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
2019 Executive Committee
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!
Inside This Issue
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
NEXT MONTHLY MEETING
“Perspectives on the Five Maha-Vrats”
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
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
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.
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 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.
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
Mayur & Rita Lodaya - $500
Danis & Tejal Lalan - $251
Hemal Modi - $251
Available - $300
Dipen & Pallavi Shah - $1,000
Available - $300
Children appreciation gift
Ritesh & Aditi Salot
Shashin & Dimpi Chheda
MJ Snacks & Tea
Triangle Hindi Group
Heena and Pratyush Mehta
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.
We are transitioning all JSCNC communication to come from “Jain Study Center of NC” to keep it streamlined as committee members change over time.
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:
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.
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:
Jayshreeben Ajay Shah
Puja Rajen Doshi
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
Ishita & Amit Pothiwala
Indu & Mahesh Varia
Dimpi & Shashin Chheda
Sachin Solkhan & Swati Shikhare
Ruchi Vivek Deliwala
Nirupama Dipak Parekh
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 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.
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