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
2016 Executive Committee
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.
Inside This Issue
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
NEXT MONTHLY MEETING
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and/or Pravinbhai Shah (email@example.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
August 28, 2016
10:30a - 1:00p
During Meeting (4th Sunday)
Friday, September 2, 2016
8:00p - 10:00p
September 3, 2016
10:00a - 12.30p
Saturday Puja - Last Day of JSCNC Paryushan
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
Please continue to refer to the below link for your assignments.
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 email@example.com or at (919) 676-4548.
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:
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.
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Your support is greatly appreciated.