JSCNC Newsletter

A Publication of Jain Study Center of North Carolina

509 Carriage Woods Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607 U.S.A.

http://www.jscnc.org

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

Feb 2018

2018 Executive Committee

Acting President

Mr. Bhairav Shah

(919) 845-9593

bhairavshah@gmail.com

Vice President

Mrs. Minal Shah

(917) 657-7536

minalnc@yahoo.com

Treasurer

Mrs. Jaynita Shah

(919) 889-2782

janita1030@gmail.com 

Secretary

Mr. Ketan Mota

(919) 632-8726

ketanshah207@gmail.com

Food Coordinator

Mr. Ajay Shah

(919) 601-2624

ajay.r.shah@gmail.com 

Jain Pathshala

Director

Mrs. Rita Lodaya

(919) 240-5564

ritalodaya@yahoo.com

Youth/Outreach

Director

Mrs. Avani Doshi

(704) 962-5329

kidoctor@gmail.com

Youth Coordinators / Pathshala Teachers

Mrs. Rita Lodaya

(919) 240-5564

ritalodaya@yahoo.com

Mrs. Neha Mehta

(919) 454-7447

nehamehta73@gmail.com

Mrs. Sejal Shah

(919) 845-9593

sejal2003@gmail.com

Mrs. Shweta Shah

(919) 678-9475

forshweta.shah@gmail.com

JAINA

Directors

Hindu Center

Liaison

Mr. Pravin Shah

(919) 859-4994

education@jaina.org

Mr. Bhairav Shah

(919) 845-9593

bhairavshah@gmail.com

Mr. Harshad Shah

(919) 341-8894

Special Projects

Special Projects

Board Advisor

Mr. Kamlesh Shah

Religious Programs

Mr. Pravin Shah

Mr. Paresh Gondalia

Adopt-A-Highway

Mr. Pritesh Shah

Annual Camp

Mr. Kamlesh Shah

Editor’s Corner

Jai Jinendra,

 

It’s time again to begin preparations for our biggest event this year, Mahavir Jayanti program 2018! Choreographer registration has begun.

As always we look for your continued support.

Please read on for further information ...

Regards,

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

Prayer/Stavans

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

Aarti

01:00 pm

Lunch

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, February 18


Discourse Topic
TBD


Speaker
Mr. Pravin Shah

2. Announcements

Mahavir Jayanti Celebration

We are glad to have Mr. Pratyush Mehta serve as the overall MJ Celebrations Coordinator and Mrs. Neha Kuruwa serve as MJ Cultural / Stage Program Coordinator this year.

Mark your calendars for 2018 Mahavir Jayanti Stage program:

Date/Time

Event

Location

TBD (Choreographers and Coordinators will be notified directly)

Mandatory Choreographers/Coordinators Meeting

TBD

Mon Apr 16th (or Tue Apr 17th) @ 6:30pm

Mandatory Stage Rehearsal

HSNC Cultural Hall

Sunday Apr 22nd @ 1:30pm

Ashtaprakari Puja

HSNC Cultural Hall

Sunday Apr 22nd @  3:45pm

Mahavir Jayanti Cultural Program

HSNC Cultural Hall

Planning is already underway and all involved are gearing up for another great event.

Mahavir Jayanti is one of the largest events sponsored by JSCNC, is open to everyone, and demonstrates the unity and generosity of the JAIN community.   As an interesting note, last year’s event attracted a record turnout of approximately 450 participants, volunteers and guests!

The Executive committee puts in a lot of planning to cater for such an event, but your support is what really makes this program a grand success.

Taking part in the stage program is not the only way to participate/support.  We are looking for volunteers and pledgers alike to help in many other ways.  Here are some ways you can help:

To the volunteers, participants and all involved, we humbly ask that you provide your full cooperation to Program Directors and Choreographers.  This will help tremendously to plan and execute this program smoothly.  If there are any issues or concerns, please contact the Mahavir Jayanti Cultural Coordinator, Mrs. Neha Kuruwa.

Please note a change this year is that Choreographers/Coordinators/Skit Directors will be solely responsible to find/select participants needed for their item. If necessary, Mrs. Neha Kuruwa can try to help.

Mahavir Jayanti Program Sponsors

The following sponsorship opportunities are available for the MJ program. Please contact Mr. Pratyush Mehta or Mr. Bhairav Shah if you are interested. .

We greatly appreciate your support and contributions.

Amount

Sponsorship

Name

Location

$5000*

Swami Vatsalya

Available

$1800*

General MJ

Available

$500*

Children goodie bags

Available

$500*

MJ Snacks & Tea

Triangle Jain Group

$175*

Rehearsal Food

Available

$150*

Participant Trophies

The Learning Experiences

Apex, Cary & Holly Springs

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

Reimbursement Process

We are introducing 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:

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.

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

Every family whose children attend the Pathshala must do one of the following. Deadline to complete either option is Sunday Feb 18th, 2018.

OR

Jaynita Shah

2004 Mountain Ct

Apex, NC 27502

Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.

Board of Directors Nominations

As we announced during the General Body Meeting, we are facing an unusual circumstance where we still haven’t filled the Board of Director position for the role of the President. If you are interested in serving the community in this capacity, please contact Mr. Kamlesh Shah, BOD Advisor for JSCNC, at (919) 270-5111 or kshah_us@yahoo.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.

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:

Event

Time

Location

Contact

Weekly Workshop (Saturdays)

9:30am

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

Mahavir Jayanti Program

Sunday Apr 22nd @ 1:30pm

HSNC Cultural Hall

Mr. Pratyush Mehta

(919)  260-5156

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.

January Monthly Meeting Lunch

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

        Food Table Host: Rekhaben Banker

Food Volunteers:

Heena Mehta

Ritaben Lodaya

Purvi Modi

Jigna Shah

Shweta Shah

Puja Doshi

Jayshreeben Shah

Naliniben Shah

Leena

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

2018 Pathshala Registration & Dues

Please refer to the announcements for more information on the 2018 pathshala registration and dues.

Pathshala Time and Location

Location

Champion Learning Academy

106 Pheasant Wood Ct

Morrisville, NC 27560

Schedule

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)