09.02.2018 ►JCSC ►Weekly News

Published: 09.02.2018
Updated: 02.04.2018

Jain Center of Southern California

In this Issue:

  • Ongoing Programs
  • Life Time Tithis
  • Upcoming Events
  • Dignitary Visits and Shibirs
  • Change of Dates in 2018 JCSC Calendar
  • Yoga Sessions at JCSC
  • Special Event Adult SwadhyayClass - 2/11
  • Change of Timing for Pathshala & Other Classes - 2/11
  • Invitation to Townhall Meeting - 2/11
  • Discussion on discourses
  • YJA Retreat - 2/23 - 25
  • Chaumasi Chaudas - 2/28
  • Wellness Challenge
  • Other News

Ongoing Programs - Feb, 2018

Event Date Start Time
Daily Ashtprakari Puja Daily  7:30 AM 
Aarti-Mangal Divo Weekdays   8:15 PM
Sat/Sun/Holidays  7:30 PM
Chundadi Daily in the morning  
Chaudas Pratikraman 2/14, 2/28 (Chaumasi Chaudas -Dev Vandan 2:30 pm)         6:30 PM (Weekday)
6:00 PM (Weekend)
Monthly Snatra Puja and Navkar Mantra Jaap 2/17   9:00 AM
Monthly Bhavna Bhakti 2/23  7:30 PM
JCYC & JSG Pathshala / Adult Swadhyay / Sutra Class  2/11 (Start time 9:00AM), 2/25           9:40 AM
Webcast of Discourses by
Shri Rakeshbhai Jhaveri
2/25 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM
Aradhana Hall
Weekly Evening Swadhyay Every Monday, Tuesday & Thursday  
Adhyatmasar Swadhyays Monday By Girishbhai
(8:00 PM to 9:30 PM)
14 Gunasthanak Tuesday By Hasendrabhai
(8.30 PM to 10.00 PM)
Yogshatak Swadhyays  Thursday By Girishbhai
(8:00 PM to 9:30 PM)

On Non Pathshala Sundays:           

JSG Gujarati Class 
JCAG Samuh Puja
JCAG Recorded Swadhyay, Bhakti
JCSC Senior Activities (Bhakti,Lecture etc)

10.00 AM
09:00 AM
10:00 AM
10:00 AM
Please Note:
  • Pathshala Classes will begin at 9:00 AM on Sunday, February 11, 2018
  • Hasendrabhai's next evening swadhyay will be on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, as he is out of the country.
  • Shri Girishbhai's weekly evening Swadhyay's on Monday and Thursday,
    are temporarily suspended until further notice.

Life Time Tithis

  • 02/09  - Shah, Krina, Nirali & Nilomi - In memory of Nilesh Shah
  • 02/20  - Dharod, Zaverben - For Devji Gala Dharod
  • 02/21  - Dharod, Zaverben - For Harsh Devji Dharod
  • 02/28  - Shah, Yogesh & Saurabh - For Anand Shah
  • 02/28  - Shah, Dr. Jaykumar & Ramilaben - In memory of Shri Haribhai Shah

    Send a photograph of your loved one to Kinal Modi at kinalmodi12[at]yahoo.com.
    Please contact Ketan Parekh at ketan.parekh[at]jaincenter.net for information, questions or any pledges.

Upcoming Events

  • Town Hall Meeting - 2/11
  • Chaumasi Chaudas - 2/28

Dignitary Visits and Shibirs

To be Announced

Change Of Dates In 2018 JCSC Calendar

We wanted to let you all know that the calendar of events is changing for the month of  April and December 2018. 

The change is as follows:

1. Mahavir Janam Kalyanak (MJK) will now be moved from April 1 to April 8, 2018, from 2 PM onwards.
2. JCYC & JSG Pathshala / Adult Swadhyay / Sutra classes will now be held on April 1, 2018. 
Earlier this was being held on  April 8, 2018, but is now canceled.
3. JCYC winter camp for 2018 will be Dec 21, 22, 23 and 24,2018.

