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

OCT 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,


        We had a record turnout at Camp Lalit this year with great participation!


        The Camp was made possible by the hard work of numerous volunteers, led by the ever exceptional Kamleshbhai Shah. Kudos to Kamleshbhai and his team in helping make this camp a fun and enjoyable event.

Also a special shout out to our sponsors in making this event possible and successful, THANK YOU!

We have the Highway cleanup and Crop Walk coming up this month - details in the Announcement section below.

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, Oct 20

Discourse Topic

Atma Siddhi Shastra Swadhyay


Dr. Ramnik Zota

2. Announcements

Camp Lalit

Camp Lalit was another success this year. Under Kamleshbhai’s leadership, everything went smoothly as expected - even with the record heat!!.  Our food coordinator, Rajan Chheda along with Ajaybhai Shah assisted with food planning and worked very hard all the way through the end of the camp.

We were also fortunate to have Samani Malay Pragyaji  &  Samani Neeti Pragyaji, who led us in several discourses, with the theme “I am the creator of my own destiny.''  Their sessions around Jain philosophy as well as how to keep our mind and body fit with meditation and exercises is something to practice everyday.  We would like to thank Sunil and Sunita Anchaliya for hosting the Samanijis during their entire stay. In terms of talk, also we would like to recognize the Anxiety Mithyatva discussion lead by Dr. Induben Varia - it went so much hand in hand with the theme of the camp.

We are very grateful to our sponsors, Harshadbhai Shah for sponsoring the Saturday breakfast and lunch, and Pankeshbhai Mehta and family for sponsoring the Sunday lunch.

A host of volunteers and helped and lead host of activities resulting in seamless execution. A big thanks for tireless efforts in the kitchen, in the hall, and keeping the kids occupied while the rest of us could enjoy the discourses. Our volunteers and sponsors are community pillars who deliver our events so nicely for everyone.

Pareshbhai Gondalia, Anandbhai Shah, Kamlesh bai shah and few others helped with chronicling this event - memories that we’ll enjoy for years to come.  Please follow the link below to view some of the pictures and videos. Also, the folder contains clips of exercises shown by Samaniji.

Camp Lalit 2019 Pics and Videos

Further reading: Below are some links to educational material from Samaniji Malay Pragyaji.

Bhaktamar audio and meaning

Kalyan Mandir audio and meaning

Highway Cleanup on October 12

Our center participates in Adopt-A-Highway cleanup twice a year.  The statewide Adopt-A-Highway program was established in 1988 and is a joint effort between community volunteers and the NC Department of Transportation to keep our roads clean.  JSCNC adopted a stretch of Highway 54 in Cary between Morrisville Parkway and Airport Boulevard. This stretch is named in honor of Mr. Lalit Banker.

We will continue this tradition at the upcoming Fall cleanup this October 12th.  This is a fun activity for children and adults, and shows our commitment to the community.


9 AM on Saturday, October 12th


Neomonde Restaurant on Route 54

10235 Chapel Hill Road (Hwy. 54), Morrisville, NC 27560

Contact & RSVP

Priteshbhai at (919) 609-6301 or email at gujjunc@yahoo.com

RSVP Priteshbhai by Friday October 11

Crop Walk on October 27

JSCNC is a proud participant and one of the sponsors of Greater Triangle Area Crop Hunger Walk 2019​.

The JSCNC team, led by Mr. Ajay and Mrs. Jayshree Shah, has been participating since 2008 . In 2018, we had about 50+ walkers from the JSCNC team, and our members donated $2,934 out of total $45,000+ donation received towards this great cause. In addition, the JSCNC team is very well respected by CWS (Church World Service) for our volunteering and fiscal management of the walk since 2008. Our Kids helps us manage Finance on walk day, and they love to do that again and again.

This year, JSCNC's goal is $3000.00. We have already collected $768.00. Most of the donation is used for various programs like providing water for irrigation, and other similar projects to become self sufficient and end hunger. You can choose to donate even if you are not able to participate in the walk.

 See details below the details of Walk:


Sunday, October 27, 2019



Historic Pullen Park

520 Ashe Ave

Raleigh, NC 27606

Registration Begins


Walk Begins


Walk Distance

3.1 mile & 1 mile options




Ajay Shah at (919) 601-2624 or via email at ajay.r.shah@gmail.com



Online Donation


Donation by Check or Cash

Write a check in favor of CWS/CROP.

 In Memo please write Greater Triangle Crop Hunger Walk 2019

Diwali Jaap on October 28

As in past years, we will commemorate the memory of Mahavir Swami with Jaap program. Please see details below:


Monday, October 28


HSNC - LC Room 1



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

A reminder that we have taken on an 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 September monthly meeting lunch

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

        September Food Table Host: Rekhaben Banker

September Food Volunteers:

Shweta Shah

Jayshreeben Shah

Ritaben Lodaya

Jagruti Varia

Deepa Desai

Krupali Shah

Puja Doshi

Purvi Modi

Sejal Nanavati

Leena Kothari

Jigna Shah

Reena Parekh

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

Nirupa & Deepak Parekh

Indira & Mahendra Doshi

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)