Dr. Kamala Mehta’s Lectures: Friday, July 8, 2016

We are very glad to inform you that Dr. Kamala Mehta is visiting our Jain Center and will bless us with Pravachans on Friday, July 8th, 2016.

Dr. Kamala Mehta is an acclaimed Jain scholar with core knowledge in various Jain Agams, Shastras and deep knowledge in Jainism.  She is completely dedicated and has devoted herself to learning & exploring Jainism, presenting lectures, arranging shivirs(camps), conducting pathshalas and teaching sravak and sravikas as well as sadhus and sadhvies, exposing them to the vision, ideals and core concepts of Jain Dharma.  All her services are free at no cost.  She also teaches Art of Jain living, Yoga, Acupressure and Meditation.  For more than 28 years she has sacrificed roots (Jamikand), normal water (Sachit jal), she has been practicing chauvihaar and eats only before sunset.  As a senior swadhayae, she has been conducting programs and giving pravachans for more than 28 years and have been invited to JAINA conventions as the speaker.

She lives a Jain life by example and limits herself from worldly pleasures.

Lecture timings are as follows:

Date: Friday, July 8th
Time: 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Topic: Jainism in day to day life
Language: Hindi

Summer Picnic and Fun 2016

Event Date and Time: Sunday, July 17th, 2016
Event Location: 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive Reston, VA 20190

On Sunday, July 17th, 2016, 2016 (times to be announced via email), we will be hosting our annual summer picnic at Lake Fairfax Park located at 1400 Lake Fairfax Drive Reston, VA 20190. This is a great park with great facilities: 20-acres lake, boat rentals, carousel, athletic fields, a playground, restrooms, trails and a skate park. We expect this to be a fun-tastic day with activities for all age groups!

Note: If you RSVP and PAY by Sunday, May 1st midnight, you will receive an Early Bird discounted charge of $10.00 per person for ages 6 and above. Kids 5 and below are FREE. Starting Monday, May 2nd, the regular charge will be $12.00 per person for ages 6 and above. Kids 5 and below are FREE.

Payment must be done in cash or check only. You can pass the payment during Pathshala on Sunday, April 17th or Sunday, May 1st to one of the members listed below:

  • Monali Shah, 443-564-7279
  • Manna Shah, 240-498-6183
  • Sujaini Shah, 703-362-6836
  • Rupa Mehta, 703-501-3949

You can also mail your check in to the mailing address listed below:
Manna Shah
5812 White Pebble Path
Clarksville, MD 21029-1664

Bhavna, Grand Snatra Puja & Shetrunjay Bhav Yatra

Bhavna with Nayanbhai Sanghvi of Tapovan, India on Friday, April 29th:
Bhavna will be held on Friday, April 29th, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at our Jain Temple. There will be swamivatsalya dinner starting at 5:00 p.m. sponsored by the Snatra Pooja group. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP no later than noon, Thursday, April 28th, by sending an email to Shefali Dalal or Nayana Mehta.

Grand Snatra Mahotsav with Nayanbhai Sanghvi of Tapovan, India on Saturday, April 30th:
The Grand Snatra Pooja will be held on Saturday, April 30th, 2016 from 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at our Jain Temple. The Pooja will start at 9:30 a.m. sharp followed by swamivatsalya lunch. We are looking for sponsors for the swamivatsalya lunch. Anyone interested in sponsoring, please send us an email. If you are planning to attend, please RSVP no later than noon, Thursday, April 28th, by sending an email to Shefali Dalal or Nayana Mehta.

Shetrunjay Bhav Yatra with Nayanbhai Sanghvi of Tapovan, India on Sunday, May 1st:
The Shetrunjay Bhav Yatra will be held on Sunday, May 1st, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at our Jain Temple. With Shri Nayanbhai’s help our sangh will be going on a VIRTUAL Bhaav Yatra of Shatrunjay. Shri Nayanbhai will explain to us how the name PALITANA was given and why this place is so special. He will share with us anything and everything we want to know about Palitana. Our hope is that after this bhaav yatra, our understanding of Palitana will change forever and we will get even more out of the Yatra next time we get a chance to visit.

Youth Group’s 1st Ice Skating Social Event‏

On Sunday, February 28th, after Pathshala, a group of youth and their families came together to participate in JSMW Youth Group’s first ice skating social event. The event was held at the Garden’s Ice House from 2 to 4 p.m. and the participants included about 10 adults and 20 kids. The event was held outside and fortunately the weather was warm that day so it was a good day to enjoy ice skating with known faces around each other. This was a fun experience for all ages, especially after a hard working day at the Pathshala.

You can view some of the pictures taken at the event by clicking here.

The Youth Group plans to have larger coordinated social events, similar to this one, later this year. Please be on the lookout for more information.

Ayambil Oli

Ayambil Oli starts from Thursday, April 14th to Friday, April 22nd. There will be Ayambil at the Jain Center for all 9 days at 12 noon. If you are planning to attend the Ayambil Oli, please RSVP no later than noon, Wednesday, April 13th, by sending an email to Shefali Dalal or Nayana Mehta. If anyone would like to sponsor ayambil on weekdays or weekends, please let us know.

