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 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,


What a wonderful father’s day picnic it was last month !!! We had a great turnout. There was yummy food, amazing kid’s presentations, inspiring lecture from Panditji Sanjeevji Godha and a fantastic social atmosphere for us to get together and have a good time.

There are two upcoming events for our youth to promote bonding and community service.

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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


Sunday, July 16

Discourse Topic

“Mr. Pravin Shah”

2. Announcements

Father’s Day Picnic

Please enjoy the pictures of this fun event using the link below.  Many thanks to Harshadbhai for capturing and sharing them.


Scholar Visits

Shastriji Vipinji Jain and Panditji Sanjeevji Godha visited us last month. Please find the pictures from those sessions using the link below.  Thanks again to Harshadbhai for providing them.



Jaina 2017 Convention

We had Jaina Convention this year in Edison, New Jersey from June 30th to July 4th.  You can find the pictures (Courtesy of Harshadbhai) from this event using the link below :


It’s an honour that two members from our community received awards at this event.

Congratulations to both!  Please see pictures from link above.

Youth activities 

As we announced via the email distribution, 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.

Please refer to the emails sent out for more details.

Fall Camp Lalit

Mark your calendars for the annual camp this Fall.

Dates: Sept 30 & October 1, 2017

Timings: Start at 8 AM on Sept 30, finish around 6 PM on October 1

Location: Umstead State Park, Camp Laphio, Raleigh NC

Camp Guest: Samaniji Suyasnidhiji and Samaniji Sudhannidhiji

Please plan to stay at the camp Saturday night on Sept 30 for fun programs for youth and adults. Registration and other details will be sent out later via email.

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,

509 Carriage Woods Circle,

Raleigh, NC 27607

Mr. Pravinbhai Shah

(919) 859-4994

Weekly Swadhyay (Tuesdays)

5:15 pm

Zota Residence,

604 Tranquil Sound Dr,

Cary, NC 27519

Mr. Harshadbhai Shah

(919) 341-8894

Dr. Ramnik Zota

(919) 467 2186

Weekly Mahavir Puja (Saturdays)

10 am

HSNC Temple

Mrs. Rekhaben Banker

(919) 676-4548

Defy Gravity & Picnic  for Youth

July 15th @ 10:30am

Defy Gravity,

Suite 250, 4300 Emperor Blvd,


Mrs. Avani Doshi

(704) 962-5329

Durham Food Bank volunteering for Youth

Aug 12th @ 10:00am

Durham Foodbank,

2700 Angier Avenue, Durham

Mrs. Avani Doshi

(704) 962-5329

Paryushan Parva

Aug 19th to Aug 26

HSNC Temple

Mr. Bhairav Shah

(919) 845-9593

Paryushan Bhavana

Aug 24

HSNC Temple

Mr. Bhairav Shah

(919) 845-9593

Camp Lalit

Sep 30th to

Oct 1st

Umstead State Park,

Raleigh, NC

Mr. Kamlesh Shah

(919) 270-5111

4. Food Table Corner

Food served during monthly meetings and special events has played a vital role in building our community over 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.

Father’s Day Picnic - Food Volunteers and Sponsors

Please take a moment to thank the following individuals for volunteering and/or sponsoring food items to make our Father's Day picnic successful.

Food Preparation Volunteers:

Jaynita Shah

Toral Mota

Sejal Shah

Ritaben Lodaya

Neha Mehta

Help Volunteers:

Jaynita Shah

Toral Mota

Sejal Shah

Ritaben Lodaya

Pooja Doshi

Minal Shah

Rupande Gondalia

Jyoti Shah

Heena Mehta

Ishita Pothiwala

Parul Shah

Nisha Mehta

Neha Mehta


Prabhaben and Vasantbhai Sejpal

Ganthiya and Jalebi

Heenaben and Pratyush Mehta

Ice Cream

Food Table Schedule

Food Table Team - please continue to refer to the below link for your assignments. Updates 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

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 contact the Pathshala teachers 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)