JSCNC Newsletter

A Publication of Jain Study Center of North Carolina

509 Carriage Woods Circle, Cary, NC 27513 U.S.A.


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

DEC 2019

2019 Executive Committee


Mr. Ritesh Salot

(704) 737-0107


Vice President

Mr. Shashin Chheda

(617) 314-3428



Mr. Pratyush Mehta

(919) 260-5156



Mr. Kalpesh Parekh

(919) 798-9006


Food Coordinator

Mr. Rajan Chheda

(978) 408-7284


Jain Pathshala


Mrs. Sejal Shah

(919) 845-9593




Mr. Ketan Kuruwa

(210) 602-1397


Youth Coordinators / Pathshala Teachers

Mrs. Rita Lodaya

(919) 240-5564


Mrs. Neha Mehta

(919) 454-7447


Mrs. Sejal Shah

(919) 845-9593


Mrs. Shweta Shah

(919) 678-9475


Mrs. Purvi Shah

(919) 522-0747




Hindu Center


Mr. Pravin Shah

(919) 859-4994


Mr. Ritesh Salot

(704) 737-0107


Mr. Harshad Shah

(919) 341-8894

Special Projects

Special Projects

Board Advisor

Mr. Bhairav Shah

Religious Programs

Mr. Pravin Shah

Mr. Paresh Gondalia


Mr. Pritesh Shah

Annual Camp

Mr. Kamlesh Shah

Editor’s Corner

Jai Jinendra,


    On behalf of the Executive Committee of 2019, we thank you for your continued support to the committee and the community at large.

We have some important announcements this month in announcement section.

Looking forward to a great 2020!  In the meantime, enjoy the holidays with family and friends and safe travels!

Warm regards,

Kalpesh Parekh

(Secretary, JSCNC)

Inside This Issue

  1. Monthly Meeting
  2. Announcements
  3. Upcoming Activities
  4. Food Table Corner
  5. Pathshala Corner
  6. Supporting our Center

1. Monthly Meeting

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

10:45 am


11:00 am

Administrative/Committee Announcements

11:15 am

Adult Discourse/Discussion

12:30 pm

Item(s) / Presentation(s) by Pathshala children

12:45 pm


01:00 pm


Pathshala Format

10:45 am

Kids drop-off to Pathshala location

11:00 am

Pathshala starts

12:15 pm (3rd Sunday)

Pathshala ends and pickup

12:30 pm (1st Sunday)

Pathshala ends and pickup


Sunday, Dec 15

Discourse Topic

Interactive Workshop - “I am Spiritual but not Religious”


Sudhirbhai Shah

2. Announcements

Pathshala 2020 Registration

One of the founding principles of Jain Study Center of NC is to serve our young kids to instill spiritual development, self-awareness and promote Jain identity. With this future in mind, we have established a twice-a-month Pathshala. Our volunteer teachers pay special attention to the needs of young and older groups and have structured curriculum as such.

Mandatory Pathshala registration for 2020 ends on Sunday December 15, 2019

JSCNC rents an after-school facility off Morrisville Pkwy., which charges a rental fee for holding these Pathshalas.  Based on this and a few other factors, the Pathshala fees for 2020 is $75 in total per child - this is the same as last year. Deadline for Pathshala dues is also Sunday December 15, 2019

How to register my child?

There are Two ways to register this year:

One way - Use the form below for registering your child(ren). Please use one form per child. Child's age must be at least 4 yrs.

JSCNC 2020 Pathshala Registration   

Second way - You can register in person with volunteers present at next 3 Pathshalas on Nov 17 and Dec 15

How to pay?

Please make check payable to “JSCNC” and write your child(ren)’s name in the memo. For example, "Child1, Child2".

You can hand over the check to 1) Volunteers sitting during Nov 17 and Dec 15 Pathshalas 2) Any committee member or 3) Mail them to our treasurer at the following address:

Pratyush Mehta

207 Forsyth Drive

Chapel Hill, NC 27517

December 15 Meeting - General Body Meeting

Per the constitution, JSCNC should hold a General Body Meeting every year.  This year, we are planning to consider the JSCNC Monthly Meeting day (Dec. 15th) to be that day.  If you have any questions, concerns or constructive criticisms, please send an email to Ritesh Salot (salotritesh@yahoo.co.in) so we can try to address it going forward.

Thank you for all your support in 2019 year.  We are always humbled by all your support and contributions and hope to continue the same for next year.

The current committee will continue their second year in 2020 hence we will not be having any elections this year.

Youth Leadership and Volunteer Opportunities

We are planning to provide leadership and volunteer opportunities to middle and high school students in our community. We will support them with getting volunteer hour credits in their school clubs if they participate in this program. The following opportunities are currently available:

Youth Leadership Opportunity

Youth Volunteer Opportunity


Mahavir Jayanti

Monthly Meeting


Assistant Cultural Coordinator

Setup (10 to 11am)

Assistant Puja Coordinator

Food Service (12:30 to 1:30pm)

Skit Director

Wrap up (1:30 to 2:30pm)



Please reach out to Ketan Kuruwa at (210) 602-1397 (ketan.kuruwa@gmail.com) or any of the committee members to sign-up.

3. Upcoming Activities

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:





Weekly Workshop (Saturdays)

9:30 am

Pravinbhai’s Residence,

509 Carriage Woods Circle,

Cary, NC 27513

Mr. Pravinbhai Shah

(919) 859-4994

Weekly Swadhyay (Tuesdays)

4 pm

HSNC Temple Library

Dr. Ramnik Zota

(919) 467 2186

Weekly Mahavir Puja (Saturdays)

10 am

HSNC Temple

Mrs. Rekhaben Banker

(919) 676-4548

4. Food Table Corner

We would like to correct an omission from the last newsletter - JSCNC would like to thank an anonymous donor for the sponsorship of the “goodie plate” (mathia, kela vada & sweet) at the Diwali October meeting. The sponsorship is greatly appreciated.

Also, a reminder that we have taken on an 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.

Food Table Schedule for 2019

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 November monthly meeting lunch

Please take a moment to thank the following individuals for volunteering and/or sponsoring food items for the November monthly meeting lunch. Thank you!

        Food Table Host: Minal Shah

Food Volunteers:

Shweta Shah

Reena Parekh

Rita Lodaya

Nisha Mehta

Deepa Desai

Mira Shah

Puja Doshi

Naliniben Shah

Sejal Nanavati

Krupali Shah

Jagruti Varia / Mehta


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

Vijay Vora

Ishita & Amit Pothiwala

Indu & Mahesh Varia

Dimpi & Shashin Chheda

Sachin Solkhan & Swati Shikhare

Nirupa & Deepak Parekh

Indira & Mahendra Doshi

5. Pathshala Corner

Food Can Drive

Pathshala teachers and the committee would like to extend their sincere appreciation and thanks to the pathshala students and the community members for making this food drive a great success!

Pathshala Registration for 2020

Please see the “Announcement” section of this Newsletter for details.

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

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 hetali.lodaya@yja.org

6. Supporting our Center

You can support our center by:

Thank you!

On behalf of JSCNC committee,

Kalpesh Parekh

(Secretary, JSCNC)