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

May 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,

Recently, I happened to respond the following to a community member who sent a thank you note to the committee:
We have great participation every year from everyone, and a community that sticks together, volunteers, sponsors, participates and shows support, is what makes this (event) possible - and successful!

I feel quite strongly about this.  No community is without issues, but ultimately, when we stand together, while supporting our volunteers, leaders, and sponsors, we achieve big things.

The Mahavir Jayanti program in the Triangle, though comparably smaller than some other cities, still brings in 350-400 people.  And it is with the support of the community that we can make it possible, and even successful.

So, thank you to the entire community and everyone who played a part, small or big, in helping bring this event to fruition.


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, May 15

Discourse Topic
“Hoon kaun chu? (Who am I?)”

Part 3 (from Dec/Jan)

“Dr. Ramnik Zota”

2. Announcements

Mahavir Jayanti Celebration

Mahavir Jayanti was celebrated at the HSNC Cultural Hall on Sunday April 24th.  With a turnout of over 400 people, and an accomplished participation in puja and the program, the event was regarded as a success.  The army of volunteers, the many sponsors, and the calibre of children, youth and adult performances underscored their hard work and dedication put behind this event.  

Mahavir Jayanti Program Sponsors

We would like to recognize the following families for their generous donations towards the program.   We greatly appreciate your support and contributions.






Swami Vatsalya

To be shared equally amongst:

Mr. Nimishbhai and Mrs. Avaniben Shah

Mr. Hiteshbhai and Mrs. Chetnaben Shah

Mr. Kaushikbhai and Mrs. Rekhaben Shah

Mr. Rakeshbhai and Mrs. Rimaben Shah

Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, NC


General MJ

Dr. Ramnikbhai and Mrs. Lataben Zota

Morrisville, NC


HSNC Hall Rental

Mr. Harshadbhai Shah

Raleigh, NC


Children goodie bags

Dr. Dipenbhai & Mrs. Pallaviben Shah

Morrisville, NC


MJ Snacks & Tea

Mr. Vasantbhai & Mrs. Prabhaben Sejpal

Burlington, NC


General MJ

Mr. Mayurbhai and Mrs. Ritaben Lodaya

Chapel Hill, NC


General MJ

Mr. Anuragbhai and Mrs. Vaishaliben Verma

Raleigh, NC


Rehearsal Food




Participant Trophies

Dr. Selenebhai and Mrs. Zankhnaben Parekh

Cary, NC

* - Amounts are approximate - Sponsors have pledged full amount based on actual cost

Mahavir Jayanti Program DVDs

The JSCNC Media team is hard at work on making available the Mahavir Jayanti program DVDs.  As you might know, the entire program was recorded on high quality video camera and we strive to prepare edited versions from raw footage for better viewing experience.  The entire program will be available in one or two DVD sets.  We will also have high resolution pictures available.   Thank you to Shailesh Shah for leading the charge on this.

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.

The tradition was continued this April 10th with the leadership of Priteshbhai Shah.  A few captured memories for this at the link below:


Thank you to Priteshbhai for leading this event and Harshadbhai for providing the pictures.

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.

Mother’s Day Celebration

JSCNC will be celebrating Mother’s Day at the next monthly meeting on May 15th.  JSCNC will be sponsoring the lunch for this event.

Please see a note for the kids in the Pathshala section.

Father’s Day Picnic

For your general information and planning purposes, we would like to announce that Father’s Day Picnic will be held on June 25th at Kiwanis Shelter in Bond Park.  Please note that this is a different location than in the past.

Many thanks to Amit and Ishita Pothiwala for sponsoring the event this year.  As with every year, we will send out a separate email with more details and a request for RSVP if you plan to attend.

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

Mother’s Day

May 15

HSNC Temple

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.

Mother’s Day Celebration
We encourage all pathshala students to reflect upon, write and present a short paragraph, poem, song etc. honoring "MOM", during this monthly meeting.

5. Supporting our Center

You can support our Center by:

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Bhairav  Shah

(Secretary, JSCNC)