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

Oct 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,


Although the climate was a bit chilly, we had a good turnout at Camp Lalit. Natural setting for religious teachings and lots of good food made it a perfect weekend. Especially the kids loved their second picnic this year!

The Camp was made possible by the hard work of numerous volunteers, led by the now well-seasoned Kamleshbhai Shah.  Kudos to Kamleshbhai and his team in helping make this camp a fun and enjoyable event.

We appreciate the support of our sponsors and thank you to all those who attended this event.  Its success depends on you.


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, October 15

Discourse Topic
“Samvara -

9th Adhyay of Tattvartha Sutra”

“Dr. Ramnik Zota”

2. Announcements

NJ Sangh Visit

A chaitya paripati group from New Jersey visited us on September 10th and 11th.

This has been the first time that JSCNC has received and welcomed such a large chaitya paripati group consisting of 112 members who came in 2 buses from two different parts of New Jersey.

Despite the size of the group and even a later-than expected arrival, our volunteers served them beautifully and with grace, for which the NJ Sangh was very impressed and appreciative of our hospitality. We received many positive comments on the Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast. And as a token of their appreciation, they presented JSCNC with a check of $800.

Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped support this event in welcoming the NJ Sangh.  

We are also grateful to Vasantbhai and Prabhaben Sejpal for sponsoring the Sunday breakfast for the NJ Sangh.

Please see some pictures from that event using the link below:


Camp Lalit

As mentioned above, Camp Lalit was another success this year.  Under Kamleshbhai’s leadership, everything went smoothly as expected.  Our food coordinator, Neha Mehta, assisted Kamleshbhai with food planning and worked very hard all the way through the end of the camp.

We were also fortunate to have Samaniji Dr. Suyasnidhiji  and Samaniji Sudhannidhiji, who led us in several discourses, with the theme A New Perspective on Jain Living.  We would like to thank Madhukerbhai and Gitaben Mehta for hosting the Samanijis during their entire stay.

We are grateful to Rekhaben Banker and Harshadbhai Shah for sponsoring the lunches on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

A big thanks too, to all the volunteers who tirelessly executed their duties in the kitchen, in the hall, and keeping the kids occupied while the rest of us could enjoy the discourses.

Thanks also to Harshadbhai Shah for his efforts in chronicling this event - memories that we’ll enjoy for years to come.  Please follow the link below to view some of the snapshots. It also includes pictures from Samaniji’s sessions at Gitaben and Madhukerbhai’s home.


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 Fall cleanup this October 14th.  This is a fun activity for children and adults, and shows our commitment to the community.

Meeting Details:

9AM on Saturday October 14th

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.   Also, please RSVP Priteshbhai by Thursday, October 12th, if you would like to participate in this outdoor activity.

Crop Walk

JSCNC is a proud participant of Greater Triangle Area Crop Hunger Walk 2017​,​ scheduled ​for:

Sunday, October 22, 2017


North Carolina State University

Court of the Carolinas

(near NCSU Bell Tower on Hillsborough Street behind Caldwell Hall)

Court of NC North Trail

Raleigh, NC 27607

Registration: 2:00 p.m.

Walk: 3:00 p.m.

Walk Distance: 3.1 mile & 1 mile options

The JSCNC team, led by Mr. Ajay and Mrs. Jayshree Shah, has been participating since 2008 . In 2016, we had about 40 walkers from the JSCNC team, and our members donated $1,267 towards this great cause. In addition, the JSCNC team is very well respected by CWS (Church World Service) for our volunteering and fiscal management of the walk since 2008.

This year, JSCNC's goal is $1500.00. We have already collected $100.00.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Ajay Shah at (919) 601-2624, or email at ajay.r.shah@gmail.com.

If you would like to donate towards this cause, please make a donation in one of the following ways:


Most of the donation is used for various programs like providing water for irrigation, and other similar projects to become self sufficient and end hunger.

For more information on the Crop Walk, please visit:


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

Fall Highway Cleanup

Oct 14th @ 9am

Neomonde Restaurant,

Morrisville, NC

Mr. Pritesh Shah

(919) 609-6301

Crop Walk

Oct 22nd @ 2pm

NC State University,


Mr. Ajay Shah

(919) 601-2624

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.

2017 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, Neha Mehta @ (919) 454-7447 for any questions / details.

September 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 September monthly meeting lunch.

        Food Table Host: Gitaben and Madhukerbhai Mehta

Food Volunteers:

Heena Mehta

Ritaben Lodaya

Purvi Modi

Jyoti Shah

Shweta Shah

Puja Doshi

Jigna Shah

Naliniben 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)