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Please support the Typhoon Haiyan Victim Relief Fund
The World Commmunity Services (WCS) of Federation of Jain Associations in North America (JAINA) has launched "Typhoon Haiyan Victim’s Relief Fund” to raise funds to help the victims of this disaster. Super Typhoon Haiyan came ashore late Friday, November 8th2013 as a Category 5 storm with winds of over 140 mph, hitting the Philippines, Tacloban area. (read more)
(Watch the above video from BBC News about the devastation and urgent need for support.)
Let us together garner Minority Status for Jains in India!
We need your urgent support to sign the below online petition for getting minority status for Jains in India.
Please visit the below link and sign our online petition.
Jain’s Minority Status – A historical perspective
The world Jain community's demand for minority status is now a century old. When in British India, the Viceroy took a decision in principle that the Government would give representation to "Important Minorities" in the Legislative Council, (Petition Dated Sept 2nd September, 1909). The President of the Constituent Assembly Dr. Rajendra Prasad had nominated Shri Kasturbhai Lalbhai, a Jain industrialist as a Jain representative to Minority Advisory Committee to the Constituent Assembly. (read more).
Dr. Tansukh J. Salgia, Chair
Committee on Government & International Organizations
Federation of Jain Association in North America (JAINA)
JAINA Invites You to
Join the 30 Day Compassion Challenge!
Nov. 28 - Dec. 28, 2013
An Invitation to Explore Compassion
This Thanksgiving, JAINA is launching its first 30 Day Compassion Challenge! From Nov. 28 to three days after Christmas, we will find new ways to express our respect and empathy for all living beings. With the holidays around the corner, we wanted to offer a way to practice, connect, and share our experiences of compassion and kindness.
Mahavira says, "To kill any living being amounts to killing one self. Compassion to others is compassion to one's own self. Therefore one should avoid violence like poison and thorn (that cause pain).”
When you contemplate compassion, you develop a deeper sense of care and a need to act on it. Many sages and humanitarians would agree that the practice of compassion brings forth not just a positive change in the world around us, but also a transformation of inner self. (read more)
Remembering Tarla Dalal
1936 - 2013
Tarla Dalal, the Julia Child of Indian vegetarian cooking and author of over 17,000 recipes and 170 cookbooks, died in her sleep on Wednesday at the age of 77. She revolutionized the very concept of teaching Indian cooking, first focusing on Indian women and later expanding her reach across the globe.
Her influence on the Jain community, both in India and North America is quite apparent. She highlighted Indian vegetarian cuisine and made it mainstream. Her Gujarati cultural upbringing and willingness to experiment with bold flavors made vegetarian food appealing to the masses.
JAINA had the great privilege of hosting Tarla Dalal at the 2005 JAINA Convention in Santa Clara, CA. She presented several sessions, provided cooking demonstrations and even served as judge for the first ever Jain Iron Chef cooking competition. Her fellow judges Sunita Jain and Chirag Shah, and the audience, found her commentary and enthusiasm inspiring.
Of her many cookbooks, Tarla Dalal also co-authored one with Manoj Jain and Laxmi Jain titled Jain Food: Compassionate and Healthy Living. In addition to the health benefits of a vegetarian diet, the book expands on the philosophy of food in the Jain tradition where mindful eating is as much a part of religious activity as prayers and scripture reading. This book has been given out to attendees at YJA Conventions and sold at recent JAINA Conventions. (read more)
SUPPORT OUR FUNDRAISING EFFORTS to raise $1 MILLION!
It is with pleasure that we introduce to you "The JAINA Story." It spans JAINA's development, past, present, and future!
For over 30 years, JAINA has provided immeasurable support for the Jain community across North America. To support our continued efforts to the North American Jain community, we are in the planning stages of creating a physical JAINA office to better serve our community.
Please take a moment review our fundraising brochure and Donate Today!
You can also download a pdf here.
This brochure is designed to reintroduce JAINA to our current and former donors in a way that reaffirms JAINA's original convictions and also delineates JAINA's new and renewed capabilities and services.
It answers many basic questions that a donor might have, such as:
- What is JAINA?
- What does JAINA do?
- What does JAINA offer?
- What are JAINA’s committees, projects, and initiatives?
- Why donate to JAINA?
- How to donate to JAINA?