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

Nov 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,


From the entire Executive Committee, we wish you all a Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak!  May the new year bring joy and prosperity to you and your family.


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, November 18th

Discourse Topic




2. Announcements

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.

This tradition continued on October 14th.  A few captured memories from this event can be seen using the link below, courtesy of Mr. Anand Shah.

2018 Fall Highway Cleanup Pictures

Youth Event - Durham Food Bank Volunteer Opportunity

We organized a volunteering event on Saturday, October 20th at the Durham Food Bank.  Please see pictures from that event using the link below, courtesy of Mr. Anand Shah.

2018 Durham Food Bank Pictures

Crop Walk

JSCNC is a proud participant of Greater Triangle Area Crop Hunger Walk 2018​. We had a great turnout this year with 49 JSCNC members participating in the walk. Donations from JSCNC community was $2,833 which far exceeded our initial goal of $2000.  

Please see the pictures from this event using the link below. They are courtesy of Mr. Bhairav Shah.

2018 Crop Walk Pictures

Interestingly our JSCNC team also performed Garba at this event. The pictures folder referenced above contains this video as well, but here is the direct link to the Garba video.

Also check out the following YouTube video, courtesy of Rajenbhai Doshi.

JSCNC Crop Walk 2018 - YouTube Video

Youth Event - Diaper Bank Volunteer Opportunity

Please mark your calendars for Diaper Bank volunteering event on Saturday January 26th from 10am to 2pm. Additional details and registration information will be sent out via a separate email in a few days.

Pathshala Registration for Calendar Year 2019

We will soon start the pathshala registration for 2019. Please watch out for the email communication for more details on the registration process.  

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.

Amazon Shoppers

With the holiday season approaching, we would like to remind you that you can contribute to JSCNC just by doing your regular shopping on Amazon. Visit smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com and pick Jain Study Center of North Carolina as your designated charity.  See the screenshot below.

Amazon will contribute a portion of the purchase price to JSCNC.  

Note that there is no cost to you.  So remember to visit smile.amazon.com every time you would like to shop at Amazon.

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

General Body Meeting

Nov 18th

HSNC Temple

Mr. Bhairav Shah

(919) 845-9593

Youth Volunteering @ Diaper Bank

Jan 26th, 2019

Diaper Bank of NC

Mrs. Avani Doshi

(704) 962-5329

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.

October 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 October monthly meeting lunch.

Food Table Host: Ushaben Doshi

Food Volunteers:

Nisha Mehta

Deepa Desai

Rupande Gondalia

Sonal Shah

Neha Mehta

Purvi Shah

Sejal Shah

Aditi Salot

Reena Parekh

Tejal Lalan

Avani Doshi / Shah

Jigna Shah

Food Table Schedule

Note: Team B will be volunteering for food preparation this month. Our food coordinator, Mr. Ajay Shah will contact the volunteers and explain the reason for this change.

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 took place on November 4th. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners for the younger groups will be announced in November.

The older age groups ( Vardhmaan and Mahavir) have a submission deadline of November 18th. Winners from this older groups would be announced in December.

Pathshala Registration for Calendar Year 2019

We will soon start the pathshala registration for 2019. Please watch out for the email communication for more details on the registration process.

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)