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

Aug 2014

2014 Executive Committee


Mr. Anand Shah

(919) 678-9475


Vice President

Mrs. Neha Mehta

(919) 233-8837



Mr. Bhairav Shah

(919) 845-9593


Food Coordinator

Mr. Ajay Shah

(919) 601-2624


Youth Coordinators

Mrs. Rita Lodaya

(919) 240-5564


Mrs. Sejal Shah



Mrs. Shweta Shah

(919) 678-9475




Hindu Center


Mr. Pravin Shah

(919) 859-4994


Mr. Anand Shah

(919) 678-9475


Mr. Harshad Shah

(919) 341 8894

Special Projects

Special Projects


Mr. Pratyush Mehta

(919) 967-6270



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,

Wow - the summer just seems to be flying by!  I hope everyone has been taking some time off, enjoying some of the cool weather that visited us recently, and not thinking about the school that’s about to start for the kids.  But, alas, you have to - preparations have to be made for the start of school.  To all the kids out there, best of luck in your upcoming year and as Jains, make us proud by continuing to follow the Jain principles in your everyday lives.

The next two months are going to be somewhat busy.  As school gets kicked off, we will also observe Paryushan during the latter part of this month, and in September, the Jain Camp.

IMPORTANT: Please see the Meeting Section for a change in venue for the upcoming Monthly Meeting.

Details for all these in the following sections.


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.

Please note this month’s meeting will be held at the Mini-Hall in the Main Building.  This is the Hall on the left as one enters the front doors of the Main Building.  Also note that this is the 4th Sunday of the month (instead of the usual 3rd).

Please contact any of the Committee members if there are any questions or clarifications needed.

For planning purposes, Please inform our Food Coordinator, Mr. Ajay Shah, 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 a.m.


11:00 a.m.

Item(s) / Presentation(s) by Pathshala children

11:20 a.m.

Administrative/Committee Activities

11:30 a.m.

Adult Discourse/Discussion &

Children Pathshala

12:30 p.m.

Discourse Q&A &

Administrative Announcements

12:45 p.m


01:00 p.m.



Sunday, August 24

(4th Sunday)

Discourse Topic
Das Lakshanas (yatidharma)

Dr. Mahesh Varia


(Change for this month only)

Mini-Hall in Main Bldg.

2. Announcements

Paryushan Maha Parva - 2014

Jain Study Center of North Carolina will observe Paryushan from Aug 23 - 30.  Please note that these dates are different from traditional Paryushan dates [Aug 22 - Aug 29].  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.

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 a quick email to Bhairav Shah (bhairavshah@gmail.com).   All tapasvis will be recognized in the next newsletter.

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. Pratyush Mehta
207 Forsyth Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Note: Please include the specific Fund name in the memo.

Camp Lalit - 2014

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.



Sep 20 - 21

(Saturday morning through Sunday afternoon)

Deadline to register

Sep 10


Camp Laphio, Umstead Park, Raleigh

Guest Speaker

Swami Shrutpragyaji


  • $60 for families (2 Adults and 2 Children)
  • $20 for individuals
  • Children 6 and under are free        

Scholar Visits for 2014

JSCNC is fortunate to host 2-3 scholars each year even though we are a relatively small center.  Last month, we had Shri Nirmal Sagar Ji visit our center and the committee would like to thank Shri Kiritbhai & Jyotiben Shah for hosting them and also arranging engaging discourses.  The following link shows some of pictures captured by Harshadbhai Shah during that event.


As we announced previously, we will have Saman Shrutpragyaji visit us during the camp & Shri Dhirjlal Panditji visit us after Paryushan.

We want to thank everyone who contributed to the Scholar Fund earlier this year.  During the auspicious occasion of Paryushan, consider supporting the Scholar Fund. You can reach out to Anand Shah or Pratyush Mehta.

Food Table
Please continue to refer to the below link for your assignments.

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 Swadhyaya (Mondays)

5:30 pm

HSNC Temple Hall Library

Mr. Harshadbhai Shah

Weekly Mahavir Puja (Saturdays)

10 am

HSNC Temple

Mrs. Rekhaben Banker

Paryushan Parva

Aug 23 - Aug 30


Paryushan Bhavana

Aug 28


Camp Lalit

Sep 20 - Sep 21

Umstead Park

Mr. Kamleshbhai Shah

4. Pathshala Corner

Pathshala classes are held 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 contact the Pathshala teachers at JSCNCpathshala@yahoo.com.

5. Supporting our Center

You can support our Center by:

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Bhairav  Shah

(Secretary, JSCNC)