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JCA NY Rath Yatra on June 13, 2015

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

RathYatra

Jai Jinendra,
Dear Sadharmik Brothers and Sisters,
We would like to bring to your kind attention that the preparations for the Rath Yatra are in full swing. Naresh T. Shah is leading the team of volunteers to pull through a beautiful ensemble of Jain Principles and Philosophy. We are going to have our Rath Yatra on June 13, 2015 at our Ithaca Street Temple.
The Yatra will have a beautiful Indra Dhwaja, 4 Floats, a Band, Dholi, 3 open cars, live music and our beautiful rath with our Arihant Bhagwan in them. The floats are being developed / created with beautiful themes of Non Violence, Namokar Mantra, Ashtapad and stories that depict Jain Faith. The dress for Sarathi, Chhadidar, Bhagwan's father and Indra will be provided by JCA. All other persons sitting in Rath should be in Pooja Cloths and without shoes. We will be starting sharp at 9:00 AM - as we have to finish our route by 12 Noon Sharp.
The enthusiasm of the seniors, volunteers, Art Gallery, Religious coordinators and temple's employees is beyond what we could have asked for, to put this up in such a short time. What we are now waiting to ensure is that the weather turns out beautiful, and why not, it is a yatra of our Bhagwan - so the Meghkumar Dev will take care of what they have to !!!!!
We request your active participation and want you to be part of this event. We are requesting the following dress code:
Boys above age 8 - White
Girls above age 8 - White
Children below age 8 - Beautiful colorful Indian attire
Men - Dress in Formal Indian Ehtnic Wear as Indras
Women - Dress as Indranis, do I need to explain this
RATH YATRA EVENT
We are planning to organize a march of our kids in the rath yatra. Please give names of kids ages 12 - 17 to Nareshbhai Shah 646-382-7744 by Sunday, May 31, 2015.
The following are available through a lucky draw for $251. We request that all amounts should be paid in full for the draw in the temple office by Sunday, June 7, 2015 - as draw will be taken out at 1:00 PM on that day.
Rath Sarathi - 1 Adult + 1 Child
Rath left side chair front  - 1 Adult/Child
Rath left side chair back - 1 Adult/Child
Rath right side chair front - 1 Adult/Child
Rath right side chair back - 1 Adult/Child
Chhadidar with colorful umbrella - back - 1 Adult/Child
Ramvan Divo behind Rath in ladies - Family
14 Swapana to 14 ladies - this draw is $101 - 14 Adult/Child
Ghodia Parnu In colorful trolly - Family
Dharavali Karwani in front of Rath - Family
Indra Dhwaja - Family
The following are available through e-boli. Please send in your boli only to Mehulbhai Shah at mehuldshah64@gmail.com and Nitin Ajmera at najmera@hotmail.com by Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 5:00 PM. Nitin will then notify the participants for the opening of the bid by 8:00 PM that day. The higher bolis will then be submitted to Mehulbhai Shah and Nitin Ajmera at above email address by Monday, June 8, 2015 at 10:00 PM. The highest boli will take the laabh. In case, same amount is for boli by 2 family, a draw will be taken out and the laabharthi will be announced on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 5:00 PM
Rath Ma Bhagavan Laine Beswanu : 2 people only, starting boli at $5,001
Bhagavan Parent in 1 open car with umbrella : Family, starting boli at $2,501
Indra Indrani in 1 open car with umbrella : Family, starting boli at $2,501
Bhagavan ne Pokhawanu : Family, starting boli at $2,501
We look forward to your active participation, as we strongly believe that there can be nothing more important than being part of a rath yatra in which our Bhagwaan is the main honor.
Thanks & Regards,
Board of Trustees & Executive Committee
Jain Center of America, NY

Special General Body (GB) Meeting on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Sunday, May 3, 2015
Dear Fellow Members of JCA,
Jai Jinendra!
Jain Center of America, New York invites you to attend the Special General Body (GB) Meeting on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 at 2:00 PM at our Temple, 43-11 Ithaca Street, Elmhurst, NY 11373.
The meeting will commence at 2:00 PM sharp. However, in the absence of a quorum, the meeting will start at 2:30 PM, as per the JCA Constitution.
Recently, a letter was sent to JCA members regarding the Lake Success approval information and details regarding the project (including cost estimates and expected future maintenance costs).
Please review by clicking this letter in detail prior to the meeting.LETTER
The agenda for the Special General Body Meeting is as follows:
•  Prayer
•  Lake Success approval report and details of the project by Chairman
•  Possible decision whether to proceed or not to proceed for the project as it is currently approved
This is a special General Body meeting for the Lake Success Temple Project to discuss the approval of the project and to come to a conclusion for the presently approved project. Please note discussion in this meeting will be strictly limited to the Lake Success project as it is currently approved. No other matters or subjects will be entertained in this meeting.
If you have any specific questions or concerns regarding the Lake Success project and wish to discuss it in the General Body meeting, you must send your questions or concerns in writing and in advance so that they can be discussed properly. These questions or concerns must be sent in writing to the Secretary, Chairman or JCA Manager via fax or e-mail before April 20, 2015.
This is a very important matter for all members. Participation at the meeting is a privilege for and duty of us as members of JCA and, therefore, your attendance at the meeting would be greatly appreciated.
This letter has also been sent via email to members, posted on the JCA website and posted on the JCA notice board.
Regards,
On behalf of JCA Board of Trustees