Ayambil Chain:
Ayambil has a great significance and importance in our Jain Life. Our Sangh members have decided to do an Ayambil Chain from the Bhoomi Poojan till the Pratistha Day for the new temple. We do have the following dates available in March: 5th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 26th, and 27th. If you are interested to participate in the Ayambil, please contact Shefali Dalal or Nayana Mehta to get your name added to the list.

2016 YJA Convention

We are proud to announce that Young Jains of America is bringing it’s biennial convention back to California after 12 years! The theme of the the 2016 YJA Convention is Agents of Change, and will be held in Los Angeles, CA from July 1- July 4. The convention aims to be the best convention yet. YJA is hosting over 800 youth, speakers and volunteers, all while celebrating its return to the west coast and the organization’s 25th anniversary.

As we journey into the next quarter-century of the organization, our convention committee of 35 dedicated Jain youths, have geared this year’s convention towards the future of our Jain community. The 2016 YJA Convention: Agents of Change, will be focused on providing our attendees with innovative and interactive sessions, networking platforms, and social interaction with Jain youth from across the nation.

The 2014 YJA Convention was made possible through JSMW’s fantastic support. You all helped bring forth the best convention yet, and YJA16 will be even better because of the precedence you set. There are a little under 200 spots left to register! So if you, or your kids, are between the ages of 14-29, register today at convention.yja.org!

The convention is run through the support of our Jain community. If you are interested in volunteering at the convention, visit convention.yja.org/volunteer and fill out the google form listed there. Every donation goes toward the future of Jainism in America. Please visit convention.yja.org/donate, and donate. You can also go to convention.yja.org/sponsorship and check out the various sponsorship levels.

MJK program 2016

On Saturday, April 23rd, 2016, we will be celebrating Bhagwan Mahavir Swami’s Janma Kalyanak, a very auspicious day for all Jains. Our celebration will feature stage performances by our Pathshala children, followed by Swami Vatsalya Bhojan. We are working on detailed logistics for this event, so please be on the lookout for additional information in the near future.

MJK-2016 Application Form

If you are interested in participating in the performance at Mahavir Janma Kalyanak 2016 program, please fill out the application form. For planning purposes, please complete the form as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please send an email to us any time.

MJK-2016 Application Form: Click here
Email: Click here
Due Date: Feb 29th, 2016

MJK-2016 Skit Application Form

If you are a student of Pathshala class C or D and are interested in participating in a Skit, please fill out the Skit Application Form as soon as possible.

Skit Application Form: Click here
Email: Click here
Due Date: Feb 29th, 2016

Highlights of the Diwali Mithai Competition

Summary and Highlights of the Diwali Mithai Competition:
–  We had a great turn out of 28 participants in this first time ever competition.
–  I thank our dedicated judges ( Asha Jain, Harshada Patani, and Palak Sanghvi) who went out of their way to eat so much sugar in one day and decide on the best three mithai’s.
–  A big thank you to our gift card sponsors: Harshada and Amit Patani.
–  The first prize ($51 Target gift card) was won by Minal Shah (Boondi Tart), second prize ($31 Target gift card) was won by Julie Lakhani (Cheesy MohanKhand Cake), and third prize ($21 Target gift card) was won by Savita Jain (Gujiya with a Twist).  Congratulations to our prize winners!
–  Pictures of all the mithai’s can be viewed by clicking here.
–  Recipes of three winning mithai’s can be viewed by clicking here.

Diwali “Mithai” Competition

We are excited to have a “Best Mithai” competition this year. Please join us on this joyous occasion of Diwali by taking part in the competition, currently scheduled for Sunday, November 15th at Cloverly Elementary School (800 Briggs Chaney Rd Silver Spring, MD 20905) where our Pathshala classes are held.

  • ONLY Homemade sweets are allowed for this competition.
  • Examples: Shiras, Mohanthal, Barfi, Badampak, Halvas etc.
  • Please plan to bring enough Mithai to serve 20-25 people.  You can bring more if you like to share with our Sangh!
  • Please bring all soft Mithais on Sunday, November 15th morning latest by 10:30 a.m. in the School Cafeteria

Diwali Card Contest

JSMW Pathshala PTA is excited to announce its very first event of this pathshala year – “Diwali Card Contest”.

Event Date: November 8th 2015 Event time: 11.00 AM to 11.30 AM

Guidelines/Rules for contestants-

1) Bring your own supplies-scissors, card paper, glue, etc.
2) 30 minute time limit applies to all pathshala class levels.
3) Card stock paper size should not exceed 8.5″ x 11”
4) Nothing can be pre-made or pre-cut. Students using any such materials will be disqualified from the contest.
5) No reference material will be allowed during the contest.
6) Use of markers, crayons, pastel colors, pencil colors, glitter glue, moulds for shapes is allowed.
7) Materials not allowed / disqualifying materials – any kind of fine powder, colored sand, loose glitter, water paint, liquids.
8) Pre-alpha and nursery kids can use stickers.
9) No parents will be allowed to help their kids during the event. Class Room moms will be there to assist kids in case of need.
10) Winners will be announced based on each class level.
11) Gift cards will be awarded to winning contestants and gifts to participating contestants.

Criteria for Judging-

I. Pleasing Appearance (Presentation) ………………………….25%
II. Shows Originality ……………………………………………………25%
III. Demonstrates Decorating Skills (Design) ………………… 25%
IV. Message / Content ………………………………………………..25%