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General Body Meeting on Sunday, December 22, 2013

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Jai Jinendra!

Jain Center of America, New York invites you to attend the Annual General Body Meeting on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 2:00 PM at our Temple, 43-11 Ithaca Street, Elmhurst, N.Y. 11373. The alternate date (in case of inclement weather) is Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 2:00PM 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 2012 - CFO/Treasurer
  • Explanation of the budget for 2014 & approval by the General Body - CFO
  • Lake Success progress report
  • 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, 2013.

The 2012 JCA financial statements and the 2012 JCA General Body minutes will be available on the JCA website and at the temple from December 1, 2013 onwards. 

Lunch will be served starting at 12:00 pm in our Bhojanshala.

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
Tel: 917-749-6892
Email: robin_shah@yahoo.com

Shatrunjaya Ni Bhavya Bhav Yatra on Sunday, November 17, 2013 @ 10.30 AM

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Jai Jinendra!

Jain Center of America is celebrating Shatrunjaya Ni Bhavya Bhav Yatra with music of meditation (Giriraj Chhatrishi) and Pat Darshan on Sunday, November 17th @ 10.30 AM at Sthanak Hall

This year, we are going to have a Ghee Bholi for SANGHPATI for Bhav Yatra. Sanghpati will get the privilege to lead  Sakal Sangh for entire Bhavyatra starting from Jay Taleti. We Invite Sakal Sangh to take Dharma Laabh by joining the Bhav Yatra celebration and by participating in a Ghee Boli for Sanghpati.

"GIRIRAJ! VANDI VINAVU MUJ PAPNE SALGAVJE"

Bhav Yatra starts from Jap Taleti on the foothills of Shatrunjaya and ends on the other side at a place known as Siddhavad. The name, Siddhavad, is after a Banyan tree and it is said thousands of Jains have achieved the final stage of life-death cycle, Nirvana or salvation and become free from the bondage of Karma.

The Bhav Yatra covers all Jain temples in Palitana. Siddhavad is near Adipur, known as the birth place Lord Adinath the first Thirthankar. It is believed that every Jain should visit Palitana at least once in his lifetime to get "Bhavya" status (fit to attain nirvana or salvation). There are a total of 1250 temples located on the Shatrunjaya hills, exquisitely carved in marble. The main temple on top of the hill, is dedicated to 1st Tirthankar, Lord Adinath (Rishabdeva). This year, the auspicious day of Kartaki Purnima is on same day of November 17th, 2013.

Thanks & Regards
Jain Center of America

Events on Chaumasi Chaudas & Poonam (Weekend)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Jai Jinendra!

Following programs are scheduled at the Jain Center of America:

Kartak Sud 14 Chaumasi Chaudas  - Saturday, November 16, 2013:

  • Devvandan @ 2.30 PM at Sthanak Hall
  • Chaumasi Pakkhi Pratikraman @ 6.30 PM at Library        

Kartak Sud 15 Kartaki Poonam - Sunday, November 17, 2013:

  • Adinath Jinalay weekly Puja @ 10:00 AM at Adinath Jinalay
  • Dadawadi Puja @ 9:30 AM at Dadawadi Temple
  • Shree Shatrunjay Bhavyatra & Patdarshan @ 10.30 AM at Sthanak Hall
  • Shrimad Satsang @ 1.00 PM at Shrimad Hall
  • Sthanak Chaumasi Pakkhi Pratikraman @ 6.30 PM at Sthanak Hall

A sincere request for all our members to participate and have Dharam Labh.

Bhojanshala Sponsors
Tithi-Shrimad Satsang-Dadawadi Puja

Name of Sponsors Date Occasion
Rasikbhai & Kalpanaben Sanghavi Nov 17, 2013 Punya Tithi-Urmilaben R Sanghavi
Ek Sadgrahsta Nov 17,  2013 Shrimad Satsang
Naveenji & Babitaji Lodha Nov 17, 2013 Dadawadi Puja
Surendraji Jain & Miteshji Jain Nov 17, 2013 Dadawadi Puja

JCA Tithi Sponsorship:

  • Every Sunday since 2006, JCA has joyfully served food to all Sadharmiks without any charge.
  • You can support this tradition by donating $251 for a Tithi, which could be for any occasion you wish.
  • You can also sign up to volunteer time in kitchen will help JCA to serve better.