Jawahar A. Shetti
Chairman

Jain Center of America, NY - Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund Donation

Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Jai Jinendra,
Dear Sadharmik Brothers and Sisters,
Earthquake in Nepal is a major disaster and has caused substantial human casualty and damage. It has affected Kathmandu and nearby regions. We are the followers of Bhagvan Mahavir and practitioners of Jivdaya. We cannot ignore the need and help required by our brothers and sisters in Nepal.
Jain Center of America has collected funds for many disasters and has sent funds to help. Many organizations always send help to disaster areas in the world and many have always helped disasters relief in India.
Jain Center of America NY requests members to send their donation, tax deductible, checks made to Jain Center of America NY for JCA Nepal Earthquake Fund 2015. You can give checks to JCA Manager. Or you can simply go to JCA’s website www.nyjaincenter.org and donate online.
JCA will make sure these funds will be distributed properly and will reach needy people of Nepal.
JCA has pledged $2,001 donation to the Nepal Earthquake fund.
Please send your help whatever you can.JCA NY Earthquake Fund Donation
With Regards,
Jawahar A. Shetti
JCA Chairman

JCA Board of Trustees
JCA Executive Committee

Mahaveer Janma Kalyanak Celebrations on Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Mahaveer Janma Kalyanak Celebrations on Sunday, April 26, 2015

Jai Jinendra!

Dear Sadharmik Brothers and Sisters,

Each year, JCA organizes the Cultural Program to celebrate Mahaveer Bhagwan Janma Kalyanak in which over 1,500 to 2,000 Jains along with their families from around the Tri State area attend to celebrate the religious festivities and cultural programs. We are pleased to have the opportunity to organize this incredible event for all the community to take part in again.

We invite you to participate in our Annual 2015 JCA Mahaveer Jayanti Cultural Program. Please come with family and friends to celebrate this auspicious occasion and our Jain heritage! Please bring the entire family so they can enjoy the beautiful cultural programs performed by our youths.

Date: Sunday, April 26, 2015
Time: Cultural Program Starts at 2:00 pm Sharp
Swamivatsalya: Snacks: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
 
Dinner:  5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Location: Martin Van Buren High School (Hillside, Queens, NY) Map

Please visit JCA Website for additional information. We cordially invite all JCA members with family and friends to support all of our young participants performing in these cultural programs.

Sponsorship Form We request all our members to contribute wholeheartedly to ensure the success of this great tradition. Sponsorship opportunities are available. You can sponsor food, trophies, hall facility, videography etc. Please Click on Sponsorship Form to download form or call JCA Temple for additional info.

 

We are very thankful to everyone who has joined in making Mahaveer Bhagwan Janma Kalyanak program as well as other JCA events so successful with your efforts and generous contributions. We look forward to your support for all JCA's programs throughout the year. With your continued support we are able to celebrate our great Jain traditions as well as pass on our heritage to our future generations.

Please feel free to contact anyone of us or speak with the JCA Manager at 718-478-9141 for any suggestions or to make a contribution towards the success of Mahaveer Bhagwan Janma Kalyanak 2015.

Please visit www.nyjaincenter.org to learn more about JCA’s Latest News, Upcoming Events and much more.

Thank you for your time and support and we look forward to having you at this auspicious event.

With Regards,

Jawahar A. Shetti

JCA Chairman

JCA Board of Trustees

JCA Executive Committee

Diksha Ceremony of Nishaben Kapashi On Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015
Jai Jinendra
Dear Sadharmik Brothers and Sisters,
Many of you have attended the Bahuman celebration for USA born, Diksharthi Nishaben Kapashi at our Jain Center and listened to her tell why and how she has reached this religious decision of taking Diksha. The program went very well, some of you may have missed this once in a lifetime celebration.
JCA has posted this memorable video and photo album on the JCA website, so that you will have chance to watch and listen how Nishaben followed this pious path. I request all our JCA Members to take time out and watch with family and children.
Her family has requested and invited all JCA members to attend this Diksha Ceremony of Nishaben at Tirth Sammetshikharji on January 18, 2015. They will make all arrangements at Sammetshikharji once you arrive. Please click on the link to view the Diksha Patrika from Nishaben's family.
Please view the Diksha Patrika and Bahuman Ceremony Video & Photo Album by clicking the below images.
View Diksha Patrika

