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

May 2017

2017 Executive Committee


Mr. Bhairav Shah

(919) 845-9593


Vice President

Mr. Pritesh Shah

(919) 786-1377



Mrs. Jaynita Shah

(919) 889-2782



Mr. Ketan Mota

(919) 632-8726


Food Coordinator

Mrs. Neha Mehta

(919) 454-7447


Jain Pathshala


Mrs. Rita Lodaya

(919) 240-5564




Mrs. Avani Doshi

(704) 962-5329


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. Bhairav Shah

(919) 845-9593


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,

Our sincere gratitude to the community for their efforts and monetary donations. Mahavir Jayanti 2017 wouldn’t have been possible without your continued support.

We have Mother’s day and Father’s day events coming up next which again gives us something exciting to look forward to. More details in the Announcements section...


Ketan Mota

(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. Neha 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 (3rd Sunday)

Pathshala ends and pickup

12:30 pm (1st Sunday)

Pathshala ends and pickup


Sunday, May 21


“Amit Pothiwala”

2. Announcements

Highway Cleanup

Our center participates in Adopt-A-Highway cleanup twice a year.  The statewide Adopt-A-Highway program was established in 1988 and is a joint effort between community volunteers and NC Department of Transportation to keep our roads clean. JSCNC adopted a stretch of Highway 54 in Cary between Morrisville Parkway and Airport Boulevard. This stretch is named in honor of Mr. Lalit Banker.

We will continue this tradition at the upcoming Spring cleanup on 13th May. This is a fun activity for children and adults, and shows our commitment to our community.

Meeting Details:

9:00am on Saturday May 13th.

Neomonde Restaurant on Route 54

10235 Chapel Hill Road (Hwy. 54), Morrisville, NC 27560

Please call Priteshbhai at (919) 609-6301 or email at gujjunc@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

Mahavir Jayanti Celebration

Mahavir Jayanti was celebrated at the HSNC Cultural Hall on Sunday April 30th.  With a record turnout of about 450 people, and an accomplished participation in puja and the program, the event was regarded as a success.  The army of volunteers, the many sponsors, and the calibre of children, youth and adult performances underscored their hard work and dedication put behind this event.

You can view the pictures from the event by visiting the link below. Thank you Harshadbhai for capturing these moments.


Mahavir Jayanti Program 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

Harkuverben Mehta

(c/o Shantibhai Mehta & Family)

Fayetteville, NC


General MJ

In memory of Kiran from

Dr. Ramnikbhai and Mrs. Lataben Zota

Morrisville, NC


Hall Rental and Cleanup

Harshadbhai Shah

Raleigh, NC


General MJ

Dr. Ushaben Doshi

Raleigh, NC


Children Goodie Bags

Anand and Shweta Shah

Cary, NC


MJ Snacks & Tea

Mr. Vasantbhai & Mrs. Prabhaben Sejpal

Burlington, NC


Rehearsal Food and General MJ

Ketan and Neha Kurwa

Morrisville, NC


General MJ

Ritesh and Aditi Salot

Cary, NC


General MJ

Nirmala H. Shah

(Bimal, Tushar & Rajan Shah)

Cary, NC


Participant Trophies

Triangle Jain Group

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

Mother’s Day Celebration

JSCNC will be celebrating Mother’s Day at the next monthly meeting on May 21st.  Many thanks to Rameshbhai and Pragnaben Shah for sponsoring the Mother’s Day Lunch this year.

Please see a note for the kids in the Pathshala section.

Father’s Day Picnic

For your general information and planning purposes, we would like to announce that Father’s Day Picnic will be held on June 18th at Kiwanis Shelter in Bond Park.  As with every year, we will send out a separate email with more details and  instructions to register if you plan to attend.


YJA Pathshala

YJA Pathshala is an online self-paced course for learning more about Jainism. Intended for youth ages 16-29 who cannot regularly access a traditional pathshala, but open to anyone interested, these materials provide a basic foundational understanding of Jain principles and practice. Extensive prior knowledge of Jainism is not required.

