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Bhagwan Mahavir Janma Kalyanak Celebration 2017 - Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017
Jai Jinendra,
Dear Sadharmik Brothers and Sisters,
We are pleased to inform you, that this year we will be celebrating Bhagwan Mahavir Janma Mahotsav cultural program on the actual day of the festival. Please save the date and venue as follows and join the Sangh celebration.
Date: Sunday, April 2, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM Onwards
Location: John Bowne High School (63-25 Main St, Flushing, NY 11367) Map
Mahavir Janma Kalyanak Celebrations and Cultural Program
Date: Sunday, April 9, 2017
Time: Cultural Program Starts at 1:30 PM Sharp
Swamivatsalya: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: John Bowne High School (63-25 Main St, Flushing, NY 11367) Map
Please click here to register yourself and your family members for Swamivatsalya so JCA can make proper food arrangements >> Registration
Please Click here to download Sponsorship Form or call JCA Temple for additional info >> Sponsorship Form
Please click here for the link to Participation Form >> Participation Form
You can also print and submit hard copy of the Participation Form at the JCA office.
We cordially invite all JCA members with family and friends to support all of our young participants performing in these cultural programs.
Please note that all the the participants or their families should be registered members (life or yearly) of JCA. Please visit JCA Website for additional information.
We request all our members to wholeheartedly contribute to ensure the continuing success of this great tradition. Sponsorship opportunities are available. You can sponsor food, trophies, hall facility, videography/photography, audio/DJ, rehearsal and other expenses.
Please contact JCA Manager at 718-478-9141 or anyone from EC or BOT for sponsorships or any other suggestion towards the success of Mahavir Bhagwan Janma Kalyanak 2017.
With Regards,
JCA Board of Trustees
JCA Executive Committee

Bhagwan Mahavir Janma Kalyanak Celebration 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Jai Jinendra,
Dear Sadharmik Brothers and Sisters,
Bhagwan Mahavir Janma Kalyanak Mahotsav 2017 is planned to be celebrated in the month of April 2017. Continuing with our tradition, we are looking forward to bring to you this celebration with devotion and cultural program from our younger generation. Please find below the link of the participation form for the same. Kindly fill this and submit the same, latest by February 28, 2017. This will allow us to plan for the event and give enough practice to the participants to put up a great performance.
We look forward to active participation as in the past and request that you come and celebrate this great event with all of us.
Please click here for the link to Participation Form >> Register
Please view the JCA NY 2016 - Mahavir Janma Kalyanak Celebrations Video & Photo Album by clicking the below images.
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Thank you all for your support.
Board of Trustees & Executive Committee
Jain Center of America, NY

JCA Annual General Body Meeting on Sunday, December 11, 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Dear Fellow Members of JCA,

Jai Jinendra

We are re-scheduling the Annual General Body Meeting to Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 2:00 PM at our Temple, 43-11 Ithaca Street, Elmhurst NY 11373. Our goal is to ensure as many members of our community can attend, and as such, this is the reason for rescheduling our meeting. The alternate date (in case of inclement weather) is Sunday, December 18, 2016 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 2015 - CFO/Treasurer
• Explanation of the budget for 2017 & approval by the General Body - CFO
• Any other matter related to JCA (should be approved for discussion by Chair)

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

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, 2016.

The 2015 JCA financial statements and the 2015 JCA General Body minutes will be available on the JCA website and at the temple from December 1, 2016 onwards. Mr. Manojkumar Mehta, JCA Manager, will show a copy of the accounts or minutes upon request. Please feel free to contact him.

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.


Apurva Shah, Secretary

Apurva Shah - Secretary | 646- 420-9642 | apurva.shah1@gmail.com
Mehul Shah - Chairman | 917-864-0904 | mehldshah64@gmail.com
Manojkumar Mehta - Manager | 718-478-9141 | Fax - 718-478-9144 | jcamanager@yahoo.com

JCA Celebrates 2016 Deepawali Festival

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Jai Jinendra!
Dear Sadharmik Brothers and Sisters,
Wish you Happy Deepawali and a Prosperous New Year.
Jain Center of America will be celebrating our 2016 Deepawali Festival from Saturday October 29, Sunday October 30, and Monday October 31, 2016.
Deepawali has a very special significance in our Jain religion - on this day Bhagwan Mahaveer, our 24th Jain Tirthankar, attained Nirvan or Moksh at Pavapuri and the following day, his chief disciple Ganadhara Gautam Swami attained Kevalgyan, which begins our Jain New Year - Veer Samvat 2543.
For 2016, Deepawali festival, JCA has scheduled following programs at the temple:
Kalichaudas Day - Saturday, October 29, 2016
24 hrs Akhand Jaap - Starts @ 8:00 AM on Saturday, October 29th, 2016
(2nd Floor)
Ends @ 8:00 AM on Sunday, October 30th, 2016
(Please participate and give your names to JCA Manager with available time slot.)
Chaudas Pakkhi Pratikraman - Starts @ 6:00 PM (3rd Floor)
Deepawali Day - Sunday, October 30, 2016
Snatra Puja & Guatam Swami Pujan - @ 8:30 AM (2nd Floor)
Nakro for Snatra Puja - $51
(5 families can participate, only 2 members will be allowed per family)
    Followed by Gautam Swami Pujan - $51 per Pujan
(Need 24 sponsors for different 24 Pujan's, 5 families can participate per Pujan and only 2 members will be allowed per family) Gautam Swami Pujan will be performed by Shri Sureshbhai Doshi.
Shri Adinath Jinalay Nirvaan Ladoo Puja - Starts @ 9:30 AM (3rd Floor)
Murti Abhishek, Puja, Nirvaan Laadu & Aarti followed by Swamivatsalya
Deepawali Swamivatsalya Sponsorship is $501, needs minimum 6 sponsors.
New Year Day - Monday, October 31, 2016
JCA Dwaar opening by Nakro - @ 6:00 - 6:15 AM
Main Dwaar - $501
Mahavir Swami Temple - $251
Sthanak Hall - $251
Adinath Temple - $251
Shrimad Hall - $251
Dadawadi Temple - $251
    Note: Maximum 3 families can participate, and requested to be on time at 6:00 AM.
Prakshal Puja - @ 6:30 AM (2nd Floor)
Dadawadi Nirvaan Ladoo Puja - Starts @ 6:30 AM (2nd Floor)
Ladoo offering ceremony followed by Gautam Raas and Shatrunjay Raas.
New Year Navsmaran and Manglik - @ 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM (2nd Floor Upashray)
First New Year Puja - @ 9:00 AM
Lucky draw for first Puja will be done after Manglik at Upashraya, 2nd floor.
(Please give your names for the lucky draw for the first Puja, at the JCA office. 3 Bhagyashali Parivaar will be able to take the laabh of first Puja.)
* Puja clothes is a MUST to take part in the First Puja.
New Year Snatra Puja - @ 9:30 AM
Nakro is $101 per family
(5 Families can take laabh for Snatra Puja and no more than 4 members per family).
Navakarshi - @ 9:00 AM (4th Floor)
Please contact JCA Office to sponsor Navakarshi and Swamivatsalya on the first day of the New Year.
Future Events:
Gyan Pancham - Saturday, November 5th, 2016
Gyan Puja at 2nd floor Upashray, followed by Ekashna at 4th floor Bhojanshala. Ekasana Sponsorship - $251
Navkar Mahamantra Poojan - Sunday, November 6th, 2016
Chomasi Chaudas - Sunday, November 13th, 2016
Patt Darshan and Bhaav Yaatra followed by Ekasana.
Ekasana Sponsorship - $251
(This year Kartikeya Purnima is falling on Monday, therefore Patt Darshan and Bhaavyatra will be organized on Sunday).
Kartikeya Purnima Day - Monday, November 14th, 2016
108 Parasnath Poojan - Sunday December 4th, 2016
We look forward to the participation of Sakal Sangh.
Thanks and Regards,
Jain Center of America, NY

JCA NY Pathshala Classes Registration

Friday, October 7, 2016

JCA NY Chaitya Paripati to Toronto, Canada

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Jai Jinendra,

Dear Sadharmik Brothers and Sisters,

We are happy to inform you that this year we have planned following for Chaitya Paripati:

Date & Time:         
Saturday, October 1st, 6:00 AM to Sunday October 2nd night

Toronto (Canada), Buffalo (NY, USA)

Our final destination is Jain Society of Toronto, Canada via Buffalo

Fine print:

1. Since this trip is travelling to Canada and coming back to USA - a valid US passport, valid Green Card or a multiple entry US and Canada visa is required.