View Diksha Patrika
View Bahuman Video

View Bahuman Video
View Bahuman Photo Album

View Bahuman Photo Album
Thanks and Regards
On behalf of Board of Trustees and Executive Committee,
Jawahar A. Shetti
Chairman
Jain Center of America, NY

Jain Center of America Annual General Body Meeting on Sunday, Dec 7, 2014

Sunday, December 7, 2014
Dear Fellow Members of JCA,
Jai Jinendra
Jain Center of America, New York invites you to attend the Annual General Body Meeting on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 2:00 PM at our Temple, 43-11 Ithaca Street, Elmhurst, NY 11373. The alternate date (in case of inclement weather) is Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 2:00 PM at our temple.
The meeting will commence at 2:00 PM sharp. However, in the absence of a quorum, the meeting will start at 2:30 PM, as per the JCA Constitution.
The Agenda for the General Body Meeting is as follows>
•  Prayer
•  Activities of JCA - Reports by Chairman/President
•  Annual Report - Secretary/ Administrator
•  Financial Statements for the year 2013 - CFO/Treasurer
•  Explanation of the budget for 2015 & approval by the General Body - CFO
•  Discussion of the celebration of the Tenth Anniversary of the Temple
•  Lake Success Project approval status report only
•  Any other matter related to JCA (should be approved for discussion by Chair)
If you wish to present any other issues or concerns at the General Body Meeting, please write, fax or e-mail the Secretary, Chairman or JCA Manager before November 30, 2014.
The 2013 JCA financial statements and the 2013 JCA General Body minutes will be available on the JCA website and at the temple from December 1, 2014 onwards. Mr. Manojkumar Mehta, JCA Manager, will show a copy of the accounts or minutes upon request. Please feel free to contact him.
Lunch will be served starting at 12:00 PM in our Bhojanshala.12:00 PM
Participation at the meeting is a privilege and duty of all members of JCA and your attendance at the meeting would be greatly appreciated.
This letter has also been sent via email to members, posted on the JCA website and posted on the JCA notice board.
We look forward to seeing you all at the meeting.
Sincerely,
Robin Shah - Secretary | 917-749-6892 | robin_shah@yahoo.com
Jawahar A. Shetti - Chairman | 201-387-0577 | jayconstruction@yahoo.com
Manojkumar Mehta - Manager | 718-478-9141 | Fax - 718-478-9144 | jcamanager@yahoo.com

Panch Kalyanak Puja on Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sunday, November 30, 2014
Dear Sadharmik Brothers and Sisters,
Jai Jinendra!
In the memory of late Ninaben Shah, devoted JCA Member and Pujari, on her one month Tithi, Prafulbhai Shah & family along with Jain Center of America have organized a Panch Kalyanak Puja on Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 10:30 AM at the Mahavirswami Temple at Jain Center of America, Ithaca Street.
The Vidhikarak is Sureshbhai Doshi and will perform the Panch Kalyanak Puja.
Please be there to pray for the departed soul.
For more details please contact Jain Center of America.
Regards,
Jain Center of America

World Compassion and Jivdaya Day

Sunday, November 23, 2014
Jai Jinendra!
Jain Center of America, Queens, NY (JCA) in collaboration with Young Jain Professionals (YJP) and Young Jains of America (YJA) will celebrate World Compassion Day to discuss and promote Ahimsa and Jain Way of Life and its relevancy in the modern world.
World Compassion Day is to pray for the lives and souls of tens of millions of fellow animals that are slaughtered for Thanksgiving every year. Every Living Being has a Soul and deserves our Compassion and the Right to Live.
World Compassion Day will be held at Jain Centers throughout North America. On this coming Sunday, November 23, 2014 from 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM Jain Center of America along with YJP & YJA will host this 2.5 hour seminar featuring video clips and discussions along with a vegan and Jain lunch. The highlight of the event will be a speech by John DiLeonardo, Humane Society of the United States.
Don't miss this event to learn more about our Jain Way of Life and chance to meet and network with other like minded Young Jains and Jain Professionals.
Agenda
‣  Video Clips & Discussion
‣  Vegan Jain Lunch
‣  Speaker: John Di Leonardo
                   (Humane Society of the United States)
Event Information
‣  Place: Jain Center of America
               Sthanak Hall - 2nd Floor
   Date: Sunday, November 23, 2014
   Time: 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM 
   Lunch: 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM 
   Host: Jain Center of America
             Young Jain Professionals
             Young Jains of America
Click Here To Register>
World Compassion Day - NYC
We look forward to seeing you there!
Jain Center of America
Young Jain Professionals
Young Jains of America
"If a man aspires towards a righteous life, his first act of abstinence is form injury to animals. Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and beauty."
Albert Einstein

