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This past Thursday marked India's Independence Day! As we celebrate, JAINA would like to acknowledge Virchand Raghavji Gandhi, a pioneer in bringing Jainism to the West.

But who was V.R. Gandhi? How did he bring Jainism to the West? How was his practice of Jainism reflected in his social justice work? Learn more about this activist, writer, poet, and Jain hero on our site page. This page features books and articles on V.R. Gandhi, along with a variety of images of him.

Other JAINA Projects include the V.R.Gandhi Scholarship Fund (52 such Scholarships have been awarded to students) and the V.R.G. Commemorative Stamp.

Design & Concept by Pankaz Hingarh & Chandresh Gandhi

JAINA Student Internship - Application Open for Fall Session of JASI Program!
Interested in taking JAINA to the next level?

JAINA is proud to offer the fall session of the JAINA Student Internship (JASI), a full-time, intensive internship. JASI offers U.S. & Canadian undergraduate and graduate students the chance to work on a variety of projects with an established international non-profit in a start-up based environment.

As a JASI Intern, you will be working directly with the JAINA Office, supporting a variety of project leaders, JAINA HQ, and JAINA Executive Committee Members.
Learn more by going to

Click on the button to the left to apply!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Become Part of these Meaningful Projects!

Boy Scouts of America Meets Jain Values

Want to stay in touch with your Jain values while becoming a service-oriented community leader? Then become a part of JAINA's Boy Scouts of America Project!

A collaboration between JAINA and the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), this project offers an Emblem Awards Program which offers eligible Boy Scouts the opportunity to earn special pins recognizing their Jain values and BSA principles.

This project is looking for volunteers interested in expanding the program and Boy Scouts interested in participating in the program. Sign up today!

Learn more by going to

Click on the "Volunteer Interest Form" button to the left to find out how to contact the Project Coordinator, Sanjay Jain.

Mahavira Children's Book Project - Teaching kids early about Jainism, Mahavira, and Compassion

Calling all passionate parents, Pathshala teachers, and educators! Interested in a simple but engaging medium to teach children about the practices of non-violence? Then become a part of the Mahavira Book Project today!

Mahavira: A Compassionate Hero is a collaboration between JAINA, Dr. Manoj Jain, and world-renowned illustrator Demi. This JAINA-sponsored book introduces young people to the story of Mahavira, the last of the 24 Tirthankaras, noted for his teachings regarding non-violence, forgiveness, and compassion towards all living beings.
Learn more by going to

Click on the "Volunteer Interest Form" button to the left to find out how to contact the Project Coordinator, Dr. Manoj Jain.

Support the First Television Program Completely Devoted to Jainism!

Ever wanted to be a part of a television show? JAINA’s own Mangalam Show is seeking volunteers to get involved in all aspects of its production, from social media outreach to tech-support.

Interested in finding out more? "Like” Mangalam’s Facebook Page and visit its website to find out more about the world’s only non-sectarian Jain show. Interested in volunteering? Fill out this simple form, and the Mangalam Show team will get back to you soon!
Learn more by going to Mangalam's project page.

Click on the "Volunteer Interest Form" button to find out how to contact the Project Coordinator, Dr. Mamta Shaha.

Help Spread Jain Values by Becoming a Part of the Writer's Circle Today!

Interested in Jain perspectives on current events? Do you want to help spread awareness of Jainism? Then join the Writer’s Circle team!

Headed by YJA’s Director of Education, Priyal Gandhi, the Writer’s Circle offers Jain perspectives on current affairs on the Huffington Post: Jain Perspectives blog. Interested in writing an article yourself or helping with the editing process?
Learn more by going to this link.

Click on the "Volunteer Interest Form" button to the left to find out how to contact Project Coordinator, Priyal Gandhi.

2013-2014 YJA Board Announcement - Congratulations!

Congratulations to the 2013-2014 YJA Board! JAINA would like to congratulate the incoming board and thank the outgoing board for a wonderful year! YJA will be announcing the location of the 2014 YJA Convention in the next week, so stay tuned for the announcement.

Support YJA - Buy Your "Keep Calm and Ahimsa" Shirt Today

YJA's goal is always to encourage youth to have pride in their Jain heritage. These YJA-created "Keep Calm and Ahimsa" shirts will help Jain youth keep the "Ahimsa" message alive in their daily lives.

Proceeds from your purchase will help support YJA's efforts to host educational webinars, host exciting new events, and keep YJA thriving for future generations of young Jains. The shirt price of $15.00 also includes shipping costs. Thank you for your support!

Click on the button to the left to purchase your t-shirt and support YJA!

Pratishta Updates

Attend and Celebrate a Pratishtha Event Near You!


Hartford, CT
The Jain Center of Greater Hartford starts its Pratishta Celebration on Sept. 2.
Click here
for more details.

Orlando, FL

The Jain Society of Central Florida (JSOCF) is having its Pratishta Mahotsav Event from Sept. 12-16.
Register today


Mohangadh, Dharampur, Valsad, Gujarat
Shrimad Rajchandra Ashram is holding their Daksh Lakshan event from Sept. 9-19.
Go here for more information.

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