization around the Lehigh Valley by making donations to them.

Venue.

Charles Chrin Community Center of Palmer Township, 4100 Green Pond Rd, Easton, PA 18045

Foods of India – Thank You

34th Annual Foods of India Festival another Successful Indian Food Festival Offered by 2014-2015 Team IAALV

Dear Esteemed members of our community:

More than 800 Lehigh Valley residents attended the event this year at Chrin Center and they were treated once again with Indian delicacies. I’ve heard nothing but positive feedback about the event. Everyone had an absolutely fabulous time and all of our vendors were just perfect.

Thank you all once again for making it a beautiful event – Grand Success all around.
– Team IAALV

See you all in our upcoming Events Offered by Team IAALV
– Fri Aug 14 – Flag Raising at Allentown City Hall 11:30AM to 1:00PM Flag Raising at 12noon.
– Sat Aug 22 – Picnic (IAALV & AAPI jointly offers) – 10:00AM-3:00PM.