"Exploring the Journey of a Soul" with Diksharthi Nishaben Kapashi

Thursday, November 13, 2014
Dear Friends,
Jai Jinendra!
The Jain Center of America, Young Jain Professionals, and Young Jains of America co-hosted a lecture by Diksharthi Nishaben Kapashi in Midtown Manhattan by Rockefeller Center on Sunday, November 9, 2014. She is the first American-born Jain to take Diksha.
Over 275 Young Jains and Young Jain Professionals came from the Tri-State area as well as far away as Chicago, Washington DC, Upstate New York, South New Jersey, Long Island etc. to hear Diksharthi Nishaben speak on her journey from working in the corporate world in New York City to ultimately finding a different path for her own salvation.
The lecture in English was directed at our Young Jains and Jain Professionals from the ages of 14 - 45 on how they can find a balance between the material and the spiritual world, and use this to enrich their lives, their families, and their community.
Diksharthi Nishaben spoke and answered questions for over 2.5 hours and kept the audience of Young Jains engaged on her transformative journey as well as how they can incorporate Jain principles into their daily life. She was joined by her brother Rushabh Kapashi, a graduate of University of Pennsylvania - Wharton Business School, University of Cambridge and Harvard Business School and currently a Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company in New York. He discussed how his sister's decision to take Diksha has impacted his life and how he has turned to Jain principles to guide and balance his business life as a "Wall Street Capitalist" with his spiritual life.
After seeing the tremendous turnout and response from the lecture from the young audience who was enthusiastic and passionate for more events like this, Jain Center of America has committed to co-hosting 3 to 4 of these lectures a year based on Jain Principles with Young Jain Professionals (YJP) and Young Jains of America (YJA) - both organizations under JAINA.
If you were not able to attend this lecture, please take the time to watch it with your children. It is in simple English and is easy to understand. The impact of seeing someone that our children can relate to transformed by Jainism and through this process understanding the importance of Living a Jain Way of Life is the most valuable gift we can pass on to our next generation.
View Video View Photo's
With Regards,

On behalf of Jain Center of America
Board of Trustees and Executive Committee

Jawahar A. Shetti
Chairman


"Exploring the Journey of a Soul" with Diksharthi Nishaben Kapashi

Sunday, November 9, 2014
Dear Friends,
Jai Jinendra
The Jain Center of America, Young Jain Professionals, and Young Jains of America are co-hosting a lecture by Diksharthi Nishaben Kapashi in Midtown Manhattan on Sunday, November 9, 2014. She is the first American-born Jain to take diksha. Come see her speak on her journey from working in the corporate world in NYC to ultimately finding a different path for her own salvation.
The lecture is intended for Young Jains and Jain Professionals from the ages of 14 - 45 on how they can find a balance between the material and the spiritual world, and use this to enrich their lives, their families, and their community. She will be speaking in English for the better understanding of all the attendees.
Topic: "Exploring the Journey of a Soul" with Diksharthi Nishaben Kapashi
Event Location: The Women’s National Club (by Rockefeller Center)

3 West 51st Street, New York, NY - 2nd Floor Ballroom
Event Date: Sunday, November 9, 2014
Jain Snacks: 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Lecture: 4:45 PM - 7:00 PM
Please Note: This event is intended only for Young Jains and Young Jain Professionals between the ages of 14 - 45 years. As there is limited space - first entry preference will be given to them. If there is space available others will be allowed.
We look forward to seeing you at this unique once in a lifetime lecture. For more information, please visit our Facebook Page>.
Brief Bio on Diksharthi Nishaben Kapashi
Nishaben, daughter of Manojbhai and Manjariben Kapashi, was born in USA and raised in Mumbai . She will be taking Diksha on January 18, 2015 at Sammetshikharji. Manojbhai and Manjariben are the members of Jain Center of America, Queens, NY.
At the age of 20 she left Mumbai to study fashion merchandising at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York. She studied for 1 year in Florence, Italy and for 3 years in New York. She then went on to work as a fashion merchandiser for J. Crew. During her college studies and professional life in New York City, Nishabhen attended Swadhyaya lectures at the Jain Center of America. Over time her excitement for the fashion world was soon replaced by a longing for something more meaningful.
She quit her job and travelled to India to where she met Acharyadev’s and Sadhviji’s. Under their enlightened guidance she began to explore, understand and experience Jain religion. And this has ultimately resulted in her firm resolve to take Diksha and follow a different path for the purification of her soul.
Her family has requested and invited all JCA, YJP and YJA members to attend Diksha Ceremony of Nishaben at Tirth Sammetshikharji, India on January 18, 2015. They will make all arrangements at Sammetshikharji once you arrive. Please click on the link to view the Diksha Patrika> from Nishaben's family.