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

Oct 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,

Well, first of all, it was a relief we didn’t have a repeat of last year.  Last year’s Hurricane Joaquin forced us to cancel Camp Lalit for the first time ever.

Not this year!  This past weekend turned out to be gorgeous; a great environment for soaking in our religious teachings, the mild sun and lots of good food!

The Camp was made possible by the hard work of numerous volunteers, led by the now well-seasoned Kamleshbhai Shah.  Kudos to Kamleshbhai and his team in helping make this Camp a fun and enjoyable event.

And thank you to all those who attended this event.  Its success depends on you.


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, Oct 16

Discourse Topic

Mr. Pravinbhai Shah

2. Announcements

Pathshala Changes

Please refer to the Pathshala section for the time and location of the bi-monthly Pathshalas.

Camp Lalit - 2016

As mentioned above, Camp Lalit was another success this year.  Under Kamleshbhai’s leadership, everything went as smoothly as expected.  We were also fortunate to have Samaniji Vikas Pragyaji and Samaniji Maryada Pragyaji, who led us in several discourses, with the main topic on Understanding Joy and Sorrow.  Samaniji Maryada Pragyaji also led the kids on some great interactive teachings of Jainism.  Oh, and what a fun use of Cricket to learn about Jainism!  I think we made enough noise to wake up all the animals in our vicinity.

We would like to thank Sunil and Sunita Anchaliya for hosting the Samanijis during their stay over the weekend.

A big thanks too, to all the volunteers who tirelessly executed their duties in the kitchen, in the hall, and most of all, keeping the kids occupied while the rest of us could enjoy the discourses.

Thanks also to Harshadbhai Shah for his efforts in chronicling this event - memories that we’ll enjoy for years to come.  Please follow the link below to view some of the snapshots:


Scholar Visits for 2016

Even though we are a relatively small center, JSCNC is fortunate to host 2-3 scholars each year.   This year though, we were graced with 4 scholars.  6 if you count that we had a pair of scholars each in two different occasions.

Over the Jain Camp weekend, both adults and kids had the fine opportunity to listen to, and interact with, Samaniji Vikas Pragyaji and Samaniji Maryada Pragyaji.  I hope many of you were able to take advantage of their discourses, meditations and relaxation techniques.

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

Highway Cleanup

Our center participates in Adopt-A-Highway cleanup twice a year.  The statewide Adopt-A-Highway program was established in 1988 and is a joint effort between community volunteers and NC Department of Transportation to keep our roads clean.  JSCNC adopted a stretch of Highway 54 in Cary between Morrisville Parkway and Airport Boulevard. This stretch is named in honor of Mr. Lalit Banker.

We will continue this tradition at the upcoming Fall cleanup this October 15th.  This is a fun activity for children and adults, and shows our commitment to the community.

Meeting Details:

9AM on Saturday October 15th

Neomonde Restaurant on Route 54

10235 Chapel Hill Road (Hwy. 54), Morrisville, NC 27560

Please call Priteshbhai at (919) 609-6301 or email at gujjunc@yahoo.com if you have any questions.   Also, please RSVP Priteshbhai by Thursday, October 13th, if you would like to participate in this outdoor activity.

Crop Walk

JSCNC is a proud participant of Raleigh Crop Walk 2016​,​ scheduled ​for:

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Broughton High School

723 Saint Mary's St.

Raleigh, NC 27605

Registration Starts at 2:00 PM

Walk Starts: 3.00 PM


The JSCNC team, led by Mr. Ajay and Mrs. Jayshree Shah, has been participating since 2008 . In 2015, we had about 25 walkers from the JSCNC team, and our members donated $1,045 towards this great cause. In addition, the JSCNC team is very well respected by CWS (Church World Service) for our volunteering and fiscal management of the walk since 2008.

This year, JSCNC's goal is $1000.00. We have already collected $100.00.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Ajay Shah at (919) 601-2624, or email at ajay.r.shah@gmail.com.

If you would like to donate towards this cause, please make a donation in one of the following ways:


Most of the donation is used for various programs like providing water for irrigation, and other similar projects to become self sufficient and end hunger.

For more information on the Crop Walk, please visit:

https://www.crophungerwalk.org/raleighnc/ and


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

Highway Cleanup

Oct 15

Neomonde Restaurant on Route 54

Mr. Priteshbhai Shah


Crop Walk

Oct 23

Broughton High School

Mr. Ajaybhai 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 of each month:


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)