JSCNC Newsletter

A Publication of Jain Study Center of North Carolina

509 Carriage Woods Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607 U.S.A.


A tax-exempt, non-profit religious organization. Federal Tax-exempt ID (USA): 56-1305715

Feb 2016

2016 Executive Committee


Mr. Pritesh Shah

(919) 786-1377


Vice President

Mrs. Vaishali Shah

(919) 802-4547



Mr. Sanjay Shah

(919) 467-9884



Mr. Bhairav Shah

(919) 845-9593


Food Coordinator

Mrs. Nisha Mehta

(919) 303-4456


Jain Pathshala


Mrs. Rita Lodaya

(919) 240-5564




Ms. Rupal Vora

(515) 991-3008


Youth Coordinators / Pathshala Teachers

Mrs. Rita Lodaya

(919) 240-5564


Mrs. Sejal Shah

(919) 845-9593


Mrs. Shweta Shah

(919) 678-9475




Hindu Center


Mr. Pravin Shah

(919) 859-4994


Mr. Pritesh Shah

(919) 786-1377


Mr. Harshad Shah

(919) 341-8894

Special Projects

Special Projects

Board Advisor

Mr. Kamlesh Shah

Religious Programs

Mr. Pravin Shah

Mr. Paresh Gondalia


Mr. Pritesh Shah

Annual Camp

Mr. Kamlesh Shah

Editor’s Corner

Jai Jinendra,

A fresh new year, with a fresh new committee (well, at least partly), and a fresh new beginning for the biggest event of the year - that’s right - the Mahavir Jayanti celebrations!

As we set our sights on this auspicious celebration, preparations are already under way.  Participants and Choreographers have signed-up and volunteer and sponsor requests are already coming in.

Please plan to join these celebrations as we look forward to a great time while we observe the birth of Mahavir Bhagwan.

Please read on for further information ...


Bhairav Shah

(Secretary, JSCNC)

Inside This Issue

  1. Monthly Meeting
  2. Announcements
  3. Upcoming Activities
  4. Pathshala Corner
  5. Supporting our Center

 1. Monthly Meeting

The community holds its monthly meetings at the Hindu Temple in Morrisville, NC.  We invite everyone to attend the monthly meetings.

For planning purposes, Please inform our Food Coordinator, Mrs. Nisha Mehta, if:

a) You are not a regular attendee of the monthly meetings, but *are* planning to attend  … OR …

b) You are a regular attendee of the monthly meetings, but are *not* planning to attend

Monthly Meeting Format

10:45 am


11:00 am

Administrative/Committee Announcements

11:15 am

Adult Discourse/Discussion

12:30 pm

Item(s) / Presentation(s) by Pathshala children

12:45 pm


01:00 pm


Pathshala Format

10:45 am

Kids drop-off to new location

11:00 am

Pathshala starts

12:15 pm

Pathshala ends and pickup


Sunday, Feb 21

Discourse Topic
“Gun and Paryah”

“Dr. Mahesh Varia”

2. Announcements

Food Table
Please continue to refer to the below link for your assignments.


Please note the January and February Tithis shown in the table.  Please ensure proper rules are followed and contact the Food Coordinator, Nisha Mehta, for any clarifications or concerns.


A call out for hosts - We are looking for families interested in volunteering as hosts during the monthly meeting lunches.  If you are interested, or would like more information, please contact Nishaben Mehta at (919) 303-4456.


Mahavir Jayanti Celebration

The Mahavir Jayanti Celebration program is scheduled to be on April 24th.  Planning is already underway and all involved are gearing up for another great event.

Mahavir Jayanti is one of the largest events sponsored by JSCNC, is open to everyone, and demonstrates the unity and generosity of the JAIN community.   As an interesting note, last year’s event attracted approximately 350 participants, volunteers and guests!

The Executive committee puts in a lot of planning to cater for such an event, but your support is what really makes this program a grand success.

Taking part in the stage program is not the only way to participate/support.  We are looking for volunteers and pledgers alike to help in many other ways.  Here are some ways you can help:

A great thank you to all those who have already signed up to volunteer.  To the volunteers, participants and all involved, we humbly ask that you provide your full cooperation to Program Directors and Choreographers.  This will help tremendously to plan and execute this program smoothly.  If there are any issues or concerns, please contact the Mahavir Jayanti Coordinator, Neha Mehta, or the President, Pritesh Shah.

