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

Apr 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,

As days and months of preparations and practices culminate into the biggest JSCNC event of the year, the Mahavir Jayanti Celebration, we thank all the volunteers and sponsors in helping make this event a success.

Please join us, April 30th, in celebrating this auspicious occasion.

Wishing all participants the best of luck, and looking forward to a great event.


Ketan Mota

(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. 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, Apr 16

“Jain Philosophy in Stavans”

“Dr. Mahesh Varia”

2. Announcements

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.

We will continue this tradition at the upcoming Spring cleanup on 13th May. This is a fun activity for children and adults, and shows our commitment to our community.

Meeting Details:

9:00am on Saturday May 13th.

Neomonde Restaurant on Route 54

10235 Chapel Hill Road (Hwy. 54), Morrisville, NC 27560

Please call Priteshbhai at (919) 609-6301 or email at gujjunc@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

Food Table

Please continue to refer to the below link for your assignments. There have been some 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.

Mahavir Jayanti Celebration

Mahavir Jayanti is one of the largest events sponsored by JSCNC, is open to everyone and demonstrates the unity and generosity of JAIN community.  The Executive committee is fully dedicated to the planning,  but your support - financial and volunteer - makes this program possible and successful every year.   As such, this year has been no exception for community support.  The Executive Committee 2017, would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to all the dedicated volunteers and generous sponsors.

This month, and specifically on April 30th, starting at 1:30PM, we continue the tradition to celebrate Mahavir Jayanti at the Hindu Bhavan Cultural Hall.  Please see the below table for program details:

1:30 - 1:35pm

Invocation of Mahavir Jayanti Puja

1:35 - 3:00pm

Puja program conducted by Jain Youth

Ashtaprakari Puja, Swapna Darshan,  Shanti Kalash, Arti & Mangal Divo

3:30 - 3:45pm

Invocation of Cultural Program by HSNC President, and Welcome address by JSCNC President

3:45 - 6:00pm

Cultural Program presented by Jain Youth

6:00 - 7:30pm


Dinner sponsored by Jain members of Hindu Society of North Carolina


Mahavir Jayanti Program Sponsors

On the note of 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

Harkuverben Mehta

(c/o Shantibhai Mehta & Family)

Fayetteville, NC


General MJ

In memory of Kiran from

Dr. Ramnikbhai and Mrs. Lataben Zota

Morrisville, NC


General MJ

Dr. Ushaben Doshi

Raleigh, NC


Children goodie bags

Anand and Shweta Shah

Cary, NC


MJ Snacks & Tea

Mr. Vasantbhai & Mrs. Prabhaben Sejpal

Burlington, NC


General MJ

Ritesh and Aditi Salot

Cary, NC


General MJ

Nirmala H. Shah

(Bimal, Tushar & Rajan Shah)

Cary, NC


Rehearsal Food

Ketan and Neha Kurwa

Morrisville, NC


Participant Trophies

Triangle Jain Group

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

Mahavir Jayanti Program Rehearsal

The rehearsal for MJ program is now finalized to be held on Monday April 24th from 6pm-9pm at the Hindu Center Main Hall.

Mahavir Jayanti Program Practice

Pathshala will continue during the period between now and Mahavir Jayanti celebrations.  This is to ensure that our children continue their learning of Jain religion in parallel to Mahavir Jayanti preparations and practices.  There are still some exceptions, though.  Please see the Pathshala Corner for complete information.

Mahavir Jayanti Puja Thali Competition

We are excited to announce our very first Puja Thali Competition.

Refer to the email sent out recently providing more details and the strict rules to be followed by participants. Deadline to register is April 10th. 

Please contact Mrs. Nisha Mehta @ 919-303-4456 if you have any questions.


Pathshala Dues

JSCNC rents an after-school facility off Morrisville Pkwy., which charges a nominal rental fee for holding these Pathshalas.  Based on this and a few other factors, the committee has calculated the Pathshala fees for this year to be $60 in total per child.

If you haven’t already sent in your payment, please mail the check to our Treasurer ASAP at the following address:

Jaynita Shah

2004 Mountain Ct

Apex, NC 27502

Please make the check payable to “JSCNC” and write your child(ren)’s name in the memo. For example, "Child1, Child2".

Weekly Workshop

Day/Time - Saturdays 9:30am to 11:30am every week

Place - Pravinbhai and Artiben Shah's residence

              509 Carriage Woods Circle

              Raleigh, NC 27607

Please contact Pravinbhai at 919-859-4994 for the latest information.

Weekly Swadhyay

Day/Time - Tuesdays, 5:15 PM to 6:45 PM every week

Place - Lataben and Ramnikbhai Zota's residence

              604 Tranquil Sound Dr,

              Cary, NC 27519

Please contact Harshadbhai Shah at (919) 341 8894 or Dr. Ramnikbhai Zota at (919) 467 2186 for the latest information.

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 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

Mahavir Jayanti program

April 30th 1:30pm

HSNC Cultural Hall

Mrs. Ritaben Lodaya

(919) 240-5564

4. Pathshala Corner

Mahavir Jayanti Program Practice
Pathshala will continue during the period between now and Mahavir Jayanti celebrations.  This is to ensure that our children continue their learning of Jain religion in parallel to Mahavir Jayanti preparations and practices.  There are still some exceptions, which should have already been communicated by the Pathshala teachers.  In short, the first Sundays Pathshala in March and April will be utilized for practices, and as such there will be no Pathshala on those days.

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.

5. Supporting our Center

You can support our Center by:

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Ketan Mota

(Secretary, JSCNC)