Thanks & Regards
Jain Center of America

Sthanak Upashray – “Saamayik” Schedule for November & December 2013

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Jai Jinendra

** "Saamayik" Schedule for November & December 2013  **

At JCA, 2nd Floor, Sthanak Hall.

 

~~ "SAAMUHIK SAAMAYIK" ~~

Sunday, November 10th 2013

from 10:30 AM To 12:00 PM

Swamivatsalya Tithi Sponsors:

1) Ek Sadharmik Family

2) Anuji & Savitaji Hirawat

3) Dakshaben Doshi (Punaytithi-Mother Nirmalaben Shantibhai Variya)

 

~~ Kartik Sud Choumasi Pakkhi Pratikraman ~~

Sunday, November 17th 2013  

from 6:30 PM

At JCA, 2nd Floor, Sthanak Hall

 

~~ "Saamuhik Saamayik" ~~

*** Children's Special ***

Sunday, December 8th 2013

from 10:30 AM To 12:00 PM

 

Please Come with Your Children and Encourage them to take

Active Part in Saamayik by Speaking something

related to Jainism or Sing Bhajans.

For Further Information, Please Call:

Sunil Daga – 917-513-4437, Shweta Kothari – 646-725-5022

Ulka Kothari – 516-314-7517, Hasmukh Parikh – 646-996-9365

~ All are Requested to Attend and have Dharam Labh ~

Upcoming Events November 2013

Monday, November 4, 2013

Jai Jinendra!

Following programs are scheduled at the Jain Center of America:

Kartak Sud 5 - Gyan Pancham - Thursday, November 7, 2013:

  • Gyan Puja & Devvandan@ 2:00 PM at Sthanak Hall

Kartak Sud 8 Atham - Sunday, November 10, 2013:

  • Adinath Jinalay Weekly Puja @ 10:00 AM at Adinath Jinalay
  • Samuhik Saamayik @ 10:30 AM at Sthanak Hall

Kartak Sud 14 Chaumasi Chaudas - Saturday, November 16, 2013:

  • Devvandan @ 2.30 PM at Sthanak Hall
  • Chaumasi Pakkhi Pratikraman @ 6.00 PM at Library

Kartak Sud 15 Kartaki Poonam - Sunday, November 17, 2013:

  • Adinath Jinalay weekly Puja @ 10:00 AM at Adinath Jinalay
  • Dadawadi Puja @ 9:30 AM at Dadawadi Temple
  • Shree Shatrunjay Bhavyatra @ 10.00 AM at Sthanak Hall
  • Shrimad Satsang@ 1.00 PM at Shrimad Hall
  • Sthanak Chaumasi Pakkhi Pratikraman @ 6.30 PM at Sthanak Hall

Kartak Vad 6 - Sunday, November 24, 2013:

  • Adinath Jinalaya Weekly Puja @ 10:00 AM at Adinath Jinalaya

A sincere request for all our members to participate and have Dharam Labh.

Thanks & Regards
Jain Center of America

Deepawali & New Year Festival at JCA on Sunday, November 3, 2013

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Jai Jinendra!

Happy Deepawali and a Prosperous New Year.

Following programs are scheduled at the temple to celebrate Deepawali Festival

Click here to View Newsletter for more details.

Dhanteras Day - Friday, November 1, 2013:

  • Snatra Puja @ 10:30 AM
  • Dhanteras Choghadiu starts @ 7:35 AM - please refer to Newsletter for additional details.

Kalichaudas Day - Saturday, November 2, 2013

  • Snatra Puja followed by Laksmi Pujan starting 10 AM (2nd Floor)
    • Nakro for Snatra Puja, $51- (5 sponsors and no more than four members per family)
    • Nakro for Laxmi Pujan, $101- (5 sponsors and no more than four members per family)>
  • 12 hrs Akhand Jaap starts @ 7:00 PM at (2nd Floor) - please participate and give your names to JCA Manager with available time slot.
  • Chaudas Pakkhi Pratikraman starts @ 7:00 PM at (3rd Floor)

Deepawali Day - Sunday, November 3, 2013

  • Snatra Puja followed by Gautamswami Pujan starting 10 AM (2nd Floor)
    • Nakro for Snatra Puja, $101 - (5 sponsors and no more than four members per family), Nakro for Gautamswami Pujan, $151 - (5 sponsors and no more than four members per family)

Maximum 60 families can participate in Laxmi Pujan and Gautamswami Pujan on Laminated photos for $21 (on first come first serve basis, Please give your names to Manojbhai, JCA office)

