JSCNC Newsletter

A Publication of Jain Study Center of North Carolina

509 Carriage Woods Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607 U.S.A.


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

Mar 2018

2018 Executive Committee

Acting President

Mr. Bhairav Shah

(919) 845-9593


Vice President

Mrs. Minal Shah

(917) 657-7536



Mrs. Jaynita Shah

(919) 889-2782



Mr. Ketan Mota

(919) 632-8726


Food Coordinator

Mr. Ajay Shah

(919) 601-2624


Jain Pathshala


Mrs. Rita Lodaya

(919) 240-5564




Mrs. Avani Doshi

(704) 962-5329


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




Hindu Center


Mr. Pravin Shah

(919) 859-4994


Mr. Bhairav Shah

(919) 845-9593


Mr. Harshad Shah

(919) 341-8894

Special Projects

Special Projects

Board Advisor

Mr. Kamlesh Shah

Religious Programs

Mr. Pravin Shah

Mr. Paresh Gondalia


Mr. Pritesh Shah

Annual Camp

Mr. Kamlesh Shah

Editor’s Corner

Jai Jinendra,


Please note a change in the the monthly meeting schedule for this month. It will be held on March 11th.

As the preparations for the Mahavir Jayanti Celebration program continue to move at a fast clip, let’s take a moment to recognize the army of volunteers who are already helping with the Puja and various cultural programs.  And those who will follow shortly to help with the stage decorations, video shooting, kitchen duties and more.  It is these soldiers that help make a grand program like Mahavir Jayanti celebration a success.

Equally important has been the sponsoring for many different aspects of the program.  To those who have already pledged, we sincerely thank you.  We also still have one available sponsor category.  Please consider pledging for this auspicious occasion, and contact Mr. Pratyush Mehta if interested or need further details.

Please read on for full details …


Ketan Mota

(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. Ajay Shah, 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, March 11th

Discourse Topic

Mr. Pravin Shah

2. Announcements

March 2018 Monthly Meeting & Pathshala - Schedule Change

Please note that the March monthly meeting has been rescheduled from Sunday March 18th to Sunday March 11th due to conflicts with another program at the Hindu temple.

Daylight Savings Time begins on March 11th as well, so please make a note of this.

Corresponding pathshala classes has also been rescheduled to Sunday March 11th (no change to time & location).

Mahavir Jayanti Celebration

Reminder to mark your calendars for 2018 Mahavir Jayanti Stage program:




Thursday Apr 19th @ 6:00pm

Mandatory Stage Rehearsal

HSNC Cultural Hall

Sunday Apr 22nd @ 1:30pm

Ashtaprakari Puja

HSNC Cultural Hall

Sunday Apr 22nd @  3:45pm

Mahavir Jayanti Cultural Program

HSNC Cultural Hall

Planning is already underway and all involved are gearing up for another great event.

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.   As an interesting note, last year’s event attracted a record turnout of approximately 450 participants, volunteers and guests!

The Executive committee puts in a lot of planning to cater for such an event, but your support is what really makes this program a grand success.

Taking part in the stage program is not the only way to participate/support.  We are looking for volunteers and pledgers alike to help in many other ways.  Here are some ways you can help:

To the volunteers, participants and all involved, we humbly ask that you provide your full cooperation to Program Directors and Choreographers.  This will help tremendously to plan and execute this program smoothly.  If there are any issues or concerns, please contact the Mahavir Jayanti Cultural Coordinator, Mrs. Neha Kuruwa.

Please note a change this year is that Choreographers/Coordinators/Skit Directors will be solely responsible to find/select participants needed for their item. If necessary, Mrs. Neha Kuruwa can try to help.

Mahavir Jayanti Program Rehearsal

The rehearsal for MJ program is now finalized to be held on Thursday April 19th at 6pm at the Hindu Center Main Hall.

Mahavir Jayanti Puja sign-up

Please look at the separate detailed email sent out on signing up your child(ren) for Puja participation. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer for Puja, please contact Mrs. Shweta Shah @ (919) 434-8240

Mahavir Jayanti Program Sponsors

The following sponsorship opportunities are available for the MJ program. Please contact Mr. Pratyush Mehta or Mr. Bhairav Shah if you are interested. .

We greatly appreciate your support and contributions.






Swami Vatsalya



Swami Vatsalya

Mayurbhai and Ritaben Lodaya

Chapel Hill


Swami Vatsalya

Jagdishbhai and Naliniben Shah



Swami Vatsalya

Harshadbhai Shah



Hall Rental

Harshadbhai Shah



General MJ



Children goodie bags

Rekhaben Lalit Banker



MJ Snacks & Tea

Triangle Jain Group


Rehearsal Food

Shantibhai Mehta & Family



Participant Trophies

The Learning Experiences

Apex, Cary & Holly Springs

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

Reimbursement Process

Reminder that we have  introduced a new process to request reimbursement for eligible expenses.

Please send an email to treasurer.jscnc@gmail.com with the following information to request a reimbursement:

Pathshala Fees for Calendar Year 2018

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 2018 to be $75 in total per child.

If you haven’t already sent in your payment, please mail the check to our Treasurer ASAP at the following address:

Jaynita Shah

2004 Mountain Ct

Apex, NC 27502

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

Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.

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,

Raleigh, NC 27607

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 Apr 22nd @ 1:30pm

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. In fact it has also served as an incentive to come together and promote our community. 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 & 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. Ajay Shah @ (919) 601-2624 for any questions / details.

February Monthly Meeting Lunch

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

        Food Table Host: Sejal Nanavati

Food Volunteers:

Nisha Mehta

Deepa Desai

Rupande Gondalia

Sonal Shah

Neha Mehta

Purvi Shah

Sejal Shah

Avani Doshi / Shah

Food Table Schedule

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

2018 Food Table Schedule

Note the Tithis shown in the table.  Please ensure proper rules are followed and contact the Food Coordinator, Ajay Shah, for any clarifications or concerns.

5. Pathshala Corner

Schedule change owing to Mahavir Jayanti Practice/Program

As communicated earlier, our next pathshala is on March 11th.

There will be no Pathshala in the month of April. The first  and third Sundays ( April 1st and April 15th) will be devoted to Mahavir Jayanti practices. The following Sunday ( April 22nd) is the day of the  Mahavir Jayanti celebration program.

2018 Pathshala Registration & Dues

Please refer to the announcements for more information on the 2018 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

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.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Ketan Mota

(Secretary, JSCNC)