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

Sep 2017

2017 Executive Committee


Mr. Bhairav Shah

(919) 845-9593


Vice President

Mr. Pritesh Shah

(919) 786-1377



Mrs. Jaynita Shah

(919) 889-2782



Mr. Ketan Mota

(919) 632-8726


Food Coordinator

Mrs. Neha Mehta

(919) 454-7447


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. 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,


The time of Paryushan gives us a special opportunity to reflect upon the past year and our behaviors to ourselves and to others.

It is an opportunity that we, as Jains, set aside to seek forgiveness from those, to whom we may have caused harm. And equally important, to find the strength to forgive those, who may have harmed us.

We take this opportunity, and on this very auspicious occasion, to say that if we have hurt you, knowingly or unknowingly, we sincerely ask for your forgiveness …

On behalf of the entire JSCNC Committee …


खामेमि सव्व जीवे, सव्वे जीवा खमंतु मे।

मित्ती मे सव्व-भूएसु, वेरं मज्झ न केणइ।।


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, Mrs. Neha Mehta, 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 new 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, September 17

Discourse Topic

“Mr. Pravin Shah”

2. Announcements

Scholar Visit - Shri Tej Sahebji

Visit the link below to see the pictures from Shri Tej Sahebji’s sessions during his visit from Aug 11th thru Aug 13th.  Thanks to Harshadbhai for capturing and sharing them.


Scholar Visit - Samaniji Dr. Suyashnidhiji and  Samaniji Sudhannidhiji

Samaniji Dr. Suyashnidhiji and Samaniji Sudhannidhiji will be visiting us from Sep 27th thru Oct 4th. They will also be our guests at the Annual Camp.  

We will send out more detailed information on lecture sessions and opportunities to host Samanijis for lunch or dinner during that period.

Service Recognition Award - Mr. Rameshbhai Fofaria

As many members of the community may be familiar with his work, Shri Rameshbhai Fofaria's contributions have been quite significant.  From being one of the founding members of JSCNC, to leading immaculate pujas and various events for the JSCNC Committee, and his contributions as a humanitarian, which include, among others, starting and serving/managing for many years in the Mahavir Jain Vidyalaya to help students from India to study in American colleges remain truly inspirational and unmatched. In addition, he served as a volunteer in many organizations such as Red Cross, Raleigh/Durham Airport (RDU), and as a passenger guide on Amtrak traveling up to Charlotte on a regular basis.

This award was presented to Rameshbhai on Saturday, 2nd September, at his residence amongst family and friends.  The link below captures some of those highlights:


Youth Event - Durham Food Bank

We organized a volunteering event at the Durham Food Bank last month. Please see the pictures from that event using the link below. Thanks to Mrs. Avani Doshi for capturing and sharing them.


Paryushan Maha Parva - 2017

Jain Study Center of North Carolina observed Paryushan from Aug 19 - Aug 26.  The occasion included Puja on the first and last days, mixed in with a Bhavana and finally Samvatsari on Saturday.  Thanks to Arvindbhai and Arunaben Shah, many of us took the advantage of doing daily Pratikramans at their house.  And thanks also to Bhairav and Sejal Shah for hosting the Samvatsari Pratikraman on Saturday to a packed house.

Many thanks to our singers and musicians at the Puja and Bhavna.  Mr. Pratyushbhai Mehta, Mrs. Heenaben Mehta, Mr. Mayurbhai Lodaya, Mrs. Ritaben Lodaya, Mrs. Neha Mehta, Mrs. Indiraben Doshi, Mrs. Artiben Shah and Mr. Harshadbhai Shah, did a splendid job at leading many stavans and dhuns.

A huge recognition to Mrs. Rima Shah for completing her tap of  11 days fasting.

Additionally we also recognize the achievements of the following young tapasvis. Given their young age their accomplishments are commendable.

Kush Mehta (10 years old)

3 Upvaas, 3 Ekasana and 3 Beasana

Devin Patel (11 years old)

1 Upvaas, 1 Ekasana and 6 Beasana

Arsh Madhani (12 years old)

1 Upvaas and 5 Ekasana

And finally thanks to Harshadbhai Shah, some memorable moments from several days of this event:


Fall Camp Lalit

JSCNC organizes an overnight camp each year. An email with the details was sent out earlier.  

Dates: Sept 30 & October 1, 2017

Timings: Start at 8 AM on Sept 30, finish around 6 PM on October 1

Location: Umstead State Park, Camp Laphio, Raleigh NC

Camp Guest: Samaniji Suyasnidhiji and Samaniji Sudhannidhiji

For registration and more information, please visit the following link:


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

Scholar Visit -

 Samaniji Dr. Suyashnidhiji and  Samaniji Sudhannidhiji

Sep 27th - Oct 4th

Madhukerbhai and Gitaben Mehta’s Residence

100 Windspring Court, Cary NC 27518

Mr. Madhukerbhai Mehta

(617) 633-2870

Mrs. Gitaben Mehta

(617) 633-2505

Camp Lalit

Sep 30th to

Oct 1st

Camp Laphio,

Umstead State Park

Mr. Kamlesh Shah

(919) 270-5111

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.


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, Neha Mehta @ (919) 454-7447 for any questions / details.

August Monthly Meeting Lunch - Food Volunteers and Sponsors

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

        Food Table Host: Sonali Luniya

Food Volunteers:

Jaynita Shah

Nisha Mehta

Chhaya Shah

Avani Doshi

Sonal Shah

Sejal Shah

Neha Mehta

Parul Shah

Food Table Schedule

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


Note the Tithis shown in the table.  Please ensure proper rules are followed and contact the Food Coordinator, Neha Mehta, for any 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.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Ketan Mota

(Secretary, JSCNC)