  • Chopdapoojan Choghadiu starts @ 7:51AM - please refer to Newsletter for additional detail
  • Nirvaan Ladoo Puja starts @ 9:00 AM at (3rd Floor)

New Year Day - Monday, November 4, 2013

  • Pakshal Puja @ 6:30 AM (2nd Floor)
  • Navsmaran and Manglik@ 7:30 AM (2nd Floor)

Please give your names for the lucky draw for the first Puja at the Manager's office in the morning in person. Lucky draw for first Puja will be done after Manglik at Upashraya, 2nd floor. 5 Families can take labh for Snatra Puja. Nakro is $101.00 per family

  • Navakarshi @ 9:00 AM (4th Floor)  

Navkarshi sponsored by Ek Sadgrahsta & Abhaybhai-Ulkaben Kothari.

  • Nirvaan Ladoo Puja @ 6:30 AM at Dadawadi (4th Floor)

Please refer to the 2013 JCADeepawali Newsletterfor more details.

Tithi-Sponsors

Name of Sponsors Date Occasion
Mihir Shah & Surabhi Parakh Shah Nov 02, 2013 Memory of Gautamchand Parakh Father - Surabhi Parakh (Mihir Shah)
Pankaj & Dipti Jain Nov 03, 2013 Birthday-Son Adi Jain

A sincere request for all members to attend and participate in Deepawali programs.

Thanks & Regards
Jain Center of America

Sanskar 2013 - Thanks to All Our Supporters

Friday, November 1, 2013

Jai Jinendra!

Jain Center of America would sincerely like to acknowledge and thank all our supporters for their generous donation for Sanskar 2013.

GRAND SPONSORS:

Yogesh Kumar & Dipti Ben Shah - $5,000
Amit & Bhavna Shah - $5,000
Vijaydev Mistry Foundation Inc. - $3,000
Ashok & Nirmala Sancheti - $3,000

PLATINUM SPONSOR: $2,000

Anu & Anand Jain
Hansa & Padam Kala
Kamini & Robin Shah
Kasliwal Family
Kavita & Bhupendra Mookim
Kushal Sacheti
Mirdula & Kumarpal Shah
Mita & Mehul Shah
Neena & Sunil Jain
Padma & Jawahar Shetti
Pandya Family
Purvi & Sandeep Shah
Ritu & Vicky Tongya
Shilpa & Sanjay Kothari
Soignee & Rajiv Kothari
Sweta & Paresh Jain
Twinkle & Nimesh Shah

DIAMOND SPONSOR: $1,000

Alpana & Alok Jain
Anshu & Vinit Sethi
Beena & Navneet Kothari
Bina & Cherryl Shah
Chandra & K.K. Mehta
Deepti & Pankaj Jain
Hemchand Bardia
Ketki & Pranav Shah
Nalini & Ashok Jain
Neeta & Pramod Jain
Nina & Salil Manilal
Preeti & Parag Vora
Rajul & Alok Mehta
Prachi & Chinmay Jain
Rishita & Sarju Shah
Ritu & Ashish Ajmera
Rupa & Shrenik Doshi
Sampurna & Yasvant Jain
Savita & Dharmendra Hirawat
Shanu & Basant Jain
Shefali & Nitin Ajmera
Sunil Doshi & Vipul Shah
Sunita & Rajesh Shah
Surbhi & Vineet Pandya
Suresha J Mehta
Shakuntala & D.C. Hirawat
Meenaxi & Heemansu Shah
Frank Minerva

We also thank all our coordinators and volunteers for all the hard work they put in making this a memorable program. Special thanks to all members who joined in for the event, your presence made it to be grand success.

Thanks & Regards
Jain Center of America

Upcoming Events & Bhojanshala Sponsors (Sunday, October 27, 2013)

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Jai Jinendra!

Following programs are scheduled at the Jain Center of America:

Asho Vad Atham (8) - Sunday, October 27, 2013:

  • Adinath Jinalaya WeeklyPuja  @ 10:00 AM at Adinath Jinalaya 
  • Dadawadi Monthly Puja   
    • Snatra Puja @ 8:30 AM at Mahavir Swami Temple  
    •  Puja  @ 9:30 AM at Dadawadi Temple

A sincere request for all our members to participate and have Dharam Labh.

