JSCNC Newsletter

Apr 2011

2011 Executive Committee


Mr. Pravin Shah

(919) 859-4994


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. Pravin Shah

(919) 859-4994


Mrs. Rekha Banker

(919) 676-4548


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,

An unknown author once said: “Nobody can do everything, but everyone can do something.” - so true as I observed the planning for MJ2011. When I first got involved with planning of this year’s Mahavir Jayanti, I honestly did not anticipate the amount of work for the annual tradition of cultural program and Swamivatsalaya. Mahavir Jayanti is the largest and most comprehensive event that our community organizes every year under the auspices of Hindu Center of NC. We are blessed to have so many volunteers who come forward, sometime even before we have requested for help. It’s the collective efforts of everyone, that has made this event possible.

Starting this month, I will publish a lightweight version of the Newsletter. This will allow people with very old web client to read the newsletter without any problems and will display well on smartphones. I will also attach as PDF version for quick printing.


Anand  Shah

(Secretary, JSCNC)

Inside This Issue

  1. Monthly Meeting
  2. Announcements
  3. Upcoming Activities
  4. Pathshala Corner
  5. Recipe Corner
  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.

Monthly Meeting Format

10:45 a.m.


11:00 a.m.

Item(s) / presentation by Paathshala children

11:15 a.m.

Administrative/Committee activities

11:30 a.m.


12:45 p.m.

Other Announcements

01:00 p.m.



Due to Mahavir Jayanti Celebration

April 16th, 2011

2. Announcements

Mahavir Jayanti 2011 Celebration


Hindu Bhavan (Temple Hall), 309 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville, NC 27560. -  (919) 481-2574


April 16th, 2011 - Saturday

Program Details

09:30 - 09:35  AM

 Invocation of Mahavir Swami Puja by HSNC

09:35 - 11:15: AM

Ashtprakari Puja, Swapna Darshan, Shanti Kalash, Aarti - by Jain Youth

11:15 - 11:30: AM

Invocation of Cultural Program by HSNC President and Welcome address by Mahavir Jayanti Program Coordinator

11:30 AM - 1:00: PM

Cultural Program presented by Jain Youth

1:00  -  2:00: PM

Maha-prasad or Swamivatsalya


The 2011 committee would like to extend their sincere gratitude towards the following individuals for their generous financial contribution for Mahavir Jayanti 2011.

MJ2011 Donor List





Mayur & Rita Lodaya

Chapel Hill, NC


Harshad & Jyotsna Shah

Raleigh, NC




Anil and Gita Shah

Wilmington, NC




Madhukar and Gita Mehta

Cary NC


Harshad Varia

Raleigh, NC


Yogesh and Ragini Sanghvi

Raleigh, NC




Vasant Prabha Sejpal

Burlinton NC


Nipun and Sue Shah

Fayetteville NC



As a reminder, your contribution to Jain Study Center of NC is tax deductible and helps support our vibrant community. We depend upon and appreciate your support.

3. Upcoming Activities

Ths JSCNC 2011 calendar is now online. Please visit http://www.jscnc.org/cal.php  The calendar has the most up-to-date listing of all confirmed activities for the year.


4. Paathshala 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.

The pathshala teachers, students and other community participants are very busy preparing for the upcoming Mahavir Jayanti program. They would like to thank the kids for their continued hard work. Special THANKS go to all the Volunteers, some of whom are busy working parents! On behalf of the Paathshala coordinators, the committee would like to emphasize to all of the participants and their parents to cooperate with the volunteer choreographers.

There are very few practices left before they go live on stage in front of a 300 people audience. Please make sure your child attends all practices and attends the mandatory rehearsal scheduled for Sat. Apr 9th.

5. Recipe Corner

Submit your recipes to anand2.shah@gmail.com for featuring in the monthly newsletter. All recipes will be uploaded to www.jscnc.org Food Corner section as well.

This month’s recipe (courtsey of our wonderful Food Coordinator Ajay Shah, Mrs. Jyoti Kirit Shah and Mrs. Jayshree Ajay Shah). Most of the members who attended March meeting got a taste of this!  

Chinese Stir-Fry Vegetable (serves 4)

Serves: 4

(Approximately 2 lbs)


Baby corn

6 OZ

Cut half



3 OZ



Bamboo shoot

3 OZ



Sugar snap peas

6 OZ

As is


Bell paper

6 OZ

Cut in 1/2" dice



6 OZ

Cut into 3/4 "


Green beans

3 OZ

1" size


Jalapeno paper

1 OZ




4 stems

1/2" piece


Bok choy

1 bunch



About 2 table spoon of canola or olive oil and 1/2 table spoon of sesame oil

Put on high flame



Add: bell paper and beans


After 30 sec add broccoli



After 30 sec add remaining


Let it be on high flame for 2 minutes till it is crisp and crunchy





Maggi Jain catchup

1/2 cup

(half cup)


Soy sauce

1/8 cup



Dark Soy sauce

1 table spoon


White vinegar

1/2 table spoon


Dry ginger powder

1/4 teas sppon


Black paper

1/8 teas spoon


chili sauce

1 tabls spoon

(May add more if need hot)

corn syrup

1 tea spoon

(May need more if need little sweet)


1/2 cup

room temperature

corn starch

1.5 table spoon


Mix water and corn start till starch dissolves and keep aside

Heat all other ingredients mentioned above and heat on slow to medium heat

Add disolved corn starch and stir till it makes little thick and sticky

Brown rice: 1 cup dry




7 cup




1/2 teaspoon


Boil water

and add rice


Drain when soft




6. Supporting our center

You can support our Center by:

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Anand  Shah

(Secretary, JSCNC)