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JAINA's President Report - March 2010 - Lata Champsee
Federation of Jain Associations in North America
Founded 1981

 A Non-Profit Tax Exempt Religious Organization IRS Code Section 501(c) (3) El # 54-1280028

NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations JAINA Headquarters: 43-11 Ithaca Street, Elmhurst, NY 11373 USA: Phone (718) 606-2885.   

JAINA - Six Months at a glance

Jai Jinendra!  

Hope this letter finds you in the warmest of spirits during this year’s snowiest winter. I visited India in December and January and represented JAINA at many places. I had a very rewarding trip. To my surprise, JAINA was recognized everywhere as a world class organization and all credit goes to all of you.  

The highlight was my trip to India representing JAINA at the Palitana handicap camp, Bidada Medical Camp, opening of the JIWO chapter, and inauguration of Arhat touch.  I had the opportunity to meet Narendra Modi, Chief Minster of Gujarat, His holiness Dalai Lama, Pujya Maharaj Naypadmasagarji, Acharya Shri Chandnaji, Gurudev Rakeshbhai Zaveri and many others and talk to them about JAINA and our activities in North America.

JAINA has completed or participated in over 15 projects in the last six months to further JAINA’s vision of "Living and Sharing Jainism and Jain Way of Life.”  The following is a summary:  

1. Victorious Ones: Jain Images of Perfection Art Exhibit (Rubin Museum of Art, NY) - JAINA participated at the unveiling of the exhibition which had over 65 works of Jain art, some of which have never been publicly displayed. The Exhibit was sponsored by a lead gift from Sital and Suman Jain and Family and coordinated by Phyllis Granoff, Professor of Religious Studies at the Yale Graduate School.

2. JAINA Goes to Washington - "Celebrating Non-Violence". On Capitol Hill This conference, co-sponsored by JAINA along with American Jewish Congress, AAPI and NAACP. Speakers at the conference were US Congress Chaplain, Chaplin Caughlin , Congressman John Lewis, Jim McDermott, Frank Pallone, Ed Royce, Hilary O. Shelton, from NAACP. Paul Montero and Daniell Borin from the White House. This conference was held in October and was a huge success in networking and working with US Government officials. The conference was coordinated by Dr. Sushil Jain.

3. V.R. Gandhi stamp - Indian Postal Department has issued a multicolored stamp, first day cover and a brochure on famous Jain orator and writer Shri Virchand Raghavji Gandhi in November 2009.

4. Arhat Touch inauguration: JAINA participated at the opening of the Shrimad Rajchandra Arhat Touch programme (SRA) in Toronto. The inauguration invited a large crowd of people from the community.

5. Record Turnout At Mega Medical Camp Hailed As A Miracle For The Needy And Jains Worldwide! » JAINA participated in The Palitana Camp for the disabled. The Camp was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shree Narendrai Modi and Blessed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. JAINA helped by raising about Rs. One crore and donating it to the Camp. 28,549 physically handicapped and hearing impaired persons of all ages benefitted at the camp.

6. President Obama talks about Bhagwan Mahavir: As a direct result of Dr. Sushil Jain’s networking with the White House, President Obama talked about Lord Mahavira and Jainism at White House’s Diwali function.

7. Bidada Medical Camp - JAINA participated at the Bidada Medical Camp in Kutch which has been helping thousands of people every year for the past 36 years.

8. JAINA Has Strong Presence at the Parliament of World Religions Meeting in Australia - Dec. 3rd - 9th 2009 - Our interfaith committee participated in Parliament of World religions in Australia. JAINA members played superb leadership role in sharing Jainism.

9. Arind Vora in Indonesia: US National Security Council, State Dept and White House planned a multi-faith conference in Indonesia. 20 religious leaders from USA and 20 members from Indonesia gathered at Borobudur Hotel in Jakarta in January. It is with pride to let you know that our Interfaith Chair of JAINA, Arvind Vora was selected to represent JAINISM at this prestigiousworld forum, thus ushering a much needed acknowledgement of Jainism on a world forum.

10. Jain eLibrary DVD Project »JAINA education committee has produced a set of 4 DVD’s containing 2000 Jain eBooks and Catalogue.

11. Inaguration of JIWO chapter: JAINA was invited at the inauguration of JIWO (Jain International Women’s Organization?) chapter of Juhu, Mumbai.

12. Haiti Earthquake Victims – JAINA members have contributed over $20,000 to this unfortunate event. Let us remember Bhagwan Mahavir’s message of compassion - service to the sick and the poor is the true service to our Lord--- so relevant in these times.

13. Jain Digest is Going Green » Following up on JAINA 2009 Convention’s theme of Ecology - The Jain Way, JAINA Executive Committee has decided not to print the publication but instead offer it in electronic format. JAIN Digest is back as a e-Jain Digest. It is available on, website.

14. 11,000 JAINA Calenders Shipped FREE! - The response to our 2010 Calendars is as usual an overwhelming one.

15. JAINA Directors - We have started to strengthen the engagement and support of our 104 directors through dialogue and regional teleconferences.

16. JAINA Committees - We are in the process of revamping JAINA Committees. We have eliminated some and merged some and continue to better serve our members.

Upcoming Events over the next six months:

There are many exciting events that are planned over the next six months. I urge you to not only follow these events but also support them through your time and financial contributions.

5thAnnual Kellogg conference at Siddhachalam on April 2-4 2010 – Dr. Dipak Jain and Jain volunteers and leaders will be sharing their collective wisdom and strategize on strengthening JAINA and serving Jains in North America.

YJA Convention – July 4th Weekend, 2010 in NJ – The preparations are in full swing and I urge all Jain Centers to help the young generation to enable them to retain our Jain Heritage.

YJP activities: In the spirit of JAINA’s greater efforts to increase Jain awareness and build inter-faith partnerships, YJP is involved in the campaign for a "vegetarian meals across school cafeterias”. YJP convention is tentatively planned for June 2010. Also, under plans are fun events, including an open mike in Washington, DC as well as dinner events in Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Toronto

Next JAINA Convention - JAINA executive have decided to hold 2011 Convention in Houston, TX. Please provide your feedback on what you would like to see in the next convention.

Jain Studies at FIU, Florida: A Historic Milestone - Florida International University is establishing a perpetual professorship in Jain studies and is a first ever initiative and a historic milestone for the Jain Community.

Ashtapad Pratishtha - First of its kind in North America and probably in the world Ashtapad Pratishtha Mahotsav ceremonies will be held in Mid June 2010 at the Derasar in Queens, NY. Jain Centre of New York has created a replica of Shri Ashtäpad Tirth at the temple. Ashtapad Mountain is made up of crystal, weighing approx. 7.5 tons and all idols are made from various colored gemstones. Be part of this historic event.

Pratishtha at Cleveland: JAIN Society of Greater Cleveland is planning a grand Pratishtha Mahotsav of their new Temple from Friday July 2 to Tuesday July 6, 2010.

Pratishtha at Boston – Jain Center of Greater Boston, one of the first Jain Centers and temple, has purchased a large facility in Norwood and will be moving its temple there. The Pratishtha ceremony is being planned for the month of June, 2010.

We have made tremendous progress and have many exciting initiatives in the pipeline. We are looking for Jain leaders and volunteers who can make a difference in not just North America but worldwide. For more information about the above activities and people who made such progress in six short months, please visit

With warmest Regards,
Lata Champsee, President
February 27, 2010

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