Bhojanshala Sponsors
Tithi-Dadawadi Puja

Name of Sponsors Date Occasion
Shri Anand & Anu Jain Sept 30, 2013 Birthday-Anand Jain
Shri Mehul-Mita Shah
Shri Mayur-Payal  Shah
Oct 02, 2013 Birthday-Payal M Shah
Shri Dilip & Priti Jain Oct 12, 2013 Wedding Anniversary-Dilip & Priti Jain
Shri Anand & Anu Jain Oct 16, 2013 Birthday-Alok Jain
Shri Shailesh Khona Oct 16, 2013 Birthday-Shailesh Khona
Shri Mehul-Mita Shah
Shri Mayur-Payal  Shah
Oct 17, 2013 Birthday-Saunak M Shah
Shri Mahendrakumar Shah Oct 23, 2013 Birthday-Aditi Shah
Shri Ashokji & Nirmalaji Sancheti Oct 27, 2013 Dadawadi Puja
Shri Sunilji & Kalpanaji Jain Oct 27, 2013 Dadawadi Puja
Shri Ajayji & Amitaji Jarchur Oct 27, 2013 Dadawadi Puja

JCA Tithi Sponsorship:

  • Every Sunday since 2006, JCA has joyfully served food to all Sadharmiks without any charge.
  • You can support this tradition by donating $251 for a Tithi, which could be for any occasion you wish.
  • You can also sign up to volunteer time in kitchen will help JCA to serve better.

Thanks & Regards
Jain Center of America

Sanskar 2013 - JCA Fundraising Program on Sunday, October 20, 2013

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Jai Jinendra!

Jain Center of America (JCA) presents Sanskar 2013 on October 20, 2013.

"A delicate & dynamic display of Indian Classical dance form that represents India's artistic heritage"

Venue:
Queensboro Performing Arts Center (QPAC)
222-05, 56th Avenue, Bayside, NY 11364

Limited tickets still available !!
Please contact Nilesh Shah @ (201)936-5237
Click here for more details.

We look forward to seeing you all at the event.

Thanks & Regards
Jain Center of America

Jain Centers of America organizes Jain Academic Lecture Series at Shri Siddhachalam Jain Tirth From Friday, June 28, 2013

Friday, June 28, 2013

Jain Center of America (JCA) recently hosted an intensive three day JAIN Academic Lecture Series at Shri Siddhachalam Jain Tirth from Friday - June 28, 2013 to Sunday - June 30, 2013 . There were more than 65 participants of all age groups for this academic lecture series and it was a wonderful, one of a kind learning opportunity for both young adults and parents to learn about the core tenets of this great philosophy.

This biennial event started in 1981 has become a unique socio-religious event for the entire Jain community of North America. Our Jain Monks, Bhattaraks, Scholars, and Dignitaries from all over graced the occasion. The 17th JAINA Biennial Convention will take place in Novi, MI - a suburb of Detroit in Partnership with Jain Society of Greater Detroit in July 2013. The Theme for the 2013 Convention is “Jainism - The Global Impact”. All the Jains are requested to mark their calendars from July 4 - 7, 2013.

The topics of study had been thoughtfully chosen to dive deeply and clarify many common questions about Jain philosophy with simultaneous sessions in English & Hindi.

The English Sessions were led by Jeffery D. Long, Professor of Religion and Asian Studies at Elizabethtown College, in Pennsylvania. Prof. Long received his Ph.D. in the philosophy of religions from the University of Chicago Divinity School in the year 2000. His Ph.D. thesis was on Plurality and Relativity – the Jain Principle of Anekantavad. He is also the author of one of the top selling books on Jainism on Amazon.com - Jainism: An Introduction. He recently delivered the Keynote Address at "Jain Anekantvad and Pluralism Across the Dharma Traditions: A Panel Discussion" held at Claremont Lincoln University, CA.
The Hindi Sessions were conducted by Pandit Mahesh Kumar, who was Head Lecturer at Shri Jain Shraman Sanskriti Sansthan, Jaipur, India. Panditji has conducted several similar sessions in cities across India, in Thailand, as well as many cities in the USA including New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, Boston and the 2013 JAINA Convention in Detroit.

Both scholars discussed the following three topics in detail which are some of the most central concepts of Jainism. Detailed lecture materials in binders were provided to the attendees.

a)     Karma and Its Importance in the Jain Path

b)    Anekantavad - The Jain Philosophy of the Diversity of Worldviews

c)     Living a Jain Way of Life in today’s world