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

Aug 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,

I hope everyone is enjoying the long summer days.  Before we know it, school will start, beautiful Fall will begin and we will be trotting towards Winter.

To the kids and youths going to schools and colleges - best of luck in the coming year!

We are now looking towards the next two big events of the year.  Paryushan and Camp Lalit.  The committee is planning out both and will be sending out details as we get closer.  However, we do have some high-level information to share so you can pencil them in your calendars.

Also, please refer to the Pathshala section below for some very important changes to the August Pathshalas.

And, please note that the August meeting will be on the 4th Sunday (Aug. 28th) to coincide with Paryushan.


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, Aug 28 (4th Sunday)

Discourse Topic
Paryushan, A Spiritual Journey

Samani Dr. Suyashnidhiji

2. Announcements

Pathshala Changes

Please refer to the Pathshala section for some very important time and location changes for the two Pathshalas in the month of August.

Scholar Visits for 2016

Even though we are a relatively small center, JSCNC is fortunate to host 2-3 scholars each year.   We have the following scholar(s) who have confirmed to visit our center.  Please mark your calendars.  We will send out a detailed schedule with discourse topics once we get closer to their dates.

Shri Champakbhai Mehta:  7/21 - 7/26

Samanijis Shrutnidhiji and Dr. Suyashnidhiji: 8/23 - 8/28

Tejsahebji - 9/10 - 9/14

If you would like to host any of the scholars for lunch, dinner or discourse, while they are visiting us, please contact Paresh Gondalia (pgondalia@yahoo.com) and/or Pravinbhai Shah (jainaedu@gmail.com).

Also, as a general information, each scholar visit typically costs JSCNC approximately $600-$800.  We are grateful to everyone who contributes towards the Scholar fund, which helps make these visits possible.   If you would like to contribute as well, please contact Pritesh Shah or Sanjay Shah.

Paryushan Maha Parva - 2016

Jain Study Center of North Carolina will observe Paryushan from Aug 27 - Sep 3.  Please note that these dates are different from traditional Paryushan dates [Aug 29 - Sep 5].  The Committee is planning a number of activities to be held in this period.  A detailed Paryushan planner will be sent out as soon as all the dates/events are finalized.  The tentative schedule will be as follows:


August 27, 2016

10:30a - 1:00p

Saturday Puja - 1st Day of JSCNC Paryushan

Temple Hall


August 28, 2016

10:30a - 1:00p

During Meeting (4th Sunday)

Temple Hall

Friday, September 2, 2016

8:00p - 10:00p


Temple Hall


September 3, 2016

10:00a - 12.30p

Saturday Puja - Last Day of JSCNC Paryushan

Temple Hall


September 3, 2016

5:00p - 8:00p


At the Varia residence

Please note that the traditional Pratikraman will be held at Arvindbhai and Arunaben’s house at 7pm every day, and at 5pm on Chaudas and Samvatsari.

During this Maha Parva, we would like to send our good wishes to all those who are planning to do tapasya.  Please bring to our attention any tapasvis by sending an email to Bhairav Shah (bhairavshah@gmail.com).   All tapasvis will be recognized in the coming newsletters.

Finally, during the auspicious occasion of Paryushan, please consider donating towards Jiv Daya, Scholar Fund, Pathshala / Children's activities, or the General Fund.  All contributions to JSCNC are tax-deductible.  Please make your checks payable to "Jain Study Center of North Carolina" or simply "JSCNC", and either hand them to any Committee member, or mail them to the Treasurer at:

Mr. Sanjay Shah
200 Plyersmill Road
Cary, NC 27519

Note: Please include the specific Fund name in the memo.

Camp Lalit - 2016

JSCNC organizes an overnight camp each year.  The committee is working on setting up a registration and payment system and will publish it soon.  Please be on the lookout for a separate email with instructions on how to register.   This year it will held from Oct 1 - Oct  2.

Monthly Meeting Lunches

It has come to our attention that some families might be reserved in having lunch at the monthly meetings.  The reasons could be many, from not feeling comfortable to not knowing whether they could or not.

Regardless of your level of participation, please know that everyone is welcome, and we humbly ask for your participation in monthly meeting lunches.

If you would like to help, please contact this year’s Food Coordinator, Nishaben Mehta at (919) 303-4456.

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



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 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 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

JSCNC Paryushan Parva

Traditional Paryushan Parva

Aug 27 - Sep 3

Aug 29 - Sep 5


Mr. Priteshbhai Shah

(919) 786-1377

Camp Lalit

Oct 1 - Oct 2

Camp Laphio, Umstead Park

Mr. Kamleshbhai Shah


4. Pathshala Corner

Pathshala Time and Location

Our current pathshala location at Bear Cat Way  is no longer available for rent. We are in the process of exploring other options for our pathshala classes.  Please bear with us while we find a permanent location.

In the meantime, we are asking all parents to note the change in location and time for the two Pathshala Sundays in August:


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

A separate and detailed email to Pathshala parents has already been sent by the Pathshala director, Ritaben Lodaya.  As an additional 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:

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Bhairav  Shah

(Secretary, JSCNC)