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 2017

2017 Executive Committee


Mr. Bhairav Shah

(919) 845-9593


Vice President

Mr. Pritesh Shah

(919) 786-1377



Mrs. Jaynita Shah

(919) 889-2782



Mr. Ketan Mota

(919) 632-8726


Food Coordinator

Mrs. Neha Mehta

(919) 454-7447


Jain Pathshala


Mrs. Rita Lodaya

(919) 240-5564




Mrs. Avani Doshi

(704) 962-5329


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. Bhairav Shah

(919) 845-9593


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,

Preparations are underway for our traditional summer picnic and to celebrate Father’s day on Jun 18th. Hopefully you can join us!

We have a brand new section, Food Table Corner, in this newsletter which provides more visibility to our food table volunteers and sponsors who have played a key role in bringing us together every month. Check it out for more details…


Ketan Mota

(Secretary, JSCNC)

Inside This Issue

  1. Monthly Meeting
  2. Announcements
  3. Upcoming Activities
  4. Food Table Corner
  5. Pathshala Corner
  6. 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. Neha 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 (3rd Sunday)

Pathshala ends and pickup

12:30 pm (1st Sunday)

Pathshala ends and pickup


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

2. Announcements

Highway Cleanup

Here are some pictures from the this year’s Spring Highway Cleanup event.

Mother’s Day Celebration

Thanks to Harshadbhai for sharing the pictures from the Mother’s Day Celebration on May 21st, 2017. They can be viewed using the following link.


Father’s Day Picnic

In keeping with the annual tradition, JSCNC will celebrate Father’s Day in a special outdoor picnic format.

JSCNC will be sponsoring the picnic this year.

Details for the event:

Date and Time: Sunday June 18th, from 9:30am to 3:30pm

Location: Kiwanis Shelter in Bond Park

Address: 801 High House Rd, Cary, NC








Kids session honoring their “Dad”

11:45am - 12:15pm

 Panditji Sanjeevji Godha's session

11:45am- 1:00pm

Free time for activities such as boating, walking, hiking, volleyball, etc




Administrative announcements and Variety Show


Afternoon snack




Scholar Visits

We are fortunate to have two scholars visit us this month.  As we mentioned in the email communication, you can find their biography, lecture schedule and information on hosting dinner for them using the links below.  

Shastriji Vipinji Jain - 6/12 thru 6/15



Panditji Sanjeevji Godha - 6/16 thru 6/21



Bhaav Yatra

We have an interesting opportunity to experience “Bhaav Yatra” session conducted by Aruna Parekh. It is a technique using meditation and stavans enabling our souls to experience places on the Shatrunjay.

You are requested to RSVP using phone # 312-316-4054 or RBELAWALA@YAHOO.COM

Date: Sunday, June 11

Time: 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Place: Saibaba room in HSNC Main Hall

Duration: 1.5 hours approx

Language: Gujarati

Aruna Parekh hails from Calcutta and has conducted various Bhaav Yatras on Shatrunjay, Shikharji, Mahavidehak kshetra and has published books towards this meditative practice.

Youth activities 

We have two upcoming activities for JSCNC youth, to help encourage bonding and promote community service.

Defy Gravity and Picnic Lunch (for ages 8 and up)

        Saturday  July 15th @ 10:30am.

        After jump time, we plan to meet-up at a local park for lunch.

Durham Food Bank Volunteer Opportunity (for ages 5 and up)

        Saturday August 12th @ 10:00am

        We will be volunteering as well as collecting donations.

Email containing more details and sign-up information on these events will be sent out soon.

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 Workshop (Saturdays)


Pravinbhai’s Residence

Mr. Pravinbhai Shah

(919) 859-4994

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

18th Jun

Bond Park, Cary

Bhaav Yatra


11th Jun

Saibaba room,

HSNC Main Hall

Aruna Parekh

(312) 316-4504

Shastriji Vipinji Jain

6/12 - 6/15

Saibaba room,

HSNC Main Hall

Mrs. Indiraben (847) 738-4444

Mr. Kishorebhai (847)738-4447

Panditji Sanjeevji Godha

6/16 - 6/21

Saibaba room,

HSNC Main Hall

Mrs. Indiraben (847) 738-4444

Mr. Kishorebhai (847)738-4447

4. Food Table Corner

We are grateful to Rameshbhai and Pragnaben Shah for sponsoring the Mother’s Day Lunch during last month’s meeting.

Food served during monthly meetings and special events has played a vital role in building our community throughout the years. It has enabled us to spend quality time to learn Jainism and socialize with other fellow Jains without having to worry about our usual lunch/dinner planning that day. In fact it has also served as an incentive to come together and promote our community. This wouldn't have been possible without the hard work and monetary donations from several individuals. We are extremely grateful for their efforts and thank them for their continued contributions. Visit the following link to find more details on these individuals.


Note that as our community has grown over the years, sustaining the food table program has become challenging. We encourage you to help us here by volunteering to serve as a host, volunteering to prepare food or providing monetary donation so that some food items can be catered.

Please contact our food coordinator, Neha Mehta @ (919) 454-7447 for any questions / details.

Food Table Team - please continue to refer to the below link for your assignments. Updates which are highlighted in Yellow.


Note the Tithis shown in the table.  Please ensure proper rules are followed and contact the Food Coordinator, Neha Mehta, for any clarifications or concerns.

5. Pathshala Corner


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.

Pathshala Time and Location


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 on 1st Sunday

12:15 pm : Pick-up on 3rd Sunday (due to monthly Jain Meeting)

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.

YJA Pathshala

YJA Pathshala is an online self-paced course for learning more about Jainism. Intended for youth ages 16-29 who cannot regularly access a traditional pathshala, but open to anyone interested, these materials provide a basic foundational understanding of Jain principles and practice.

Visit yja.org/pathshala to get started!  For more information, please contact Hetali Lodaya at (919) 260-9619 or via email at hetali.lodaya@yja.org

6. Supporting our Center

You can support our Center by:

  • Becoming a member if you are not already: Please print a form from our website: http://jscnc.org/docs/MembershipForm.docx, complete it and mail it by following the instructions
  • By making a generous donation for Education Fund,  Jiv Daya, Mahavir Jayanti or General donation. Follow this link http://jscnc.org/HowToMakeADonation.php to learn how to make a donation.
  • Shopping at smile.amazon.com and picking Jain Study Center of North Carolina as the charity organization to support.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Ketan Mota

(Secretary, JSCNC)