JSCNC Newsletter

A Publication of Jain Study Center of North Carolina

509 Carriage Woods Circle, Cary, NC 27513 U.S.A.


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A tax-exempt, non-profit religious organization. Federal Tax-exempt ID (USA): 56-1305715

AUG 2019

2019 Executive Committee


Mr. Ritesh Salot

(704) 737-0107


Vice President

Mr. Shashin Chheda

(617) 314-3428



Mr. Pratyush Mehta

(919) 260-5156



Mr. Kalpesh Parekh

(919) 798-9006


Food Coordinator

Mr. Rajan Chheda

(978) 408-7284


Jain Pathshala


Mrs. Sejal Shah

(919) 845-9593




Mr. Ketan Kuruwa

(210) 602-1397


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


Mrs. Purvi Shah

(919) 522-0747




Hindu Center


Mr. Pravin Shah

(919) 859-4994


Mr. Ritesh Salot

(704) 737-0107


Mr. Harshad Shah

(919) 341-8894

Special Projects

Special Projects

Board Advisor

Mr. Bhairav Shah

Religious Programs

Mr. Pravin Shah

Mr. Paresh Gondalia


Mr. Pritesh Shah

Annual Camp

Mr. Kamlesh Shah

Editor’s Corner

Jai Jinendra,


    We are now looking towards the next two big events of the year - Paryushan and Camp Lalit. All Paryushan details are in this newsletter and the link to Paryushan Planner. Basic Camp Lalit details in here as well with more communication to come.

Please note: August monthly meeting will be on August 25th

Warm regards,

Kalpesh Parekh

(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. Rajan Chheda, 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


Sunday, Aug 25

Discourse Topic

Explanation of Paryushan parva & Kalpasutra


Pravin Shah & Aarti Shah

2. Announcements

Bhajan/Stavan & Shatavdhan Program - July 16

We had Sadhviji Sangha-Mitraji Maharaj (once a native of North Carolina) and Shri Jay Jain (DwiShatavdhani, a disciple of Acharyashri Chandanaji), both from Veerayatan, India visiting us on July 16 for a wonderful Bhajan and Shatavdhan program.

Here are some pictures from the event: Bhajan & Shatavdhan Pictures

Paryushan 2019

Jain Study Center of North Carolina will observe Paryushan from Saturday August 24 to Saturday August 31 with Traditional and Sthnakwasi observance at different dates. There are a number of activities to be held in this period.  You can find the detailed Paryushan planner at the following link.

Link to Paryushan Planner - Paryushan Planner 2019

Camp Lalit

Mark your calendars for the annual camp this Fall!

Dates: Sept 28 & 29

Timings: Start at 8:30 AM on Sep 28, finish around 6 PM on Sep 29

Location: Umstead State Park, Camp Laphio, Raleigh NC

Chief Guests: Samaniji Malaypragyaji & Samaniji Neeti Pragyaji from Jain Vishawa Bharati, New Jersey. They are associated with the center for peace & preksha meditation. With highly educated background which includes MA in Prakrit for Samaniji Malaypragyaji and BA in Jainism and other philosophical systems, and vast experience in conducting 100s of camps on preksha meditation, science of living etc. they bring tremendous experience and are proficient in English, Hindi and Sanskrit.

Focus Topic:I am the creator of my own destiny, the topic would be a mix of lots of activities as well as some lectures and group discussions.

Camp Costs: $25 per person or $80 for family of upto four (2 adults and upto 2 kids) before the deadline (more on this later). This includes three meals on Saturday, two on Sunday, snacks and camp facilities charges etc.

Sponsorship: We are looking for sponsors for various meals, or the whole camp. Details can be provided by contacting camp coordinator.

So you ask why JSCNC Camp Lalit??

There is something in the camp for everyone! The youth would enjoy games and discussions as well as lots of group activities. The younger kids would love the games, nature walks and arts and crafts.

But wait, the fun does not stop there! We will have an opportunity for your kids and youth to do skits and plays during our talent night, followed by lots of dhamaal and masti! So get ready for great fun kids!

But we can't do it alone! We need HEEEELLLPP!!  Looking for parents of small children to bring some ideas for games and arts and crafts. Looking for 2 adults to help with outdoor game organizations and lots of help around kitchen because

Questions? Please contact Kamlesh Shah, Camp Coordinator. Call him at (919)270-5111 or email at kshah_us@yahoo.com

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)

9:30 am

Pravinbhai’s Residence,

509 Carriage Woods Circle,

Cary, NC 27513

Mr. Pravinbhai Shah

(919) 859-4994

Weekly Swadhyay (Tuesdays)

4 pm

HSNC Temple Library

Dr. Ramnik Zota

(919) 467 2186

Weekly Mahavir Puja (Saturdays)

10 am

HSNC Temple

Mrs. Rekhaben Banker

(919) 676-4548

4. Food Table Corner

A reminder that we have taken on an initiative around meeting lunches going forward - For leftovers we have two options:

Option 1: The person responsible for a particular dish takes leftovers back home

Option 2: We will collect the leftovers and deliver it to NCSU students

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. 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.

Please contact our food coordinator, Mr. Rajan Chheda @ (978) 408-7284  for any questions / details.

Updated Food Table Schedule

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

Food Table Schedule for 2019

Note the Tithis shown in the table.  Please ensure proper rules are followed and contact the Food Coordinator Rajan Chheda for clarifications or concerns.

Recognizing Volunteers for our July monthly meeting lunch

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

        July Food Table Host: Mrs. Lata Zota

July Food Volunteers::

Jagruti Varia

Purvi Modi

Neha Mehta

Jigna Shah

Tejal Lalan

Sonal Shah

Deepa Desai

Krupali Shah

Cash donors  toward food table ($150) :

Neha & Ketan Kuruwa

Pragna & Ramesh Shah

Rupande & Paresh Gondalia

Shraddha & Rajan Chheda

Harsha & Umesh Shah

Aruna & Arvind Shah

Prabha & Vasant Sejpal

Vijay Vora

Ishita & Amit Pothiwala

Indu & Mahesh Varia

Dimpi & Shashin Chheda

Sachin Solkhan & Swati Shikhare

Ruchi Vivek Deliwala

Nirupama Dipak Parekh

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:

Thank you!

On behalf of JSCNC committee,

Kalpesh Parekh

(Secretary, JSCNC)