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 2018

2018 Executive Committee

Acting President

Mr. Bhairav Shah

(919) 845-9593


Vice President

Mrs. Minal Shah

(917) 657-7536



Mrs. Jaynita Shah

(919) 889-2782



Mr. Ketan Mota

(919) 632-8726


Food Coordinator

Mr. Ajay Shah

(919) 601-2624


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. Neha Mehta

(919) 454-7447


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,


Our sincere gratitude to the community for their efforts and monetary donations. Mahavir Jayanti 2018 wouldn’t have been possible without your continued support.

We have Mother’s day and Father’s day events coming up next which again gives us something exciting to look forward to.

More details in the Announcements section…


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, Mr. Ajay Shah, 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 Pathshala location

11:00 am

Pathshala starts

12:15 pm (3rd Sunday)

Pathshala ends and pickup

12:30 pm (1st Sunday)

Pathshala ends and pickup

Next Monthly Meeting

Sunday, May 20th

Discourse Topic

“Q & A”


“Mr. Pravin Shah”

2. Announcements

Presidential Nomination

As we are all aware, we are facing an unusual circumstance where we still haven’t filled the Board of Director position for the role of the President. Mr. Bhairav Shah has kindly served as an Acting President in the interim period of 120 days which has now ended. As per the constitution, this position is now available and we are looking for nominations from the community.  The term for this position can be an interim period of 120 days or the remaining year.

If you are interested in serving the community in this capacity, please contact Mr. Bhairav Shah, at (919) 845-9593 or bhairavshah@gmail.com. Note that a nominee must be a Center member in good standing for at least 3 calendar years to be eligible for the position.

Jan and Feb 2018 Monthly Meeting Pictures

January and February monthly meetings pictures can be viewed using the link below. Pics courtesy of Harshadbhai.

Jan & Feb Mtg Pics

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.

Spring Highway clean-up this year was completed on Saturday April 28th.  You can view the pictures from the event by visiting the link below.  Thanks to Kamleshbhai, Sejal Nanavati and Sejal Shah for sharing the pics.

Spring 2018 Highway Cleanup Pictures

Mahavir Jayanti Celebration

Mahavir Jayanti was celebrated at the HSNC Cultural Hall on Sunday April 22nd.  With a record turnout of about 475 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.

You can view the pictures from the event by visiting the link below. Thank you Harshadbhai for capturing these moments.

Mahavir Jayanti 2018 Pictures

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

Amish & Nina Shah



Swami Vatsalya

Mayurbhai and Ritaben Lodaya

Chapel Hill


Swami Vatsalya

Jagdishbhai and Naliniben Shah



Swami Vatsalya

Harshadbhai Shah



Swami Vatsalya

Induben and Maheshbhai Varia

Chapel Hill


Swami Vatsalya

Ramesh & Pragna Shah



Hall Rental & Cleanup

Harshadbhai Shah



Hall Rental & Cleanup

Late Dr. Sampat Jain & Sumitra Jain



Children goodie bags

Rekhaben Lalit Banker



MJ Snacks & Tea

Triangle Jain Group


Rehearsal Food

Shantibhai Mehta & Family



Participant Trophies

The Learning Experiences

Apex, Cary & Holly Springs

Reimbursement Process

Reminder that we have  introduced a new process to request reimbursement for eligible expenses.

Please send an email to treasurer.jscnc@gmail.com with the following information to request a reimbursement:

Mother’s Day Celebration

JSCNC will be celebrating Mother’s Day at the next monthly meeting on May 20th.  Many thanks to Mr. Nipun Shah for sponsoring the Mother’s Day Lunch this year.

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 17th at Kiwanis Shelter in Bond Park.  As with every year, we will send out a separate email with more details and  instructions to register if you plan to attend.

Scholar Visits

Please mark your calendars for two scholars who would be visiting our center this year. We will send out more details at a later time once we have the logistics finalized.

Young Jains of America (YJA) Convention 2018

We sent out an email about YJA Convention 2018 sponsorship opportunities. As a community, it is important we support our youth in these sorts of events as an encouragement of their getting together and meeting other young Jains.  Please consider contributing towards this event.

This year's YJA Convention theme, Reconnecting with our Roots, speaks to a powerful idea: it is often important in the rush of everyday life to step back and remember where we came from. To contribute as a sponsor, visit YJA website or contact fundraising.chi@yja.org

Feel free to reach out to the following local YJA representatives with any questions.

  • Salauni Shah (salauni.shah@yahoo.com)
  • Kush Shah (kush2shah@yahoo.com)
  • Payal Mehta (mehtapayal2001@gmail.com)

Pathshala Fees for Calendar Year 2018

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 2018 to be $75 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".

Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.

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

Mother’s Day Celebration

20th May

HSNC Temple

Father’s Day Picnic

17th Jun

Kiwani’s Shelter,

Bond Park, Cary

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.

2018 Food Volunteers & Sponsors

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, Mr. Ajay Shah @ (919) 601-2624 for any questions / details.

Food Table Schedule

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

2018 Food Table Schedule

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

5. Pathshala Corner

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.

2018 Pathshala Dues

Please refer to the announcements for more information on the 2018 pathshala dues and please send in the payment promptly if you haven't done so already.

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)