JSCNC Newsletter

A Publication of Jain Study Center of North Carolina

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


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

Mar 2012

2012 Executive Committee


Mr. Kamlesh Shah

(919) 270-5111


Vice President

Mrs. Rekha Banker

(919) 676-4548



Mr. Anand Shah

(919) 678-9475


Food Coordinator

Mr. Ajay Shah

(919) 655-5084


Youth Coordinator

Mrs. Rita Lodaya

(919) 240-5564


Mrs. Sejal Shah





Hindu Center


Mr. Kamlesh Shah

(919) 481-2377


Mr. Pravin Shah

(919) 859-4994


Mr. Harshad Shah

(919) 341 8894






Mr. Pratyush Mehta

Chapel Hill, NC

(919) 967-6270


Mr. Pritesh Shah

Raleigh, NC

(919) 786-1377

Annual Camp

Mr. Kamlesh Shah

Cary, NC

(919) 270-5111

Religious Programs

Mr. Pravin Shah

Mr. Kirit Shah

Editor’s Corner

Jai Jinendra,

Mahavir Jayanti preparations are in full swing. Thanks everyone who already came forward to volunteer. We can always use more volunteers so if you get approached by someone asking for help, please consider lending a hand.


Anand  Shah

(Secretary, JSCNC)

Inside This Issue

  1. Monthly Meeting
  2. Announcements
  3. Upcoming Activities
  4. Pathshala Corner
  5. Jain Stories
  6. How to Support Jain Study Center of NC

1. Monthly Meeting

The community holds its monthly meetings at the Hindu Temple in Morrisville, NC.

We invite everyone to attend the monthly meetings.

Please inform our Food Coordinator, Mr. Ajay Shah for planning purposes if you are planning to attend.

This month, we are fortunate to have a guest speaker Shri Anopbhai Vora. He was a past JAINA president. This particular topic he will be presenting has been very well received by several JAIN centers around the country.


Mar 18

Discourse Topic

Understanding and Control of

Kashayas( toxic emotions)


Mr. Anopbhai Vora

2. Announcements

Mahavir Jaynti 2012 Celebration

JSCNC will celebrate Mahavir Jayanti on Sat April 21. This year's celebrations will take place in Hindu Bhavan Cultural Hall to better accommodate our growing needs. We are also switching to an afternoon format followed by Swamivatsalya (Dinner). There is mandatory dress rehearsal for all cultural program participants on Fri Apr 13 in the evening. Stay tuned for the specific announcements.

Here is a draft schedule. I will share a soft copy of the final invitation in early April.

2:00 pm - Puja & Swapna Darshan

4:00 pm - Welcome address

4:30 pm - Cultural Program

6:30 pm - Swamivatsalya/Dinner

Mahavir Jayanti is one of the largest events sponsored by JSCNC, is open to everyone and demonstrates the unity and generosity of JAIN community. The Executive committee puts in a lot of planning in place but your support - financial and volunteer - makes this program a huge success. On behalf of the Executive Committee, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to everyone who has stepped forward to volunteer. I would also like to extend our gratitude to our sponsors for sponsoring Swami Vatsalya. We have three sponsors and we are grateful for their support.

As the community might know, our total budget this year is much larger. We are expecting 15-25% more attendees compared to last year and we can use all the help we can get. Some of the commonly sponsored items are: Swami Vatsalya (Dinner), Goody bags for children, Pizza on the day of dress rehearsal and Props for children.

If you would like to contribute, please register your pledge with Kamlesh Shah or Anand Shah. Also, if you are interested in volunteering please contact Kamlesh Shah or Anand Shah.

Volunteers Needed for

Prepare props for children

Video recording of the cultural program

Stage decoration

Assistance with Ashtprakari Puja

Kitchen Cleanup before and after

Food serving

We are in need for a couple of volunteers with videography of the entire event. If you are interested, please contact Mr. Paresh Gondalia (pgondalia@yahoo.com) and copy Anand Shah (anand2.shah@gmail.com). This year, we’d like to use HD camera if possible. If you own an HD camera and are willing to lend it for this auspicious occasion, please let Paresh know. Our plan is to create high quality footage of the entire program in a DVD format for everyone to enjoy.

We also need a few volunteers to server as Hall Monitors during the program. If you are interested, please contact Sonali Luniya (sonali_luniya@hotmail.com; 919-367-0461)

Weekly Mahavir Puja

We are requesting additional volunteers to perform Mahavir Puja every Saturday in the Hindu Temple. The Puja is very simple and takes less than one hour. This is a great way to teach children, especially young children to prepare them with this ritual. This is a great opportunity for children to learn so they are confident to perform a puja when we visit pilgrimages in India. If we can find at least 6 families, each family will get their turn ONCE every six weeks. Children will learn how to do the kesar pooja and all aspects of Asht prakari Pooja. Mrs. Rekha Banker who coordinates weekly puja will be happy to demonstrate in person and has several books with illustrations to help. If you are interested, please drop her a note.

Food Table

Mr. Ajay Shah (our food Coordinator) is in need for four host families. This is a great way to show your support if you are unable to cook for monthly meeting. The responsibilities include paying for paper products ($35), bring napkins, spoons, pickle (Athanu) , Mukhvas, Manage kitchen, make tea/cofee, clean kitchen (there are additional volunteers for cleaning up. You as the host is responsible for making sure it gets done). If you are interested, please drop him a note.

Platform Repairs in the temple

On behalf of the Executive Committee, I would like to thank Mr. Urvil Mehta for repairing the platform in front of Mahavir Swami’s idol in Hindu Temple. The platform was in dire shape and needed to be repaired. Many thanks to Mr. Urvil Mehta.

3. Upcoming Activities

Ths JSCNC 2012 calendar is online. 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.

4. Pathshala Corner

JSCNC Pathshala serves our young kids to instill spiritual development, self-awareness and promote Jain identity in individuals, based on the principles of Jainism. The teachers pay special attention to the needs of young and older groups and have structured curriculum as such.


The Paathshala classes take place every first Sunday of the month from 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Hindu Temple Cultural Hall AND on 3rd Sundays during the monthly meeting. If you plan to attend and/or need more information, please call Mrs. Rita Lodaya or Mrs. Sejal Shah. Paathshala e-mail address is JSCNCpathshala@yahoo.com.

/Sign-out Process

I wanted to remind everyone that children's safety is our utmost concern. Our pathshala attendance continues to grow. All pathshala classes are held on safe premises of Hindu Center, however there is considerable traffic in the parking lot. To help pathshala teachers maintain order and keep everyone safe, we are asking all the parents to sign in and sign out their kids - irrespective of the age of their child - during the 1st Sunday pathshala. We request very basic information (Who, When and emergeny contact). We will use this process for all future youth activities. The goal of this process is to balance convenience and children’s safety.

Please continue to follow this process. It is important to cooperate with the teachers for the safety of your children.

5. Jain Stories

This is a new feature based on community contributions and will be short. This month’s contribution is from Mr. Manish Mehta of Chapel Hill, NC.

6. Supporting our center

You can support our Center by:

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Anand  Shah

(Secretary, JSCNC)