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
2019 Executive Committee
Our sincere gratitude to the community for their efforts and monetary donations for Mahavir Jayanti 2019. It would not have been possible without your continued support!
We have some more exciting events like Youth panel discussion, Mother’s day celebration etc. to look forward to...
More details in the Announcements section
Inside This Issue
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
NEXT MONTHLY MEETING
Yoga and Meditation
Instructors will take us step by step through the fundamental aspects of yoga sutra and walk us through the ultimate goal of reaching towards the conscious state of mind.
Dr.Vipul Mankad will provide a brief overview of yoga and meditation as well as give a brief explanation of what some of the basic restraints and observances of yoga are and Mrs.Jyoti Shah will lead us into practicing chair yoga and pranayam. The participants will learn some simple stretches and asanas which they can continue to practice at home.
Dr.Vipul Mankad, M.D.
Dr. Vipul Mankad is former Professor and Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, University of Kentucky. His own clinical practice focused on pediatric hematology oncology treating children with serious blood disorders and cancers. He has practiced yoga and meditation for more than 20 years. He likes to relate modern biomedical research to ancient yogic practices and believes meditation promotes better physical and mental health.
Jyoti is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapist. She has been practicing and teaching Kripalu style hatha yoga for last 15 years. Her teaching brings awareness towards deep breathing while in asanas, incorporates various pranayama techniques and meditation to stay present and positive.
Mahavir Jayanti 2019
Mahavir Jayanti was celebrated at the HSNC Cultural Hall on Sunday May 5th with a record turnout of about 480 people, and an accomplished participation in puja and the program, the event was regarded as a success!
We would like to recognize and thank many families for their generous donations towards the event. We certainly could not pull this off without your support and contribution.
Also a big, heartfelt thanks to all the coordinators, volunteers and choreographers who dedicated so much effort and time along with immense ownership making our event successful and the community proud!
I am sure everyone is eager for the pictures & video, we will share a link to those soon.
Mahavir Jayanti 2019 Sponsorships
Here is a list of our sponsors for the program:
Jagdish & Nalini Shah - $1,000
Vasant & Prabha Sejpal - $1,000
Nipun & Sue Shah - $1,000
Harshad Shah - $1,000
Mahendra & Indira Doshi - $500
Ramesh & Pragna Shah - $500
Jagat & Purnima Parikh - $500
Mayur & Rita Lodaya - $500
Danis & Tejal Lalan - $251
Hemal Modi - $251
Hitesh & Chetna Shah - $501
Harshad & Jagruti Varia - $251
Dipen & Pallavi Shah - $1,000
Children appreciation gift
Ritesh & Aditi Salot
Shashin & Dimpi Chheda
MJ Snacks & Tea
Triangle Hindi Group
Heena and Pratyush Mehta
Arvind & Aruna Shah
* - Amounts are approximate - Sponsors have pledged full amount based on actual cost. Donation amount over $250 are listed in the above table.
Expense Reimbursement Process:
Reminder that we have introduced a new process to request reimbursement for eligible JSCNC expenses. Please send an email to email@example.com with the following information to request a reimbursement:
Panel Discussion on college admissions and beyond
We have a new event this year for our youth and parents who are planning for life in college! Introducing a panel discussion with our future who's who to help answer many of your questions including college admission experience, parental anxiety, dealing with roommates, living away from home, college expectation vs reality etc.
A separate email was sent out earlier with more details. This is just a reminder. Please r.s.v.p latest by Wednesday May 15 on - Facebook Page - College Youth Panel
Facilitator: Ketan Kuruwa/ Salauni Shah
Date: Saturday, May 18
Location: Kiwanis Shelter, Bond Park, Cary
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Mother’s Day Celebration
JSCNC will be celebrating Mother’s Day at the next monthly meeting on May 19. Many thanks to Mr. Harshad Shah for sponsoring the Mother’s Day Lunch this year!
Please see a special note for the kids in the Pathshala section
We will have a renowned scholar Father Vincent Sekhar, a Jesuit Catholic Priest from Madurai (TN, INDIA), teaching faculty in the Dept. of Philosophy, Arul Anandar College. He has been touring the US and will be in Raleigh to address our community on Jain-Christian dialogue. Below please find some basic information - more will be shared in an email soon.
Scholar: Dr. Vincent Sekhar
Topic: My experiences with the Jains and the initiative on Christian-Jain dialogue
Location: HSNC learning classroom (room no. TBD)
Date & Time: Monday, May 27 from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Father’s Day Picnic
For your general information and planning purposes, we would like to announce that Father’s Day Picnic will be held on Sunday, June 9 at Beech Shelter, Lake Crabtree County Park. As with every year, we will send out a separate email with more details and registration instructions.
Social Media Update
The JSCNC Facebook page (Link) has been visited by nearly 700 people and continues to grow! So click the link above to like and follow us and check out the upcoming events. Your suggestions for improvement are always welcome - please reach out to Ketan Kuruwa or one of the JSCNC Committee members.
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:
A reminder that we have taken on a 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.
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 April monthly meeting lunch
Please take a moment to thank the following individuals for volunteering and/or sponsoring food items for the March monthly meeting lunch. Thank you!
March Food Table Host: Mrs. Manali Doshi
March Food Volunteers:
Jayshreeben Ajay Shah
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
Ishita & Amit Pothiwala
Indu & Mahesh Varia
Dimpi & Shashin Chheda
Sachin Solkhan & Swati Shikhare
Ruchi Vivek Deliwala
Nirupama Dipak Parekh
Special for Mother’s Day
We encourage all pathshala students to reflect upon, write and present a short paragraph, poem, song, etc. honoring ‘MOM’ during children’s presentation at this monthly meeting following pathshala.
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 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.
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