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

Jan 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,


I wish everyone a Happy New Year ! I hope everyone had good holidays and were able to spend time with family and friends.

As we start the new year with a new committee, we humbly seek your support in enriching our growing Jain community. We will reach out where we need help and please feel free to tap on committee’s shoulder for any suggestions, guidance or feedback.

I would like to start our First Newsletter with following words from Winston S. Churchill that describe a big part of being true to Jainism:

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”

Looking forward to a great 2019, Let us make it a positively eventful year!


Kalpesh Parekh

(Secretary, JSCNC)

Inside This Issue

  1. Message from the President
  2. Monthly Meeting
  3. Announcements
  4. Upcoming Activities
  5. Food Table Corner
  6. Pathshala Corner
  7. Supporting our Center

1. Message from the President

Jai Jinendra and a Happy new year to you all!

It is a great honor to begin my term as President of JSCNC for 2019. I am proud of  JSCNC’s continuous progress over years. I would like to acknowledge all the hard work, dedication of the past president, committee, volunteers, and sponsors for doing so much for our community.

Our new committee is dedicated to serve JSCNC with focus on improving interest and involvement of all our members. We request all of you to help and guide us so that we can take JSCNC to new heights of community growth and leadership.

These are also changing times that ask for new ways of thinking and new approaches to express our beliefs. To learn from our religion is not only to memorize facts and mantras but to apply the principles explaining the true meaning of being a Jain and the purpose of our existence. In this regard, If anyone has any expertise in a particular field or specific skills which can help JSCNC’s growth, we would love to get you involved.

I want to close my message with quote of Mr. Gerald Ford who once said “Coming together is a beginning, Staying together is a progress and working together is a success “. I request you to please continue with your generous contribution and support community by volunteering your time.

I am confident that with your continued support, success of our community will be unstoppable.


Ritesh Salot

2. 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, January 20

Discourse Topic

Mahendrabhai and Indiraben Doshi

3. Announcements

Pathshala Fees for Calendar Year 2019

One of the founding principles of Jain Study Center of NC is to serve our young kids to instill spiritual development, self-awareness and promote Jain identity in individuals. It is with this goal that we have established a twice-a-month Pathshala. The volunteer teachers pay special attention to the needs of young and older groups and have structured curriculum as such.

Pathshala registration for 2019 has been completed.

JSCNC rents an after-school facility off Morrisville Pkwy., which charges a nominal rental fee for holding these Pathshalas.  Based on this and a few other factors, the committee has calculated the Pathshala fees for 2019 to be $75 in total per child.

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

Every family whose children attend the Pathshala must do one of the following. Deadline to complete either option is Sunday Feb 4th, 2019.


Pratyush Mehta

207 Forsyth Dr.

Chapel Hill, NC, 27517

NEW! Social Media Outreach

We are working on creating a social media outreach strategy for our center. The goal is to engage younger members of the community and promote our events online. The plan is to have the initial social media presence up and running in the next 60 days.

We are inviting college students who would like to partner with us for the next 60 days to set this up and also use this as a communication/ non-profit project for their resume. Please contact Ketan Kuruwa (Ketan.kuruwa@gmail.com or 210-602-1397) if you would like to help drive JSCNC’s growth!

Your Donations

JSCNC appreciates your contribution/donation in support of the center's activities for the year 2018. The tax receipt, for donations made to JSCNC over $250 (per IRS guidelines), will be distributed by Jaynita Shah in the January 2019 meeting.

4. 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

Diaper Bank Youth Volunteering

Jan 26, 2019 Saturday @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Diaper Bank of NC

1311 E. Club Blvd., Durham, 27704

Avani Doshi

(704) 962-5329

5. 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.

2018 Food Volunteers and 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, Mr. Rajan Chheda @ (978) 408-7284  for any questions / details.

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.

6. Pathshala Corner

2019 Pathshala Registration & Dues

Please refer to the announcements for more information on the 2019 pathshala registration and dues.

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

7. 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)