2. Before committing to the trip, kindly ensure you fulfill the documentation requirements and submit copies of your documents along with the Chaitya Paripati registration form.

3. Original documents and their validity will be checked at the time of commencement of the trip.

We request your cooperation and understanding in the matter for a hassle free and enjoyable trip with Sakal Sangh.

More details and forms will be send out to all the members in email. Forms will also be available at JCA office during Paryushan Parva.

We look forward to the participation of Sakal Sangh.

Thanks & Regards,

Board of Trustees & Executive Committee

Jain Center of America, NY


Shree Jirawala Parshvanath Pratishtha Maha Kumbh Arrival, Sangh Visit & Samuhik Samayik

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

JCA NY 2016 Paryushan & Das Lakshana Maha Parv - Newsletter

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

JCA NY 2016 - Paryushan & Das Lakshana Maha Parv

Monday, August 8, 2016

Jai Jinendra,

Dear Sadharmik Brothers and Sisters,

It is with great pleasure we would like to welcome all of you to Paryushan Maha Parv and Das Lakshana 2016. It is one of the most important days for us all Jains, and as always in the past, we seek your active participation in the events and taking Dharam Laabh.

A detailed flyer will reach to you shortly, but here are a few highlights of the events and the dates, for you to mark your calendar and make these events a grand success.

Monday, August 29, 2016         
Paryushan Mahaparv Starts

Saturday, September 3, 2016          
Swapna Darshan and Mahavir Janma - Queens College - 2:00 PM Sharp

Monday, September 5, 2016            

Tuesday, September 6, 2016           
Samuh Parna

Tuesday, September 6, 2016           
Das Lakshana Parva Starts

Thursday, September 15, 2016       
Anant Chaturdashi - Kshamapana - Das Lakshan Parva

To Be Announced         Samuh Sanji (Tapsvi Bahumman) 
 To Be Announced                          
Chaitya Paripati - 2016 

These holy days will be graced under the auspicious presence and guidance of Pujya Gurudev Shri Manak Muniji and three scholars Shri Pravinbhaiji Sanghavi, Shri Fulchandji Shastri and Pandit Mahesh Kumarji Jain.

Pujya Gurudev Shri Manak Muniji Maharaj: Pujya Gurudev Shri Manak Muniji Maharaj is a great Sadhak, philosopher and orator. Muniji took Diksha, from the renowned Acharya Shri Tulsi ji Maharaj at the young age of 14. After taking Diksha, Muniji immersed himself in studying Jain philosophy and scriptures. A great scholar of Jainism, Muniji also had a profound understanding of the essence of Hinduism and Buddhism. Muniji is particularly versed in Dhyan-Sadhana (meditation) and travels regularly all over India, Asia, USA and Europe to spread Jainism and it's teachings.

Shri. Pravinbhai J. Sanghavi: He hails from Walkeshwar, Mumbai. He had his Dharmik education for 6 years of complete course at Mehsana Pathsala with 5 Pratikaman, 9 Smaran, 4 Prakran, 3 Bhashya, 6 Karmagranth, Panchsangrah, Kshetra Samas, BrihadSanrahani, Tatwarth with Arth. He has experience of 30 Years of teaching as Dharmik teacher - 11 Years at Babu Amichand Panalal Adishwar Jain Temple and 9 Years at Shripal Nagar Jain Temple in Walkeshwar, Mumbai. Book written by Pravinbhai - Sutrarthsar Aatma Uddhar (2 Pratikraman Arth). Pravinbhai has done Paryushan Aradhana at various places including Japan, Singapore, Houston and New York (USA), Dubai, Bangkok (Thailand) & Israel.

Shri Fulchandji Shashtri: Fulchandji is the founder of Adhyatmik Sadhana Kendra, Umarala, Bhavnagar district of Gujarat (India) – a non-profit organization involved in charitable, medical, educational, religious and social activities for keen learners and the under privileged group. To fulfill Shrimad Rajchandra’s dream he has initiated ‘The Atma Siddhi Shastra Mission’ to preach and preserve this ultimate spiritual guide in 142 countries with 415 languages translations and establish it at 1,00,000 centers across the globe by Guruji’s 150th birth anniversary on November 4, 2017. He is a visionary writer who has penned more than 35 books on Humanity, Spirituality, Truth, Non-Violence, Vegetarianism and the preaching of Omniscient God and how these could be used to live a life with Soul awareness. He is fluent in 18 national and international languages and has travelled to more than 53 countries to spread message of non-violence and vegetarianism.

