JSCNC Newsletter

A Publication of Jain Study Center of North Carolina

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


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

May 2013

2013 Executive Committee


Mr. Pratyush Mehta

(919) 967-6270


Vice President

Mrs. Neha Mehta

(919) 233-8837



Mr. Anand Shah

(919) 678-9475


Food Coordinator

Mrs. Heena Mehta

(919) 967-6270


Youth Coordinator

Mrs. Rita Lodaya

(919) 240-5564


Mrs. Sejal Shah





Hindu Center


Mr. Pravin Shah

(919) 859-4994


Mr. Pratyush Mehta

(919) 967-6270


Mr. Harshad Shah

(919) 341 8894

Special Projects

Special Projects


Mr. Jagdish Shah

(919) 847-3447



Mr. Pritesh Shah

Raleigh, NC

Annual Camp

Mr. Kamlesh Shah

Cary, NC

Sustainment Committee

Mr. Kamlesh Shah

Cary, NC

Religious Programs

Mr. Pravin Shah
Mr. Kirit Shah

Editor’s Corner

Jai Jinendra,

Mother’s Day is on May 12th. On Behalf of the Executive Committee, I wanted to wish all the MOMs or to-be MOMs a very Happy Mother’s Day. JSCNC will also celebrate this special occasion in the next meeting. Details are in the “Monthly Meeting” section.  


Anand  Shah

(Secretary, JSCNC)

Inside This Issue

  1. Monthly Meeting
  2. Announcements
  3. Upcoming Activities
  4. Pathshala Corner
  5. How to Support Jain Study Center of NC

 1. Monthly Meeting

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

Please inform our Food Coordinator, Mrs. Heena Mehta for planning purposes if you are planning to attend.

Monthly Meeting Format

10:45 a.m.


11:00 a.m.

Item(s) / presentation by Paathshala children

11:15 a.m.

Administrative/Committee activities

11:30 a.m.


12:45 p.m.

Other Announcements

01:00 p.m.


We will celebrate “Mother’s Day” in this meeting. In addition to our standard meeting format, we will have children say something special to their moms. Since we are going to have sponsored lunch, please make sure you inform our food coordinator if you do not regularly attend the meeting. This is just for planning purposes.


May 19th

Discourse Topic



Dr. Mahesh Varia

2. Announcements

Mahavir Jayanti 2013

Mahavir Jayanti was celebrated at HSNC cultural hall on Sun April 28, 2:00pm. Every year we have a huge turnout! (350 people this year) The event was a huge success and a great demonstration of community support and unity.  

Message from our current president Mr. Pratyush Mehta:

Jai Jinendra,

The 2013 committee would like to thank ALL the volunteers, choreographers, coordinators and the community at-large who helped us make this year's Mahavir Jayanti program a huge success. I specifically want to thank the Mahavir Puja coordinators, Kiritbhai Shah and Pritesh Shah and the cultural program coordinators, Ritaben Lodaya and Sejal Shah for their time and hard work for this year's program. The exhibition coordinated by Pravin Shah was well received by everyone. Thank you also to all the sponsors for their financial support for this annual event.

Pratyush Mehta

Mahavir Jayanti Program DVDs

JSCNC Audio team is working on making Mahavir Jayanti 2013 program DVDs available. As you might know, the entire program was recorded on high quality video camera and we strive to prepare edited versions from raw footage for better viewing experience. The entire program will be available in one or two DVD sets. We will also have high resolution pictures available.

To help us with distribution and planning, please fill out the following pre-order form.


We will also have a sign up sheet in the next monthly meeting. Our goal is to prepare the DVDs by the next monthly meeting (May) and should be available for collecting personally. Due to logistics involved with this, we will not be able to mail anyone these DVDs. The committee is requesting a nominal charge of $3 per set (Cash Only) to cover the administrative costs. You are welcome to donate more and the proceeds will be added to the General Fund for future activities.

JAINA Convention - 2013

When: July 4 - 7. 2013

Where: Novi, Michigan

Hosted by Jain Society of Greater Detroit

Visit: http://convention.jaina.org for more information.

3. Upcoming Activities

Ths JSCNC 2013 calendar is online. 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:

** Tithi Calendar for 2013 is now updated **





Weekly Swadhyaya (Mondays)

7.30 pm

HSNC Library

Mr. Harshad Shah

Weekly Mahavir Puja

10 am

HSNC Temple

Mrs. Rekha Banker

Annual Father’s Day Picnic

Jun 16th (all-day)

Lake Crabtree Park

4. Pathshala Corner

JSCNC Pathshala serves our young kids to instill spiritual development, self-awareness and promote Jain identity in individuals, based on the principles of Jainism. The teachers pay special attention to the needs of young and older groups and have structured curriculum as such.


The Paathshala classes take place every first Sunday of the month from 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Hindu Temple Cultural Hall AND on 3rd Sundays during the monthly meeting. If you plan to attend and/or need more information, please call Mrs. Rita Lodaya or Mrs. Sejal Shah. Paathshala e-mail address is JSCNCpathshala@yahoo.com.

Mother’s Day Celebration

We have not had a pathshala for past several months due to Mahavir Jayanti preparations. The pathshala will resume this month from May 19th (Mother's day meeting) and we encourage all pathshala students to reflect upon, write and present a short paragraph, poem, song etc. honoring "MOM", during jain meeting.

5. Supporting our center

You can support our Center by:

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Anand  Shah

(Secretary, JSCNC)