JSCNC Newsletter

A Publication of Jain Study Center of North Carolina

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


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

April 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,


Preparations for Mahavir Jayanti continue with great enthusiasm!

As the practices and efforts continue, we thank all the volunteers and sponsors in helping make this event a success. We have some sponsorships open and need more volunteer signups as well. Please consider pledging and volunteering for this auspicious occasion.

We have some important updates in our “Announcements” section this month - happy reading!

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, April 21

Discourse Topic

Perspectives on the Five Maha-Vrats


Maheshbhai Varia

2. Announcements

Mahavir Jayanti 2019  

Please mark your calendars for this year’s Mahavir Jayanti on May 5th

April 30th is the mandatory dress rehearsal in the HSNC Cultural Hall. Please arrive by 5:30 pm so you can have dinner and we can start the rehearsal by 6:15 pm.

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.  Last year’s event attracted a record turnout of approximately 450 participants, volunteers and guests!

Below are some important times for this year’s program:




April 30 @ 5:30 pm

Mandatory Stage Rehearsal

HSNC Cultural Hall

Sunday May 5 @ 1:30pm

Ashtaprakari Puja

HSNC Cultural Hall

Sunday May 5 @  3:45pm

Mahavir Jayanti Cultural Program followed by Swamivatsalya (dinner)

HSNC Cultural Hall

Following are key contacts for the event:

Overall MJ coordinator - Mr. Pratyush Mehta

Cultural program coordinator - Mrs. Neha Kuruwa

Puja coordinators - Mrs. Shweta Shah, Mr. Paresh Gondalia & Mr. Pritesh Shah

Cultural program

The stage is set and the countdown has begun! Don’t miss out on the 7 performances by 70 participants. Save the date and come prepared to cheer your friends and family. Thank you to all the volunteers and participants for their time and dedication.


Puja program

We have a total of 51 participants for the Puja and 4 High schoolers for Shanti Kalash this year.

If an adult would like to volunteer for puja please contact Mr. Paresh Gondalia or Mrs. Shweta Shah.


We are in need of a lot more volunteers to make this event a success. Please register on the following link:

Mahavir Jayanti 2019 - Volunteer Signup

Mahavir Jayanti 2019 Sponsorships

The following is an update on sponsorships. Big thank you to all our sponsors! We still have $600 budget gap that needs to be fulfilled. Please contact Mr. Pratyush Mehta or Mr. Ritesh Salot if you are interested.

Approximate Amounts


Sponsor Name


Swami Vatsalya

Jagdish & Nalini Shah - $1,000

Vasant & Prabha Sejpal - $1,000

Nipun & Sue Shah - $1,000

Harshad Shah - $1,000

Mahendra & Indira Doshi - $500

Ramesh & Pragna Shah - $500

Jagat & Purnima Parikh - $500


Event Resources

Mayur & Rita Lodaya - $500

Danis & Tejal Lalan - $251

Hemal Modi - $251

Available - $300


HSNC Venue

Dipen & Pallavi Shah - $1,000

Available - $300


Children appreciation gift

Ritesh & Aditi Salot

Shashin & Dimpi Chheda


MJ Snacks & Tea

Triangle Hindi Group


Rehearsal Food

Heena and Pratyush Mehta


Participant Trophies

Arvind & Aruna Shah

* - Amounts are approximate - Sponsors have pledged full amount based on actual cost. Donation amount over $250 are listed in the above table.

Social Media Update

The JSCNC Facebook page (Link) is live and continue to grow! The Facebook event for Mahavir Jayanti (MJ) has been visited by over 270 people. So click the link above if you haven’t done it yet and check out the detailed schedule for MJ. Your suggestions for improvement are always welcome - please reach out to Ketan Kuruwa or one of the JSCNC Committee members.

Communication Update

We are transitioning all JSCNC communication to come from “Jain Study Center of NC” to keep it streamlined as committee members change over time.

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)

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 May 5, 1:30 pm

HSNC Cultural Hall

Mr. Pratyush Mehta

(919) 260-5156

4. Food Table Corner

We have taken on a new 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 March monthly meeting lunch

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

March Food Table Host: Mrs. Geeta Mehta

March Food Volunteers:

Deepa Desai

Jayshreeben Ajay Shah

Heena Mehta

Puja Rajen Doshi

Jagruti Varia

Purvi Modi

Sejal Nanavati

Krupali Shah

Leena Kothari

Jigna Shah

Shweta Shah

Ritaben Lodaya

Purvi 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)