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

Feb 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,


It’s time again to begin preparations for our biggest event this year, Mahavir Jayanti program 2019!

We are looking for Donation Pledges and Volunteer Pledges to make this auspicious occasion a success.

For more details please read below and keep an eye out for announcements in emails and meetings.

As always we look for your continued support and guidance.


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, February 17

Discourse Topic


2. Announcements

Mahavir Jayanti 2019

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!

Mark your calendars for 2019 Mahavir Jayanti program:




TBD (Choreographers and Coordinators will be notified directly)

Mandatory Choreographers/Coordinators Meeting



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

HSNC Cultural Hall

We are glad to have:

Mr. Pratyush Mehta serve again as the overall MJ Celebrations Coordinator!

Mrs. Neha Kuruwa serve again as MJ Cultural / Stage Program Coordinator!...Thank you both for taking up this task.

Message from Neha Kuruwa & Pratyush Mehta:

We are excited to kick off the cultural program for 2019 Mahavir Jayanti. The format for this year is different than the last year. This year we are registering choreographers, skit directors and participants.

We will be sending out the registration link for participants and choreographers and we will be grouping the choreographers with the respective age groups. The minimum age for participation is 4 years old as of Jan. 1, 2019.
Choreographers, please mention your comfortable age ranges when signing up so we can try to accommodate your preferences.
Please look out for registration email in the next few days.

Taking part in the stage program is not the only way to participate/support.  We are looking for volunteers and donation pledges alike to help in many other ways.  As we get the preparations kick-started, your support is what really makes this program success. Here are some ways you can help:

Major Sponsorship opportunities

The following sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Mr. Pratyush Mehta or Mr. Ritesh Salot if you are interested.

Approximate Amounts


Sponsor Name

Sponsor Location


Swami Vatsalya



General MJ



Children goodie bags



MJ Snacks & Tea



Rehearsal Food

Heena and Pratyush Mehta

Chapel Hill, NC


Participant Trophies


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

Diaper Bank Event -

We had about 5 families participates from JSCNC along with other volunteer groups. It was wonderful to see everybody work together so well as a team. In two hours, we managed to help over 200 babies get the supplies they need for healthy beginnings to their lives!..BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS!

Here are some pictures - Diaper Bank 2019 Pictures

Social Media Update -

We are working diligently on launching the initial social media presence on Facebook by the March monthly meeting. Ishan Shah has come forward to lead this effort. Mihir Shah, Kunal Lodaya and Hetali Lodaya are advising us along with YJA PR Director – Sanjana Jhaveri. We’re looking forward to getting your support in taking JSCNC social online!

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,

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

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. Visit the following link to find more details on these individuals.

2019 Food Table Volunteers

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. Rajan Chheda @ (978) 408-7284  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. Thank you!

        Food Table Host: Mrs. Hetal Lahade

Food Volunteers::

Deepa Desai

Krupali Shah

Leena Kothari

Puja Doshi

Heena Mehta

Avni Doshi

Jayshree Shah

Purvi Modi

Shweta Shah

Ritaben Shah

Sejal Shah

Food Table Schedule

Food Table Team - please continue to refer to the below link for your assignments. Updates are highlighted in Yellow.

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.

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.

Thank you again for your support.

Kalpesh Parekh


(Secretary, JSCNC)