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

JAN 2020

2020 Executive Committee


Mr. Ritesh Salot

(704) 737-0107


Vice President

Mr. Rajan Chheda

(978) 408-7284



Mr. Pratyush Mehta

(919) 260-5156



Mr. Kalpesh Parekh

(919) 798-9006


Food Coordinator

Mr. Shashin Chheda

(617) 314-3428


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,


I wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope you were able to spend time with family and friends.

I would like to start our January newsletter with following words from the Dalai Lama:

“The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self”

As we start our second year in a quest to be better than the last, we humbly seek your support. We will reach out where we need help and please feel free to tap on committee’s shoulder for any suggestions, guidance or feedback.

Looking forward to an eventful 2020!

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. Shashin 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, January 19

Discourse Topic

No Discourse


2. Announcements

Pathshala 2020 Registration

Pathshala registrations for 2020 have been closed and finalized. For those who are yet to pay the dues please do so by January 19. Our Pathshala teachers are volunteers who work extremely hard to build jain foundation in our children - we would like their energies focussed on education rather than following up on the dues. Thank you for your understanding.

How to pay?

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

You can hand over the check to 1) Volunteers sitting during January 12 and 19 Pathshalas 2) Any committee member or 3) Mail them to our treasurer at the following address:

Pratyush Mehta

207 Forsyth Drive

Chapel Hill, NC 27517

January monthly meeting

This month we will not have a discourse and focus on following topics:

Mahavir Jayanti 2020

We are planning out Mahavir Jayanti 2020 event. We have started communications around participant registration, volunteering, sponsorship etc. Below are the date and key folks who have come forward to take responsibility for this year:


Mahavir Jayanti date - Sunday, April 26, 2020

MJ overall coordinator - Shraddha Chheda

MJ cultural coordinator - Neha Kuruwa

Please keep an eye out for continued communication in the coming days.

Sponsorships for 2020

To plan for 2020 and streamline our execution, this year we are seeking to complete all our sponsorships asks in one go. Below please find a list of events open for your sponsorships this year.

We are extremely grateful for your support in the past and in looking forward to it this year as well

Please reach out to any committee member to pledge your contribution.



Approximate Amount*

Mahavir Jayanti

Swamivatsalya (dinner)


HSNC Venue


MJ snacks and Tea


Participant appreciation gift


Participant Trophies


Rehearsal Food


Event Resources


Father’s Day picnic



Mother’s Day lunch



Camp Lalit

Lunch (2 occasions)

$600 each occasion

Breakfast (2 occasions)

$400 each occasion



Diwali lunch



* note - all amounts are best estimates we have from previous year, actual amounts may be a little different

Your Donations

JSCNC appreciates your contribution/donation in support of the center's activities for the year 2019. The tax receipt for donations made to JSCNC over $250 (per IRS guidelines), will be distributed by Pratyush Mehta in the January 2020 meeting.

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

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.

We are looking for volunteers for the food table this year - for cooking, hosting the lunches and cash donations. Please contact our food coordinator, Mr. Shashin Chheda @ (617) 314-3428  for any questions / details.

2020 Food Table Schedule

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

Food Table 2020

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

Recognizing Volunteers for our December monthly meeting lunch

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

        Food Table Host: Indiraben Mehta

Food Volunteers:

Jigna Shah

Heena Mehta

Toral Shah

Tejal Lalan

Jasmin Nisar

Harsha Shah

Avani Doshi

Leena Kothari

Sonal Shah


Cash donors toward food table ($150):

Artiben & Pravinbhai Shah

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)