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

Jun 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,

The men-bees buzzed around on Mother’s day celebration last month, to a hopefully, enjoying lunch experience by the mothers.

And as usual, now comes the fathers’ turn.  As is our custom, we will celebrate Father’s day in a picnic format on June 25th.  Please read on for details and pay special attention to timings and location as they are different from the past.


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


No Monthly Meeting in lieu of Father’s Day Picnic
(Details below)

2. Announcements

Father’s Day Picnic

In keeping with the annual tradition, JSCNC will celebrate Father’s Day in a special outdoor picnic format.  If you haven’t signed up yet, there is still time.  Please do so before June 12th at the link below:


Many thanks to Amit and Ishita Pothiwala for sponsoring the event this year.

We humbly ask for your help in signing up for only firm attendances.  This will help tremendously in the planning of the correct amount of food.

Details for the picnic

Date and Time: Saturday, June 25th, from 9:00am to 3:30pm

Location: Kiwanis Shelter in Bond Park

Address: 801 High House Rd, Cary, NC


9:00 AM


9:30 AM

Breakfast (served till 10:30AM)

12:30 PM


2:30 PM

Afternoon snack


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

Father’s Day Picnic

Jun 25

Bond Park, Cary

4. Pathshala Corner

Pathshala Time and Location

Students are now attending Pathshala at the following location which is nearby to the Temple.  Parents will have to drop their kids to this location  To help you plan the drop-off and pickup, please note the meeting and pathshala schedules in the Monthly Meeting section.

Location: 4000 Bear Cat Way, Suite 104, Morrisville, NC 27560
Time: Classes will be held from 11 am to 12:30 pm on both Sundays (first and third).


The Pathshala teachers can be reached at JSCNCpathshala@gmail.com.

Father’s Day Picnic Celebration
Children are encouraged to prepare some nice words, poems, songs, dances or anything their hearts desire, to share with their dads at the event.

5. Supporting our Center

You can support our Center by:

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Bhairav  Shah

(Secretary, JSCNC)