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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

Mahaveer Janma Kalyanak Celebrations on Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Jai Jinendra,

Dear Sadharmik Brothers and Sisters,

Each year, JCA organizes the Cultural Program to celebrate Mahaveer Bhagwan Janma Kalyanak in which over 1,000 to 1,500 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 2016 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, May 1, 2016
Time: Cultural Program Starts at 2:30 PM Sharp
Swamivatsalya: 5:30 PM  - 7:00 PM
Location: John Bowne High School (63-25 Main St, Flushing, NY 11367) 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.

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 below green button to download Sponsorship Form or call JCA Temple for additional info.

Sponsorship Form

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 2016.

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

Please see below schedule of future events:

May 9:
Akshay Tritya
May 14 - 15: 24 Hour Namokaar Mantra Jaap
June 11: Evening - Bhakti
June 12: 9:30 AM to 11.30 AM - Sthanak Celebrations
June 12: 11.00 AM onwards - Ashtapad celebrations
June 15: Adinath Jinalaya Celebrations
June 18: Adhar Abhishek - 4th floor of Dada Gurudev
June 19: Adhar Abhishek on 2nd floor and Dhwaja
June 19: Dada Gurudev Pooja & Dhwaja on 4th Floor
June 19: Youth Led Sunday Pooja in Adinath Jinalaya

Also, Payurshana days are as follows:

Aug 29 - Sep 5:
Payurshana days
Sep 3: Swapna Darshan
Sep 5: Samvatsari
Sep 6: Parna & Tapasvi Bahuman
Sep 6 - Sep 15: Das Lakshan Parva
Sep 16: Parna & Tapasvi Bahuman
Sep 24 - 25: Chaitya Paripati

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

With Regards,
JCA Board of Trustees
JCA Executive Committee

JCA Election Announcement - Forms - Deadline March 1, 2016

Sunday, February 7, 2016
Jai Jinendra,

Dear Sadharmik Brothers and Sisters,
The Election Committee is announcing the Election process for the 2016 to 2019 term. All members who are interested in contesting must complete the (2) two attached forms (Certification of Nomination and Nomination Form) and submit them together. Please review the eligibility and requirements before submitting the completed forms.

This letter and forms has been emailed to the members whose email addresses are on file with JCA on December 21st, 2015 and again on January 20th, 2016, then final reminder sent on February 2nd, 2016, but due to not enough responses and might be many members are out so give them chance to fill up the forms, election committee has decided to extend the deadline until March 1st, 2016Additional forms will also be available at the Temple as well as at the JCA web site nyjaincenter.org to download and print.
JCA Election Form
As per the constitution of Jain Center of America, and the decision of Board of Trustees, nominations for the following positions are invited for the period from July 1st 2016 to December 31st 2019.
Board of Trustees from Benefactor Members (5) Five positions by selection
Board of Trustees from Patron Members (5) Five positions by selection
Executive Committee (13) Thirteen positions by election
Board of Trustees from General Membership (3) Three positions by election

This letter is an official notice of invitation of nominations from the members to contest the upcoming election.

The date, time and place for the election and selection are as follows:
Date: Sunday, April 10th 2016
Time: 11:00 AM to 04:00 PM
Place: Jain Center of America, 43-11 Ithaca Street, Elmhurst, NY 11373
Note: Positions for Board of Trustees from Benefactor and Patron members will be allotted through a selection process, and the election by voting process will be followed for all other positions.

All Nomination forms and Certification of Nomination forms fully completed and signed, must be mailed to the address below, no later than post mark date March 1st, 2016. Any nomination received which is postmarked with a date later than the above date will be considered invalid.

Election Committee will not be responsible for any loss of nomination forms in mail. It is recommended that all Nomination form and Certification of Nomination form are sent by certified mail. Personal or Hand delivery to anyone, anywhere is not acceptable.
All Forms should be mailed to:
Dr. Chandravadan Shah, Election Commissioner,
75 Ridge Rd., Searingtown, NY 11507

Following are some of the Election Guidelines based on the Constitution:
  1. All voting members eligible to be a Nominator to nominate a nominee must at least (21) year of age.
  2. Members over age 21 & in good standing shall have the right to vote. Both the spouses are eligible to vote in person per each valid membership.
  3. Anyone under the age of 21 is not eligible to vote, & children over 21 years have to be members in their own capacity, which would give them their own right to vote based on their own membership number.
  4. To be eligible to vote, the effective date of membership must be at least 1 year old & the minimum dues for membership have been paid in that year. The effective date of membership is considered to be the date on which the membership was approved by the Executive Committee. So the effective date of this membership should have been before April 10, 2015.
  5. All members will be required to show positive identification to prove their identity and it is the responsibility of the member to prove their eligibility to vote.
  6. Voting will be by secret ballot in person and the ballot will be issued to the eligible voting member at the polling station. No absentee ballot will be allowed. Members eligible to vote must be present to vote.
  7. No Canvassing will be allowed within 50 feet of the premises of the NY Jain Center on the day of election.
  8. Immediately after the election, counting & selection from patron nominees process will take place in the temple. At the counting station, each contestant or one of their designated representative will be permitted to observe counting & selection. The Election Committee will announce the final & official results of the election & selection process, & will inform the Board of Trustees in writing.
  9. No more than 13 nominees should be marked with your votes for Executive Committee and no more than 3 nominees should be marked with your votes for Trustees from General Membership position . Any ballot with more than the maximum specified numbers of votes in any category, than that category with excess votes will be treated as an invalid ballot for that category.

    We request all members to exercise his and/or her voting privilege. Let us make this Election and Selection process a fair and successful one with your full cooperation.
Thank you all for your support.
Yours Truly,
Dr. Chandravadan Shah
Election Commissioner
Email: aandcshah@gmail.com
Election Committee Members:
Dr. Mukesh Ajmera
Mr. Sunil Daga
Mr. Mayur Shah
Mr. Vijay Mehta

JCA Annual General Body Meeting on Sunday, Dec 6, 2015

Sunday, December 6, 2015
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 6, 2015 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 13, 2015 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 2014 - CFO/Treasurer
•  Explanation of the budget for 2016 & approval by the General Body - CFO
•  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, 2015.
The 2014 JCA financial statements and the 2014 JCA General Body minutes will be available on the JCA website and at the temple from December 1, 2015 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.
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.
Robin Shah, Secretary
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