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

Aug 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,


Defy Gravity Jump event last month for our youth was a hit !  Kids had a lot of fun. Be sure to check out the pictures.

We have another Youth event - Food Bank volunteer event coming up this month.

We are now looking towards the next two big events of the year - Paryushan and Camp Lalit. The committee is planning out both and will be sending out details as we get closer.  


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, August 20

Discourse Topic

“Amit Pothiwala”

2. Announcements

Scholar Visit - Shri Tej Sahebji

We sent out detailed information on the schedule for Shri Tej Sahebji’s sessions and opportunities to host him for lunch or dinner. Please refer to that email for more details.

Here is the schedule for lecture sessions which will be conducted in Gujarati.




Fri, 8/11/2017

8:00 - 9:30pm

Arvindbhai & Arunaben's residence

Sat, 8/12/2017

2:00 - 4:30pm

Arvindbhai & Arunaben's residence

Sun, 8/13/2017

2:00 - 4:30pm

Arvindbhai & Arunaben's residence

Hosts: Arvindbhai and Arunaben Shah

Address: 8705 Stage Ford Road, Raleigh, NC 27615

Home Phone: (919) 518-1112

Mobile Phone: (919) 271-0119

Email: afsdiamond@yahoo.com


Youth Event - Defy Gravity and Picnic Lunch

Kids had a blast at Defy Gravity Jump Arena last month. It was followed by a lunch and summer fun at the Brier Creek Elementary Park.  Check out the pictures using the link below, courtesy of Mrs. Avani Doshi.


Youth Event - Durham Food Bank Volunteer Opportunity

As we communicated via emails, we have an upcoming volunteer opportunity at Durham Food Bank. The registration for the Durham Food Bank Volunteer opportunity has been closed.  We will share pictures from this event in the next newsletter.

Paryushan Maha Parva - 2017

Jain Study Center of North Carolina will observe Paryushan from Aug 19 - Aug 26.  Please note that these dates are different from traditional Paryushan dates [Aug 18 - Aug 25].  The Committee is planning a number of activities to be held in this period.  You can find the detailed Paryushan planner at the following link.


Please note a change this year - JSCNC Samvatsari Pratikraman will be held at Bhairav & Sejal Shah’s residence, 7724 Silver View Ln., Raleigh, NC 27613

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

Scholar Visit - Shri Tej Sahebji

Aug 11 - Aug 13

Arvindbhai and Arunaben’s residence,

8705 Stage Ford Road, Raleigh, NC 27615

Mr. Arvindbhai

(919) 518-1112 (home)

(919) 271-0119 (mobile)

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

Camp Laphio,

Umstead State Park

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.

July Monthly Meeting Lunch - Food Volunteers and Sponsors

Please take a moment to thank the following individuals for volunteering and/or sponsoring food items for the July monthly meeting lunch.

        Food Table Host: Manali Doshi

Food Volunteers:

Heena Mehta

Purvi Modi

Shweta Shah

Ritaben Lodaya

Jyoti Shah

Puja Doshi

Jayshreeben Shah

Naliniben Shah


Jigna Shah

Neha Mehta

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)