Mahavir Jayanti Program Sponsors

On the note of sponsors, we would like to recognize the following families for their generous donations towards the program.   We greatly appreciate your support and contributions.






Swami Vatsalya




General MJ




Children goodie bags

Dr. Dipen & Mrs. Pallavi Shah

Morrisville, NC


MJ Snacks & Tea

Mr. Vasantbhai & Mrs. Prabhaben Sejpal

Burlington, NC


Rehearsal Food




Participant Trophies

Dr. Selene and Mrs. Zankhana Parekh

Cary, NC

* - Amounts are approximate - Sponsors have pledged full amount based on actual cost

Mahavir Jayanti Program Practice

Beginning this year, and contrary to the past, Pathshala will continue during the period between now and Mahavir Jayanti celebrations.  This is to ensure that our children continue their learning of Jain religion in parallel to Mahavir Jayanti preparations and practices.  There are still some exceptions, though.  Please see the Pathshala Corner for complete information.


Pathshala Dues

Beginning in 2015, our children are now attending pathshala in a rental facility that has more room and better sitting arrangements.  This provides a considerably better learning environment for them as we had outgrown the previous facility.

A side benefit that sprouted from this, was the reduced fees for renting the facility.  As we had already collected Pathshala dues last year based on HSNC rental fees, there were some funds that remained over.

As such, the committee has decided not to collect Pathshala dues for all returning Pathshala students.  We do have a few new students this year, and to keep it as fair as possible, we will be requesting the new students/parents for the Pathshala dues.  To those parents, please watch out for a separate communication (phone or email) on this.


Weekly Swadhyay

As a reminder, weekly Swadhyays are now held at Dr. Ramnikbhai and Lataben Zota’s residence.

Day/Time - Tuesdays, 5:15 PM to 6:45 PM

Place - Lata and Ramnik Zota's residence

604 Tranquil Sound Dr, Cary, NC 27519

Contact - Harshad Shah - (919) 341 8894

                  Dr. Ramnik Zota -  (919) 467 2186


Weekly Mahavir Puja

Every Saturday, a Mahavir Puja is performed at the Hindu Temple.  Volunteers sign up to perform this Puja, and are assigned specific Saturdays.

The Puja is very simple and takes less than one hour.  It is a great way to teach and prepare children with this important ritual, so that they find confidence in performing it during daily routine, special occasions or even pilgrimages in India.  Children will learn how to perform the kesar Puja and all aspects of Asht prakari Puja.

Mrs. Rekha Banker, who coordinates weekly Puja, will be happy to demonstrate in person, and has several books with illustrations to help.  If you are interested, please contact her at rekla78@gmail.com.



3. Upcoming Activities

Please visit http://www.jscnc.org and click Events. The calendar has the most up-to-date listing of all confirmed activities for the year.  All the tithis (Lunar Days) are also posted on the online calendar.  Here is a list of some key dates:





Weekly Swadhyay (Tuesdays)

5:15 pm

Zota Residence

Mr. Harshadbhai Shah

(919) 341-8894

Weekly Mahavir Puja (Saturdays)

10 am

HSNC Temple

Mrs. Rekhaben Banker

(919) 676-4548

Mahavir Jayanti Cultural Program

April 24

HSNC Cultural Hall

Mrs. Neha Mehta

(919) 454-7447

4. Pathshala Corner

Mahavir Jayanti Program Practice
Beginning this year, and contrary to the past, Pathshala will continue during the period between now and Mahavir Jayanti celebrations.  This is to ensure that our children continue their learning of Jain religion in parallel to Mahavir Jayanti preparations and practices.  There are still some exceptions, which should have already been communicated by the Pathshala teachers.  In short, the first Sunday Pathshala in March and the two Pathshalas in April will be utilized for practices, and as such there will be no Pathshala on those days.


Pathshala Time and Location

Students are now attending Pathshala at the following location which is nearby to the Temple.  Parents will have to drop their kids to this location  To help you plan the drop-off and pickup, please note the meeting and pathshala schedules in the Monthly Meeting section.

New Location: 4000 Bear Cat Way, Suite 104, Morrisville, NC 27560
New Time: Classes will be held from 11 am to 12:30 pm on both Sundays (first and third).


The Pathshala teachers can be reached at JSCNCpathshala@gmail.com.

5. Supporting our Center

You can support our Center by:

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Bhairav  Shah

(Secretary, JSCNC)