There is no change of date for Medical Camp of 2018.

The medical camp date is the same, March 18th, not March 25th.

Please read the same clarification in Jan-March 2018, News Letter. 

Please make note of these changes in your personal calendars.

Yoga Sessions at JCSC

We are starting the New Year with a new year Resolution to improve the health of our Community!!!! 

Please join us every Pathshala Sunday from 10:15 AM to 11:15 AM for Yoga in the basement (Garage) of the Jain Center.

Please join us and make the event successful!!

Change Of Timing For Pathshala & Other Classes - Feb 11, 2018

For the Town Hall meeting on Feb 11, to make sure we have maximum people attending it, we have made some adjustments.

For the Pathshala and other classes on Sunday - Feb 11, 2018, we will start the Classes earlier at 9:00 AM. We will adjust the Toastmaster Classes to start even earlier to adjust to these changes. The classes will end at 12 Noon and we will need to start the Lunch earlier as well.

We can then start the Town Hall Meeting at 1:00 AM.

Special Adult Swadhyay Class - Feb 11, 2018

Due to his upcoming surgery on February 12, Shree Girishbhai’s Monday and Thursday evening Swadhya's are suspended as announced before until after his surgical recovery.

Based on Shree Girishbhai’s suggestion, we will have a special event adult swadhyay on Sunday, February 11, 2018, sharing the Bhakti by Pujya Shree Dharmruchi MS and some of the Vanchanas by Bhakti Yogacharya Shree Yashovijaysurishwarji MS. Starting time will be  9:30 AM.

9:30 am Prayer and bhakti songs by Muni Dharm Ruchi (We played his Bhajan during Shibir)
9:40 am Introduction of Pujya Acharya Shri Yashovijayji
9:45 am two sessions audio from Pujya Acharya Shri Yashovijayji's Maun Shibir.

These Maun Shibirs were held in Jiraula, Rajasthan recently for six days in November 2017. 
Some of us attended these Shibir and enjoyed and learned from them.

We hope to see you all on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at 9:30 AM.

Invitation to Townhall Meeting - Feb 11, 2018

Object Of The Meeting: Connecting Communities through Communication

The JCSC Board of Directors & Executive Committee would like to invite 
all JCSC community members to a Town Hall meeting at the following time.

For the Town Hall meeting on Feb 11,  to make sure we have maximum people attending it, we have made some adjustments.

For the Pathshala and other classes on Sunday - Feb 11, 2018, we will start the Classes earlier at 9:00 AM. We will adjust the Toastmaster Classes to start even earlier to adjust to these changes. The classes will end at 12 Noon and we will need to start the Lunch earlier as well, to start the Town Hall meeting earlier.

Date: Sunday, Feb 11th, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM onwards
Location: Auditorium, JCSC.

1. Know your committee
2. Top priority issues
3. Important Suggestions to improve. 
4. Young Pathshala Parents session to meet and greet with 
members to interact, have their input or any concern.
5. Volunteer appreciation
6. Q&A

Please attend this Town Hall meeting. Your input is very valuable.
Please send your suggestion/concern in advance to the following members.

Coordinators: Dr. Mahendra Shah, at 714-757-9490,drmcshah[at]hotmail.com
: Pramod Shah, at 213-327-7058,pshah24[at]gmail.com
: Ketan Parekh.at 714-299-6789,ketanraj[at]sbcglobal.net

Dr. Jasvant Modi
President, JCSC

Discussion on discourses by Shri Rakeshbhai Jhaveri & Webcast of the discourses on Shrimad Rajchandra Vachanamrutji

1) Event: Discussion on discourses by Shri Rakeshbhai Jhaveri 

Date: Sunday, February 18, 2018  Time: 10 am to 2 pm (Lunch will be served)

 Attendees to RSVP by Wednesday, February 14th using the link:  http://goo.gl/0NrUCs 

2) Event: Webcast of the discourses on Shrimad Rajchandra Vachanamrutji by
Shri Rakeshbhai Jhaveri  

Date: Sunday, February 25, 2018  Time: 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm

RSVP not required. 

