Academic Year 2017 – 2018: 
The first pathshala class will be Sunday, September 10 and then every 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday.
Cloverly Elementary School
800 Briggs Chaney Rd
Silver Spring MD 20905
09:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Followed by Lunch
Pathshala Director:
 Monica Shah
Food Coordinator:Sunil Dharamsi

Tentative Pathsala Schedule for 2017-18 (subject to rental approval from school)

Coming soon…

Class Information
We have a great team of about 36 teachers who teach the JAINA curriculum emphasizing the Jain way of life. Our teachers are a key to success and we would not have such a vibrant Pathshala without the dedication and hard work of our teachers.

Name (Grade) Teachers Contact Curriculum
Nursery (Age 3) Dhruti Shah
Rupa Mehta
Pre-Alpha (Age 4) Shilpa M Shah
Nishma Shah
Rupal Doshi
Class A (KG & 1st) Bela Gandhi
Nirali Mehta
Sheetal Rao
703-554-2142 or 703-793-3049
Class A
Class B1 (2nd) Nita Shah
Nayana Gangar
Class B
Class B2 (3rd) Pallavi Dharamsi
Chhaya Shah
Class B
Class C1 (4th) Monica Shah
Jhalak Mehta
Class C
Class C2 (5th) Ami Shah
Minal Shah
Class C
Class D (6th & 7th) Rupal Shah
Sonal Ajmera
443-812-8233 or 443-535-8340
Class D
Class E (8th & 9th) Megha Doshi
Manna Shah
Class E
Class G (10th) Kamlesh Shah 301-838-9778 Class G
Hindi Class Shweta Jain
Vishal Jain
Hindi Class
Gujarati Class Sonal Ajmera
Mehul Doshi
Hemangini Shah
Gujarati Class
Sutra Class Shilpa P Shah
Ripal Shah
Ami Doshi
Minal Shah
Abha Parekh
Savita Jain
Adult Class Pravin Dand
Dr. Atul Shah
Class Schedule @ Cloverly Elementary School
09:15 – 10:15 a.m. Hindi/Gujarati Classes
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Prayer, Aarti / Mangal deevo in Gym, Assembly in Gym
10:35 – 12:15 p.m. Pathshala Classes
11.50 – 12:15 p.m. Sutra Classes in Gym (Class B1 to G students)
12:15 p.m. Class-wise Dismissal for lunch
Class Schedule @ Jain Center
10:30 – 12:30 p.m. Adult Pathshala by Dr. Atul Shah & Pravin Dand
12:30 p.m. Parents Lunch in School Cafeteria

Click here for Pathshala Registration

Click here for Volunteers Registration


Lunch Sponsorship Sign-up / Lunch Sponsors list / Lunch RSVP
Please contact our Lunch Coordinator, Sunil Dharamsi if you wish to sponsor Pathshala lunch and/or need help forming a group.

Please click here to view the Pathshala lunch sponsorship list (names and dates).

Lunch Guidelines:
Please make sure that the food served qualifies Jain criteria and following ingredients are NOT used or included in any form.

  • Non Vegetarian items including eggs and gelatin.
  • Root vegetables / Anantkaya like onion, garlic, potato, carrot, eggplant, brinjal, spinach, mushroom
  • “Dwidal” – Dicotyledons i.e. any grain [or flour of that grain] which can be split into two when mixed with raw milk, curd, lassi, shrikhand or other milk item leads to Dwidal.  Yogurt / Milk / Buttermilk have to be nicely warmed before mixing it.
    Some examples of “Dwidal” include
    – Making “Kadhi” by mixing besan in buttermilk without nicely warming it
    – Making “Dahi Bundi” or “Rayatoo” without nicely warming yogurt
    – Making “Dahi wada” by putting wada in yogurt without nicely warming yogurt
    – Dicotyledons include all “kathol” & all “Dal” & their flours, Methi – seeds or leaves
  • Green vegetables on “tithi.”

Pathshala PTA
Pathshala PTA helps organize various social events at the Pathshala. We encourage parents to join and/or participate in these events.

For any questions / suggestions regarding Pathshala, please contact Monica Shah at