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The New Jain - YJP Newsletter January 2010

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The New Jain

January 2009

Minds Wide Open…

Jai Jinendra

Welcome to the Young Jain Professionals (YJP) newsletter, The New Jain!

YJP’s mission is to increase the awareness and understanding of Jain principles and heritage by promoting networking among Jain professionals.

In this newsletter: 

·    Announcing The New 2010 YJP Executive Board!

·    Be In The Know

·    Upcoming Events

·    Call For 2010 YJP Convention Ideas


Announcing The New 2010 YJP Executive Board!

YJP welcomes our 2010-2011 Board!

  • Sejal Lakhani (NJ) – Co Chair
  • Suchita Gala (VA) – Co Chair/Technology Director
  • Rushabh Gudka (TO) – Treasurer
  • Dharti Sheth (NJ) – Secretary
  • Rajiv Vakani (NY) – Convention Director
  • Bela Shah (DC) – PR and Membership Director
  • Vaibhav Ajmera (NY) – Northeast Regional Coordinator
  • Vineet Jain (GA) – Southeast Regional Coordinator
  • Rushabh Gudka (TO) – Canada Regional Coordinator
  • OPEN – West Regional Coordinator
  • OPEN – South Regional Coordinator
  • OPEN – Mid West Regional Coordinator

We look forward to bringing you a new and improved YJP for 2010. If you are interested in working with us and filling the open positions, please send an email to

Be In The Know

Be sure to get all the latest information about YJP and all YJP emails!

o         Become a YJP member at:
(Be sure to choose "Young Jain Professionals” as the Member Type)

o         Join the Young Jain Professionals Group:

o         Follow YJP on Facebook:

o         Follow YJP on Twitter:

Upcoming Events

YJP Dinner in Washington DC – Saturday January 23, 2010, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

On the YJP Website:

On Facebook:


YJP Dinner in New York – Saturday January 30, 2010, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

On the YJP Website:

On Facebook:


YJP Skating/Dinner Event in Boston – Saturday February 6, 2010, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM

On the YJP Website:

On Facebook:


Call For 2010 YJP Convention Ideas

YJP is looking for unique and creative ideas for a convention for 2010.  In the past, we have had events at the following locations:

·          Hotel conventions in various cities (Los Angeles, DC, San Antonio, Montreal, Miami)

·          Cabin trip in St. Petersburg

·          Beach trip in San Diego

·          Trip to Everglades National Park

·          Camping and white-water rafting in Sacramento

·          Cruise to the Bahamas


At these events, we have covered a multitude of Jain related topics, including the following:

·          Applying Jain Principles to Ethical Dilemmas

·          Ending Gang Violence

·          Minimizing Our Ecological Footprint in the World

·          The Power of Forgiveness

·          Creating Inner Balance in our Hectic Lives

·          Jain Responses to Terrorism and War

·          Living by the Five Vows Today

·          Eliminating the Four Kashayas: Anger, Ego, Deceit, and Greed, from Our Lives

·          Pressure We Face in Professional, Social, and Religious Arenas

·          Socially Responsible Investing


Session styles have ranged from discourses from experts to peer-led discussions and to interactive learning.  In addition, we have engaged in a wide array of activities, including the following:

·          Garba, salsa dancing, and and a night around town

·          Indian stand-up comedy

·          Board games and charades

·          Yoga and meditation

·          Sitting around a bon fire

·          Dinner and dance cruise

·          Canoeing, hiking, and bike riding

·          Snorkling and scuba diving

·          Frisbee and football on the beach


As we move forward, we would like to continue with YJP’s tradition of exceptional and innovative activities, sessions that relate to who we are today as Jains in North America, and chances to connect with our fellow Jains.  If you have any ideas for locations, activities, session topics, etc., please contact us via the YJP website or email us at

Please forward this newsletter to your friends and family.

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