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

Oct 2018

2018 Executive Committee


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,


We had a good turnout at Camp Lalit. Natural setting for religious teachings and lots of good food made it a good weekend. Slightly cooler temperature would have made it perfect. Regardless the kids loved their second picnic this year!

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

We appreciate the support of our sponsors and thank you to all those who attended this event.  Its success depends on you.


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

Next Monthly Meeting

Sunday, October 21st

Discourse Topic

Continuation of

“Atma Siddhi Shastra”


“Dr. Ramnikbhai Zota”

2. Announcements

Paryushan Maha Parva - 2018

Jain Study Center of North Carolina observed Paryushan from Sep 8 - Sep 15.  The occasion included Puja on the first day and Bhavana on Sep 12th. Unfortunately because of Hurricane Florence, we had to cancel the Puja and Samvatsari on the last day.

Thanks to Arvindbhai and Arunaben Shah, as well as Ramnikbhai and Lataben, many of us took the advantage of doing daily Pratikramans at their home.  

Many thanks to our singers and musicians at the Puja and Bhavna.  Aneri Shah, Arnav Shah, Mr. Arvinbhai Shah, Mr. Pratyushbhai Mehta, Mrs. Heenaben Mehta, Mr. Mayurbhai Lodaya, Mrs. Indiraben Doshi, Mrs. Artiben Shah and Mr. Harshadbhai Shah, did a splendid job at leading many stavans and dhuns. We appreciate the efforts of the Mahavir group students from our Pathshala for singing “Maitri Bhav nu”  stavan.

We recognize the achievements of the following tapasvis.

Mrs. Avani Doshi

10 Upvaas

Mrs. Karishma Shah

8 Upvaas

Mrs. Rima Shah

8 Upvaas

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

Paryushan & Bhavna Pictures

Fall Camp Lalit

As mentioned above, Camp Lalit was another success this year.  Under Kamleshbhai’s leadership, everything went smoothly as expected.  Our food coordinator, Mr. Ajaybhai Shah, assisted Kamleshbhai with food planning and worked very hard all the way through the end of the camp.

We were also fortunate to have Samani Kanchan Pragyaji  &  Samani Pranav Pragyaji, who led us in several discourses, with the theme Password for real happiness.  We would like to thank Sunil and Sunita Anchaliya for hosting the Samanijis during their entire stay.

See the following link for the Preksha Meditation / Beej Mantra powerpoint slides that Samaniji used in one of the sessions.  (Note that the file is quite large so you will likely have to download it to view the slides)

Preksha Meditation / Beej Mantra slides

We are grateful to our sponsors, Ketan and Neha Kuruwa for sponsoring the Saturday lunch, and Harshadbhai Shah for sponsoring the Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch.

A big thanks too, to all the volunteers who tirelessly executed their duties in the kitchen, in the hall, and keeping the kids occupied while the rest of us could enjoy the discourses.

Thanks also to Harshadbhai Shah for his efforts in chronicling this event - memories that we’ll enjoy for years to come.  Please follow the link below to view some of the snapshots.

Camp Lalit Pictures

Highway Cleanup

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 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 14th.  This is a fun activity for children and adults, and shows our commitment to the community.


9AM on Sunday October 14th


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 12th

Youth Event - Durham Food Bank Volunteer Opportunity

We have organized a volunteering opportunity on Saturday, October 20th at the Durham Food Bank.  It helps encourage bonding amongst our JSCNC youth and promotes community service. Registration and other information was shared via email.


Saturday, October 20th from 9am-12pm


Durham Food Bank,

2700 Angier Avenue, Durham, NC 27703


For any additional information/questions, please contact our Youth/Outreach Director, Mrs. Avani Doshi @ (704) 962-5329

Crop Walk

JSCNC is a proud participant of Greater Triangle Area Crop Hunger Walk 2018​. See details below:


Sunday, October 28, 2018


North Carolina State University

Court of the Carolinas

(near NCSU Bell Tower on Hillsborough Street behind Caldwell Hall)

Court of NC North Trail

Raleigh, NC 27607

Registration Begins


Walk Begins


Walk Distance

3.1 mile & 1 mile options




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

The JSCNC team, led by Mr. Ajay and Mrs. Jayshree Shah, has been participating since 2008 . In 2017, we had about 30 walkers from the JSCNC team, and our members donated $1,778 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.

This year, JSCNC's goal is $2000.00. We have already collected $100.00.

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. If you would like to donate towards this cause, please make a donation in one of the following ways:


General Body Meeting in November Monthly Meeting

Per the constitution, JSCNC should hold a General Body Meeting every year.  This year, we are planning to consider the JSCNC Monthly Meeting day (Nov 18th) to be that day.  If you have any questions, concerns or constructive criticisms, please send an email to Bhairav Shah (bhairavshah@gmail.com) so we can try to address it at the meeting and/or pass them to next year's committee.


Board of Directors Nomination

As per the JSCNC constitution guidelines, 2018 is an election year as it marks the end of the two-year term for Executive Committee.

As dictated by our constitution, the current Board Of Directors/Executive Committee is seeking nominations from the general JSCNC membership for the following positions for the next term starting in 2019:


Please note that these are positions for 2-year terms. As per constitution, a nominee must be a center member in good standing for at least 3  calendar years to be eligible for any of the positions.

If you are interested in serving the community as a BOD member for any of the above positions above, please contact Mr. Bhairav Shah, President for JSCNC at (919) 845-9593 or bhairavshah@gmail.com.

Please note that nominations would be evaluated by the BOD as per the constitution guidelines and procedures, and will announce the new BOD officers and Committee roles for 2019-2020 in Dec 2018 meeting.

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:

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

Fall Highway Cleanup

Oct 14 @9am

Neomonde Restaurant,

Morrisville, NC

Mr. Pritesh Shah

(919) 609-6301

Food Bank Volunteering

Oct 20 from 9am to 12pm

Durham Food Bank

Mrs. Avani Doshi

(704) 962-5329

Crop Walk

Oct 28 at 2pm

Court of the Carolinas,


Mr. Ajaybhai Shah

(919) 601-2624

General Body Meeting

Nov 18th

HSNC Temple

Mr. Bhairav Shah

(919) 845-9593

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.

September 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 September monthly meeting lunch.

Food Table Host: Manali Bhadresh Doshi

Food Volunteers:

Heena Mehta

Ritaben Lodaya

Purvi Modi

Jyoti Shah

Shweta Shah

Puja Doshi

Jayshree Shah

Naliniben Shah


Indira Kishore Mehta

Renuka Khushal Mehta

Krupali Bankim Shah

Jasmin Nishar

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

2018 Intra Class Competitions Announced

As the year comes to a close, students from all four pathshala classes will participate in age- appropriate intra class competition. For the younger groups (Arihant and Veer), in-class competitions will take place on November 4th. The older age groups ( Vardhmaan and Mahavir) will have a submission deadline of November 18th. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for each class will be announced in December.

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 using link below, complete it and mail it by following the instructions

JSCNC Membership Form

  • By making a generous donation for Education Fund,  Jiv Daya, Mahavir Jayanti or General donation.

Follow the link below to learn how to make a donation.

Donate to JSCNC

  • Shopping at smile.amazon.com and picking Jain Study Center of North Carolina as the charity organization to support. Use the following link to setup JSCNC as your charity and start shopping:

Support JSCNC with Amazon Smile

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Ketan Mota

(Secretary, JSCNC)