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

Jul 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,

As absent as I was from the Father’s Day Picnic, I heard it was a great time had by all!

Summer is in full swing!  Enjoy the outdoors, but please stay cool and safe …

Please refer to the Pathshala section below for a very important change for this Sunday’s Pathshala.


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, Jul 17

Discourse Topic
Karma and Atma

Dr. Mahesh Varia

2. Announcements

Pathshala Changes

Please refer to the Pathshala section for some very important time and location changes for the Sunday, July 17th Pathshala.

Father’s Day Picnic

In keeping with the annual tradition, JSCNC celebrated Father’s Day in a special outdoor picnic format.  Many thanks to Amit and Ishita Pothiwala for sponsoring the event this year.

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the picnic successful.  As always, the kids did a phenomenal job on appreciating their Dads.  There was a record 140-150 attendance.  Everyone enjoyed some great weather, food and a game of bingo.  What?!  Bingo?  Sounds like I missed out on all the fun!

Check out some of the memories made here, courtesy of Pritesh Shah:


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

Samnijis: 8/23 - 8/28

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 $500.  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.

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.



A call out for hosts - We are looking for families interested in volunteering as hosts during the monthly meeting lunches.  If you are interested, or would like more information, please contact Nishaben Mehta at (919) 303-4456.


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

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.

In the meantime, we are asking all parents to note the change in location and time for the Sunday, July 17th Pathshala as detailed below:

            DROP OFF:

10:45 to 10.55 am : Drop off at HSNC Temple (Please make sure you enter from the front of the temple and  sign in as usual)

11.00 am - Kids presentation for JSCNC monthly meeting

After the kids presentation, the Pathshala teachers will walk the kids to HSNC Cultural Hall (our old location) for classes.



1:00 pm : at HSNC Cultural Hall (Please pick up promptly and do not forget to sign out)

A separate email to Pathshala parents has already been sent by the Pathshala director, Ritaben Lodaya.  Please direct any questions 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)