Place for both satsangs is Aradhana Hall. All are welcome to attend. 

YJA Retreat - Feb 23 - 25, 2018

Every year YJA hosts a retreat in each of it's regions. The West Retreat just opened up registration and we want to extend this opportunity to the youth at JCSC. The retreat is going to be held in Fresno, CA from February 23rd - 25th and is an amazing opportunity for the youth in our community to come together and get to know one another.

At the YJA retreats, there is discussion on various topics in Jainism and how they apply to our lives as youth in this country. The aim is to give the Jain youth an opportunity to learn from and express themselves to their peers over the course of a weekend. The goal is to get our youth to be more active and involved in the Jain community, both at your sangh and at the national level.

YJA West Retreat is just around the corner and we want to make sure that you save the dates: February 23 - 25, 2018 for the West retreat. Whether you're a retreat veteran or a first-timer,join in to be a part of the fun! Get ready to make new YJA friendships and rekindle old ones, attend awesome sessions, devour (and create) yummy food, and connect with fellow Jains from across the West. Registration is now open, so sign up now and don't miss out on all of the fun! If you have any questions about retreat, feel free to email west[at]yja.org!"

YJA really appreciates your support. If you have any questions or concerns or would like YJA's help at your sangh, feel free to contact Pranay Patni  at west[at]yja.org or (408)-674-2941 anytime.

Chaumasi Chaudas - Feb 28, 2018

Jains celebrate Chaumasi Chaudas three times in a year:  On the fourteenth day of Kartik, Falgun and Ashadh months. Jain Community celebrates Chaumasi Chaudas with great joy and enthusiasm all over the country. They make it a fabulous event by performing religious acts and by worshiping Lord Mahavira. People celebrate it by wearing colorful clothes and by adorning their houses. They also give some charity and donation on that day for earning  good ‘Karma'. Chaumasi Chaudas Dev Vandan will start at 2:30 pm followed by Pratikraman, on February 28, 2018 at JCSC.

Wellness Challenge - Get Outside Your Comfort Zone

For the upcoming weekly challenge, we are challenging the participants to “Get Outside Your Comfort Zone." In times of stress or discomfort, remind yourself that some of the best things happen outside your comfort zone. These experiences can both challenge you and help you grow.  If you are interested in learning more and participating, click here.  

Other News

1) Palitana Giriraj 6 Gau Yatra: Feb 27, 2018

Chhah Gau Yatra is a journey of about 16 km in pilgrim town Palitana in Bhavnagar district. It is mainly a kind of penance that helps a devout set of the evil results of past deeds and makes his journey to Nirvana or salvation faster and shorter, says Jain saints and scriptures. Over the year the Chhah Gau Yatra is becoming more popular and lacks pilgrims visit on this single day. Chhah Gau 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 here 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 Chhah Gau Yatra covers all Jain temples in Palitana. Siddhavad is near Adipur, known as the birthplace of 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 Shetrunjaya 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 Chhah Gau Yatra begins on February 27, 2018.

2) Jain Workshop At Atlanta GA, USA

When: Friday, March 2, 2018 to Sunday March 4, 2018

Jain Society Greater Atlanta and Jaina Education Committee have jointly organized the Jain workshop from Friday March 2, 2018 to Sunday March 4, 2018. 

We had  great success on our past two Workshops conducted in Raleigh, NC in October and December 2017.  Please view few photos of these workshops by clicking the following link


Workshop Theme and Purpose

"STRIKING A BALANCE: - Examining Social, Cultural, and Spiritual environment that our youth face while growing up in North America".

The main purpose of the workshop is to educate both adults and youth (over 14 years of age) with regards to the fundamental principles and philosophy of Jainism and how to apply these principles in all walks of life through practical examples.  This includes social, business, family, ethical, religious and spiritual environment.