Why Pathshala? Understanding of the meaning behind prayers, rituals and practice will make visits to temple more fulfilling and Jain practice more relevant to your day to day choices and actions. We hope that participants can take what they learn through the Pathshala and apply it to consider their own actions through the lenses of Jain principles such as non-violence, compassion and honesty.

Visit yja.org/pathshala to get started!

For more information, please contact Hetali Lodaya at (919) 260-9619 or via email at hetali.lodaya@yja.org

Amazon Shoppers 

Now you can contribute to JSCNC just by doing your regular shopping on Amazon. Visit smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com and pick Jain Study Center of North Carolina as your designated charity.  See the screenshot below.

Amazon will contribute a portion of the purchase price to JSCNC.  

Note that there is no cost to you.  So remember to visit smile.amazon.com every time you would like to shop at Amazon.

Pathshala Dues

JSCNC rents an after-school facility off Morrisville Pkwy., which charges a nominal rental fee for holding these Pathshalas.  Based on this and a few other factors, the committee has calculated the Pathshala fees for this year to be $60 in total per child.

If you haven’t already sent in your payment, please mail the check to our Treasurer ASAP at the following address:

Jaynita Shah

2004 Mountain Ct

Apex, NC 27502

Please make the check payable to “JSCNC” and write your child(ren)’s name in the memo. For example, "Child1, Child2".

Food Table
Please continue to refer to the below link for your assignments. There have been some updates which are highlighted in Yellow.


Note the Tithis shown in the table.  Please ensure proper rules are followed and contact the Food Coordinator, Neha Mehta, for any clarifications or concerns.

Weekly Workshop

Day/Time - Saturdays 9:30am to 11:30am every week

Place - Pravinbhai and Artiben Shah's residence

              509 Carriage Woods Circle

              Raleigh, NC 27607

Please contact Pravinbhai at 919-859-4994 for the latest information.

Weekly Swadhyay

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

Place - Lataben and Ramnikbhai Zota's residence

              604 Tranquil Sound Dr,

              Cary, NC 27519

Please contact Harshadbhai Shah at (919) 341 8894 or Dr. Ramnikbhai Zota at (919) 467 2186 for the latest information.

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 or at (919) 676-4548.

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 Workshop (Saturdays)


Pravinbhai’s Residence

Mr. Pravinbhai Shah

(919) 859-4994

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

Spring Highway Cleanup

13th May at 9:00am

Neomonde Restaurant on Route 54, Morrisville

Mr. Priteshbhai Shah

(919) 609-6301

Mother’s Day Celebration

21st May

HSNC Temple

Father’s Day Picnic

18th Jun

Bond Park, Cary

4. Pathshala Corner

Mother’s Day Celebration

We encourage all pathshala students to reflect upon, write and present a short paragraph, poem, song etc. honoring "MOM", during this monthly meeting.

Pathshala Time and Location


Champion Learning Academy

106 Pheasant Wood Ct

Morrisville, NC 27560


10:45 am onwards : Drop- off

11:00 am : Classes begin

12:30 pm : Pick-up on 1st Sunday

12:15 pm : Pick-up on 3rd Sunday (due to monthly Jain Meeting)

Note:  Please always refer to the emails from the JSCNC Pathshala mailer as the most up-to-date and accurate information for upcoming Pathshala events and potential changes to its schedules.

For further inquiries, please direct them to the email below.


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

5. Supporting our Center

You can support our Center by:

  • Becoming a member if you are not already: Please print a form from our website: http://jscnc.org/docs/MembershipForm.docx, complete it and mail it by following the instructions
  • By making a generous donation for Education Fund,  Jiv Daya, Mahavir Jayanti or General donation. Follow this link http://jscnc.org/HowToMakeADonation.php to learn how to make a donation.
  • Shopping at smile.amazon.com and picking Jain Study Center of North Carolina as the charity organization to support.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Ketan Mota

(Secretary, JSCNC)