Pandit Mahesh Kumar Jain: Pandit Mahesh Kumar Jain is a renowned scholar who has studied and taught various religious scriptures including: Tatvartha Sutra, Sarvarth Sidhi, Karma Kand, Ratnakarand Shravakachar, Samayasaar, etc. He has studied and done in-depth analysis of Karnanuyoga. He was the head Lecturer in the Shri Jain Shraman Sanskriti Sansthan in Jaipur, India. Pt. Mahesh Kumarji has over thirteen years of teaching experience. He has taught in various colleges including ones in Jaipur and Madhya Pradesh. He has given lectures and conducted workshops at various places in India and USA.

Thank you all for your support and look forward to seeing all of you.

Thanks & Regards,

Board of Trustees & Executive Committee

Jain Center of America, NY

JCA NY 2016 - Temple Pratishtha Anniversary Celebration

Monday, June 13, 2016

Jai Jinendra,

Dear Sadharmik Brothers and Sisters,

It is with great pleasure we would like to invite you to the 11th Pratishtha Anniversary of our temple and 6th Pratishtha Anniversary of our Ashtapad Tirth. Please come and join us - so we can do prabhavna of our Bhagwan, spread the principle of Ahimsa and Anekantvada.

Temple and Ashtapadji Anniversary Events

Saturday, June 11, 2016 - Jeth Sud 7 (Satam)

5:00 PM to 6:30 PM - Swamivatsalya at Bhojanshala (4th Fl)

7:00 PM to 10:00 PM - Bhakti Bhavna at Mahavirswami temple (2nd Fl).

Sunday, June 12, 2016 - Jeth Sud 8 (Atham)

Sthanak Hall (2nd Fl)

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM - Samayik and Arihant Vandanvali (Discourses by Pujya Manak Muniji Maharaj Saheb)

Ashtapadji (4th Fl)

10:30 AM to 1:00 PM - Ashtaprakari Pooja by Shri Nayanbhai Sanghvi, followed by installation of the Gold Chattra, Diamond Studded Gold Flower & Gold Bhamandal on all 24 Tirthankars Murtis. Please see a separate email with more detail for Boli, Nakro and LuckyDraw.

12:30 PM to 3:30 PM - Swamivatsalya at Elmhurst Hall.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - Jeth Sud 10 (Dasham)

Adinath Temple (3rd Fl) (Under the guidance of Pandit Khemchandji Jain)

9:30 AM to 10:00 AM - Abhishek & Shantidhara

10:00 AM to 12:30 PM - Shri Panch Parmesthi Mandal Vidhan

12:30 PM to 1:00 PM - Visarjan & Aarti

1:00 PM onwards - Swamivatsalya at Bhojanshala (4th Fl)

Saturday, June 18, 2016 - Jeth Sud 13 (Teras)

Mahavirswami Temple (2nd Fl)

10:30 AM to 12:30 PM - Adhar (18) Abhishek under the guidance of Shri Nayanbhai Sanghvi

Dadawadi Temple (4th Fl)

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM - Adhar (18) Abhishek under the guidance of Shri Yashvantji Golecha

12:00 PM to 2:30PM - Swamivatsalya at Elmhurst Hall

Sunday, June 19, 2016 - Jeth Sud 14 (Chaudas)

Mahavirswami Temple (2nd Fl)

10:00 AM to 1:00 PM - Sattarbhedi Pooja (NEW DHWAJA : 12:39 PM SHARP) under the guidance of Shri Nayanbhai Sanghvi

Dadawadi Temple (4th Fl)

9:30 AM to 1:15 PM - Anniversary Pooja (NEW DHWAJA : 12:39 PM SHARP) under the guidance of Shri Yashvantji Golecha

Shrimad Hall (3rd Fl)

2:00 PM to 2:30 PM - Bhakti

2:30 PM to 4:30 PM - Swadhyaya Satsang with Shri Fulchandji Shastriji followed by Aarti.

12:30 PM- 3:00 PM - Swamivatsalya at Elmhurst Hall

Looking forward to seeing you all and please participate in full spirit with all Tan, Man and Dhan.

Thanks & Regards,
Board of Trustees & Executive Committee
Jain Center of America, NY