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
Preparations for Mahavir Jayanti are in full swing!
As these preparations continue to move at a fast clip, let’s take a moment to recognize leaders and volunteers who are already helping with the various cultural programs and Puja and those who will follow shortly to help with the stage decorations, video shooting, kitchen duties and more!
Equally important has been the sponsoring for many different aspects of the program. To those who have already pledged, we sincerely thank you! We still have quite a gap to fill - please consider pledging for this auspicious occasion, and contact Mr. Pratyush Mehta if interested for further details.
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
Mahavir Jayanti 2019
Mahavir Jayanti is one of the largest events sponsored by JSCNC, is open to everyone, and demonstrates the unity and generosity of the JAIN community. Last year’s event attracted a record turnout of approximately 450 participants, volunteers and guests!
Mark your calendars for 2019 Mahavir Jayanti program:
April 30 @ 6 pm
Mandatory Stage Rehearsal
HSNC Cultural Hall
Sunday May 5 @ 1:30pm
HSNC Cultural Hall
Sunday May 5 @ 3:45pm
Mahavir Jayanti Cultural Program
HSNC Cultural Hall
Following are key contacts for the celebration:
Overall MJ coordinator - Mr. Pratyush Mehta
Cultural program coordinator - Mrs. Neha Kuruwa
Puja coordinators - Mrs. Shweta Shah, Mr. Paresh Gondalia & Mr. Pritesh Shah
Most program teams and choreographers have been decided and have started their practice - Thank you to all the volunteers for their time and dedication.
Puja signup email has been sent out and we have a lot of interest from youth/kids. If an Adult would like to volunteer for puja please contact Mr. Paresh Gondalia or Mrs. Shweta Shah.
Pledges and volunteering
Taking part in the stage program is not the only way to participate/support. We are looking for volunteers and donation pledges alike to help in many other ways. As we get the preparations kick-started, your support is what really makes this program a success. Here are some ways you can help:
Major Sponsorship opportunities
The following is an update on sponsorships. Please contact Mr. Pratyush Mehta or Mr. Ritesh Salot if you are interested.
Jagdish & Nalini Shah - $1,000
Vasant & Prabha Sejpal - $1,000
Mahendra & Indira Doshi - $500
Ramesh & Pragna Shah - $500
Available - $2,500
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
Social Media Update
We are excited to announce that the JSCNC Facebook page (link) is now live! Thanks to Ishan Shah, Mihir Shah, Kunal Lodaya, Hetali Lodaya and Sanjana Jhaveri for making this happen. If you would like to get an invite to the Facebook page or have suggestions on how we can improve it then please reach out to Ketan Kuruwa or one of the JSCNC Committee members.
Cash donations at the temple
A gentle reminder that per HSNC policy, we cannot take cash donations to support any outside organizations globally.
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:
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. Visit the following link to find more details on these individuals.
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. 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 February monthly meeting lunch
Please take a moment to thank the following individuals for volunteering and/or sponsoring food items for the February monthly meeting lunch. Thank you!
February Food Table Host: Mrs. Usha Doshi
February Food Volunteers::
Mira Pritesh Shah
Purvi Ketan Shah
Harsha U Shah
Avani N Doshi
Sejal B 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
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.
Visit yja.org/pathshala to get started! For more information, please contact Hetali Lodaya at (919) 260-9619 or via email at email@example.com
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Thank you again for your support.