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 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,

Preparations have begun for our biggest event this year, Mahavir Jayanti program 2017 ! Participants and Choreographers have signed-up and volunteer and sponsor requests are already coming in.

As always we look for your continued support.

Please read on for further information ...


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, Feb 19

Discourse Topic
“Atma Siddhi”

“Mr. Pravin Shah”

2. Announcements

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.

YJA Southeast Regional Retreat

YJA will be hosting their Southeast Regional Retreat on March 17-19 weekend in Pigeon Forge, TN.  Any young Jains between the ages of 14 and 29 are encouraged to attend. There will be educational sessions, YJA youth of all ages, and fun Jain activities. The attendee will also get a retreat shirt!

Visit https://yja.org to register for the Southeast Retreat today. Transportation and car pools can be arranged.

For more information email southeast@yja.org or tweeter #YJARetreats2017

As a community, it is important we support our youth in these sorts of events as an encouragement of their getting together and meeting other young Jains.  Please consider contributing towards this event.  With categories such as meals, traveling expenses and lodging accommodations, whatever we collect, it can go towards sponsoring a whole category or two.  Thank you in advance for your support of our youth.​

If you'd like to contribute, please write a check payable to "JSCNC" and write “YJA Retreat”  in the memo.  You can do one of the following:


Jaynita Shah

2004 Mountain Ct

Apex, NC 27502

Mahavir Jayanti Celebration

We are glad to have Mrs. Ritaben Lodaya serve as Mahavir Jayanti Program Coordinator this year.

The Mahavir Jayanti Celebration program is scheduled to be on April 30th.  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, Rita Lodaya, or the President, Bhairav 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

Triangle Jain Group


MJ Snacks & Tea

Mr. Vasantbhai & Mrs. Prabhaben Sejpal

Burlington, NC


Rehearsal Food



Participant Trophies

Diya and Parimal Shah

Cary, NC

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

Mahavir Jayanti Program Practice

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

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.

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

Every family whose children attend the Pathshala must do one of the following. Deadline to complete either option is Feb 19th.


Jaynita Shah

2004 Mountain Ct

Apex, NC 27502

Weekly Swadhyay

Note: Swadhyays will resume from Feb 28, 2017

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

Place - Lata and Ramnik Zota's residence

              604 Tranquil Sound Dr, Cary, NC 27519

Please contact Harshad Shah at (919) 341 8894 or Dr. Ramnik 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 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 program

April 30th 1:30pm

HSNC Cultural Hall

Mrs. Ritaben Lodaya

(919) 240-5564

4. Pathshala Corner

Mahavir Jayanti Program Practice
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 Sundays Pathshala in March and April will be utilized for practices, and as such there will be no Pathshala on those days.

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:

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Ketan Mota

(Secretary, JSCNC)