Break your comfort zone and change your belief system by Sajan Shah

Sajan Shah was the Keynote speaker at the Jaina Convention 2017 and Jain Society of Metropolitan Washinton is honored to have him speak at our Jain Center. He is known for being the youngest motivational speaker of India and as memory man of India. 

Topic: Break your comfort zone and change your belief system
Date: Sunday, July 9th, 10:15-11:30 followed by light snack and tea
Place: Jain Center


About Sajan Shah

The Youngest ‘Guru’ of the life coaching industry in India, Sajan is versatile and conducts diverse programs such as: ‘You vs You’, Boost your Business, Ultimate Self Mastery, Master Leadership Program, Youth Development & Motivational Program, Relationship Management, Sales & Marketing, Human Resource Management, NLP and Personality TRANSFORMATION. Through his life transforming seminars and programs, he has touched the lives of more than 900,000 people including students, professionals, and housewives. Besides individuals, his clients include corporate and business houses, banks, NGOs, government departments, educational institutions, associations and other organizations.

JSMW Annual Picnic & Walkathon – July 16, 2017

Join us on Sunday, July 16th to participate in Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington’s Walkathon and Picnic!

The event will be held from 10AM to 4PM at Lake Fairfax Park, the same venue as last year.  

From 10AM-1PM, you will have the opportunity to raise money for pathshala rooms in our new temple by walking as many steps as you can. Pledges will be made through the form that is attached below. After the walkathon, we will have lunch and various activities and games planned for attendees. General admission is $10 per person.

2-Step Registration:

  1. Visit https://jsmw.org/2017picnic/and fill out the RSVP form. Payments can be completed online or via check.
  2. Fill out the attached walkathon pledge form by contacting family, friends, and neighbors. Remember to bring this form to the event so we can record your donations!

We hope to see you there supporting our temple!

Thank you and Jai Jinendra,

JYOC Committee

JSMW Panch Tirth Yatra – July 28-30

Tirth Yatra – July 28 to 30 – PA, OH, IL, MI 

We are happy to report back to you that our planning for Panch Tirth Yatra, currently scheduled for the July 28-30, is now complete.

We will be visiting the following Jain temples:

  1. Hindu Jain Temple, Monroeville, PA
  2. Jain Society of Greater Cleveland, Richfield, OH
  3. Jain Center of Metropolitan Chicago, Bartlett, IL
  4. Chicago downtown sightseeing & Swaminarayan temple.
  5. Jain Society of Greater Detroit, Farmington Hills, MI
  6. Jain Center of Toledo, Toledo, OH
  7. (BONUS) Swaminarayan Temple, Pittsburg, PA (tentative)

We will be providing a tentative schedule for the entire bus trip in the email to follow sometime next week.

Please complete attached registration form, including your email addresses by July 10th and send it to the address on the form. You can also scan and send us your completed registration form via email to Allap Shah (allapshah@gmail.com) or Mehul Doshi (mehul_doshi@yahoo.com).

Yatra Registration Form

Also, yatrees are welcome to become labhpatis by paying an additional donation of $251 for any of the Jain Temples listed above. To become labhpati, please contact Allap Shah (562-587- 5524) or Mehul Doshi (267-374- 1003).

Jain Youths Visiting DC (JYEP)

JAINA in collaboration with JITO Ahmedabad & Bhartiya Jain Sangathana (BJS) is proud to present the Jain Youth Exchange Program [JYEP]. This is the third year of this unique program that offers exposure to different cultures ranks as one of the most powerful ways to promote international understanding and Jain way of life. The program intends to provide hundreds of young students with the opportunity to meet people from other countries and to experience new cultures, planting the seeds for a lifetime of international understanding. This program will bring 12 Jain Youths (ages 18 – 25) from India to the U.S., for approximately 12 days, starting from Boston, MA (5 days), New York City, NY (7 days), Washington, DC (7 days), and ending with Los Angeles/San Francisco Bay Area (7 days). These youth will attend the upcoming JAINA Convention on this Saturday-Sunday (weekend) only.

These youth are scheduled to be in Washington, D.C. from Wednesday, July 5th evening till Tuesday, July 11th morning. We are also looking for volunteers that can coordinate activities such as visits to National Harbor, National Monuments, Museums, Interfaith Dialog & meetings, US Capitol tour, Jain Center, etc…and any other activities that will make this a well-rounded visit for the Jain Youths.

Please contact Janak Rajani (410-415-3033, SendYourReply@gmail.com) or Keyuri Rajani (443-744-1045, KeyuriRajani@gmail.com), if you are interested in helping our hosts (Rajani Family) with sight seeing and other JYEP programs.

Background about JYEP:
Through JYEP, students learn firsthand about all aspects of life in another country. As their concept of the world expands, they mature and develop a deeper understanding of themselves. Immersion in another country’s value system enhances their academic and personal growth.

The Jain students go through a rigorous testing and selection process before they are selected to be a JYEP candidate. Applicants must be a Jain, enrolled as students, pass tests and personal interviews before being selected for this program.

JITO/BJS Sponsors/Students from India will pay for their entire international trip & all travel within the U.S., health insurance, pocket money to pay for incidental expenses including if they were to pay for food outside, or to purchase souvenirs, etc.

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.