Workshop Moderator:

Workshop moderator is Pravin K Shah, Jaina Education Committee chairperson and Jain eLibrary Project in-charge.  The workshop will be in English with some Hindi/Gujarati explanation.

Workshop Duration and Location

Date and Time

March 2, 2018 Friday 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM (includes Dinner time before Sun set)
March 3, 2018 Saturday 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM (Lunch, and Dinner time before Sun set)
March 4, 2018 Sunday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (includes Lunch time)

Workshop Venue/ Location

Jain Society-Greater Atlanta 
669 S Peachtree St, Norcross, GA 30071
www.jsgatemple.org Telephone 770 807 6187


Simple Vegan food (absolutely no dairy product) will be served for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for all three days.  No fried foods will be served as a way to promote healthy living. 

Paper Product

All paper products such as plates, bowls, napkins, and glasses will be used of eco-friendly, bio- degradable, and from recycled materials. 

Workshop Overview and Major Topics:

The workshop takes Jainism beyond being just a religious identification for people.  It discusses the fundamentals, which can be easily apply in our daily life.  The workshop uses interactive method of Learning and Communication, which needs debates, discussions and open mindedness. The workshop is not a lecture format where the audience has very little input in terms of participation and discussion. ……to continue to read, please click the following link.


Workshop Registration and Fee:

The registration fee is $50.00 per person.  It includes all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and workshop material. Please follow the link below to register and to make payment via Paypal or Credit card to the “Jain Education International”.  Please do not wait, we will close the registration once we reach to 40 participants.

Registration Form:


If you have any difficulty to filling out the Workshop registration form or if you have any other question, send an e-mail to Sejal Shah sejal2003[at]gmail.com or Pravin Shah jainaedu[at]gmail.com.

Hotel Accommodation:

If you need Hotel accommodation, please indicate in the registration form.  We will contact you within two weeks and provide you the details of the Hotel and also provide you the direction from and to airport.


Samir Shah
Pritesh Ostwal
Jain Society of Greater Atlanta                   



Pravin K Shah
Jaina Education Committee
919 889 1900 Cell

3) A Unique Opportunity to Study Non Violence, Jain Dharma & Religious Traditions in India

Last Date to Apply is March 1st, 2018

International Summer School for Jain Studies (ISSJS) is currently accepting applications for three, four and six week study programs in India. 

Jain Dharma/Religion originate d in India several thousand years ago. An elder cousin of Buddhism, Jain dharma teaches a lifestyle rooted in the practice of unconditional nonviolence. 

Its teachings inspired and influenced Mahatma Gandhi. Students and scholars will learn about Jain traditions from learned lay scholars as well as practicing monks and nuns in India.

The Program is designed for undergraduate and graduate students, Post-Doctoral Fellows, full time faculty and High School Teachers with an interest in the Jain Studies and ahimsa (nonviolence). The three, four  and six week long, stand alone and separate intensive courses in International Summer School for Jain Studies (ISSJS) 2018 will entail morning lectures, afternoon field trips, visits to some schools, time in a few ancient cities and meetings with Jain professionals, monks and  nuns. 

For the last 13 years, every summer, ISSJS have been offered regularly in India. The number of participants has seen a steady increase every year. Nearly 800 students and scholars from many universities and High Schools have participated in ISSJS programs so far. 

We are excited to be offering ISSJS - 2018 in its 14th annual year.  

ISSJS is unique in that it is an experiential and India based program and makes India a classroom for the study of ahimsa /nonviolence, Jain, history, art, culture and philosophy.
This program is highly subsidized by the Jain community. For Program Details & Application, Visit our website   www.isjs.in 

Please contact Dr. Sulekh C. Jain, Houston, Texas, USA for further information.
Home:  281-494-7656  Cell:  832-594-8005
His blog is https://sulekhcjain.wordpress.com
Kinal Modi
Public Relations
Jain Center of Southern California
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