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

Aug 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,

This year is unusual due to Adhik Mas and Paryushan days are different for different sects. Additionally our sang has traditionally celebrated Paryushan from Sat to Sat. In order to minimize confusion, I have posted all the Paryushan dates on our calendar. Please visit www.jscnc.org and click on Events.


Anand  Shah

(Secretary, JSCNC)

Inside This Issue

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


Please note the new date for next month’s meeting. It will take place on Sep 9th (2nd Sunday) instead of Sep 16th (3rd Sunday).


Aug 19

Discourse Topic

Samyag Darshan, Samyag Gnan, Samyag Charitya.

If I am a Jain, do I have to become aware of these topics?


Dr. Mahesh Varia

2. Announcements

Paryshan Parva

JSCNC will celebrate paryushan from Sep 8 - Sep 15. We are in the process of planning several activities during this auspicious week (discourses, swadhyay, kalpasutra reading etc.) and will communicate those in Sep newsletter. As always, please consult the online calendar for up-to-date information on specific dates and events.

Local events in honor of tragedy in Wisconsin

As the horrific news spread about the shooting at a Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) in Wisconsin, the entire nation rallied in support of the victims. A number of local organizations planned events remembering the victims and condemning the act. Our President, Mr. Kamlesh Shah also expressed his deep sorrow in a letter to Dr. Didar Hothi, BOD President of Sikh Gurdwara of NC. A transcript of the letter is below:

Kamlesh Shah <kshah_us@yahoo.com>

Date: Tue, Aug 7, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Reply-To: Kamlesh Shah <kshah_us@yahoo.com>

To: Didar Hothi <c22realty@gmail.com>


Hello Dr. Hothi,


On behalf of the Jain Study Center of NC, I would like to express deep sadness and shock on the news of the killings in Oak Creek, Wisconsin on Sunday the 5th of August.


Jain principles do not condone any violence against any living being, and such an action from an individual or a group of people is highly condemned by us as a collective group of Jains residing in NC and elsewhere.


We deeply regret the news and would like to express our sympathy to greater Sikh Community residing in North Carolina and elsewhere.


We also like to offer any help and support we can provide to the community in Wisconsin in this great time of sorrow. We are  circulating the information on the vigil being held on 8/8 to our community at large and I will be in contact with you in that regard.


Also, please find attached herewith a message issued by JAINA - Federation of Jain Association in North America.


The greater Sikh community of Wisconsin and North America is in our thoughts and prayers.


PS: Please feel free to circulate the same to your membership at large.


Thanks !


Kamlesh Shah

President, Jain Study Center of NC


(919)270-5111 (cell)

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.

Swadhyay - twice a week - Contact Mr. Harshad Shah

Mahavir Puja - once a week - Contact Mrs. Rekha Banker

Annual Camp - Save the date - Oct 6 and 7

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.

6. Supporting our center

You can support our Center by:

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Anand  Shah

(Secretary, JSCNC)