I am very proud to announce the launch of our website, www.JSMW.org, a site that is re-designed to better suite mobile platform while preserving the attractive looks that typically are available on a larger screen. I encourage you to visit our website and familiarize yourself with its new design and navigation structure.
Also, I am happy to announce the formal formation of the Youth Committee with a specific purpose: to educate youth about the different facets of Jainism, to expose youth to Jainism for daily use and practice, and to prepare our youth to be successful leaders of tomorrow. This group will report to and receive guidance from the Executive Committee. Please refer to the Youth Committee Operating Guidelines that are included in other area of this newsletter. We look forward to your suggestions, if any, to improve the operating guidelines. We will do everything we can to empower our youth community!
As we start wrapping up the summer months, I hope you had an opportunity to come out and attend our special events. Our Sangh went on a virtual Bhaav Yatra with Nayanbhai Sanghvi of Shatrunjay to increase our understanding of Palitana such that we will get even more out of the Yatra next time we get a chance to visit. Soon thereafter, we learned the miraculous benefits of chanting Bhaktamar Stotras through Dr. Manju Jain’s personal experience with the extraordinary powers of the Bhaktamar Shlokas and their Ridhis and Mantras. The Health Information and Education fair enlightened the attendees with a lot of health related information and also provided them assistance with measuring the blood pressure, checking BMI, vision screening, ENT, Grip Strength test, and much more. We were blessed to have scholars like Samirbhai Panditji, Dr. Sanjeevji Kumar Godha, and Shree Atulbhai Kamdar visit us in the recent past.
It was my goal to organize one major event every quarter throughout 2016 calendar year. To that note, let us not forget our own dedicated Ladies Group (Mahila Mandal) – they showed one more time how well they can organize an event, this time Summer Picnic and Fun 2016. An event that attracted more than 325 people, it was fun-tastic event suitable for all age groups!
During the weekend of July 30-31, we had a very pleasant, joyous, and successful religious Panch Tirth Yatra (bus trip) to various Jain Temples in Pennsylvania and New Jersey area.
Very soon, we will be celebrating Paryushan Parva followed by Das Lakshan Parva. We have planned various activities during these auspicious days, as mentioned in other sections of this newsletter. All members are urged to come and visit the Jain Center during these celebrations.
Our next Annual General Body meeting and Elections 2016 will be held on Sunday, November 6th, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at our Jain Center. All members are invited to this meeting. The Executive Committee, Trustees, Temple Committee, and other teams will present various reports during this meeting.
On behalf of the Executive Committee, I want to thank all volunteers for their help during our past programs. Without your dedication, selfless devotion, and spirit of volunteerism we would not be successful. Your constructive comments and/or suggestions are always welcome. Please contact me at (410) 415-3033 or send me an email at President@JainSocietyDC.org.
Janak Rajani, President
Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington