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1. PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Jai Jinendra!

The delegates from the Institute of Jainology delivered a petition with 5,000 signatures urging the UK Prime Minister for her intervention for the inclusion of a Jain tick box in the next UK Census. Read more about it below.

JAINA is also looking into filling similar petition with the United States Census Bureau .

In the past months, Jain Center of Greater Boston participated in the Walk for Hunger and organized JCGB Got Talent. Details given below.

Also, read on some media coverage on JAINA Convention 2019.

Sincerely,

Mahesh Wadher
President
JAINA

 
2. CONVENER'S MESSAGE DURING 2019 CONVENTION

 
3. QUOTE

All souls are equal and alike and have a similar nature and qualities
- Bhagwan Mahavir
 
4. MEDIA COVERAGE OF JAINA CONVENTION 2019


July 16, 2019: Press Release
 
5. JAIN CENSUS PETITION TO THE PRIME MINISTER RT. THERESA MAY

The UK Jain community, collectively called One JAIN, represented by the Institute of Jainology delivered a petition with 5,000 signatures to 10 Downing Street on urging the UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, for her intervention for the inclusion of a Jain tick box in the next UK Census.

Nemu Chandaria, Chairman of the Institute said, "There is much confusion in the census terminology and Jainism is the only major religion not to be included in the next census. The 2011 Census only captured 30% of the known UK Jain population and the current plans from the Office of National Statistics will not significantly improve that."

The census data is used to determine policy and funding for health, education and social care, as well as programming by broadcasters like BBC. Capturing correct data from Jains living across the UK is vital if we are to ensure that the Jain community is included in decisions by the public sector.

The Institute of Jainology delegation included Mr. Gareth Thomas MP, Chair of the Jain All Party Parliamentary Group, and Mr. Navin Shah, London Assembly Member for Brent and Harrow, who started the online petition.
 
6. JAIN CENTER NEWS

Jain Center of Greater Boston



In May 2019, team Ahimsa of Jain Center of Greater Boston (JCGB) participated in the Walk for Hunger. The event raises awareness about hunger and funds to support programs across Massachusetts that help residents access food!



In June 2019, they had JCGB Got Talent, where the children and youths participated in the event and showcased their talents.
 
7. GAUTAM SWAMI

In 607 B. C., in the village of Gobargaon, a Brahmin couple called Vasubhuti and Prithvi Gautam (family name) had a son named Indrabhuti. He was tall and handsome. He had two younger brothers named Agnibhuti and Vayubhuti. All three were well versed in the Vedas and other rituals at an early age. They were very popular and great scholars in the state of Magadh. Each one of them had 500 disciples. Once in the city of Apapa, a Brahmin named Somil was conducting a Yagna (sacrificial ceremony) at his home. There were over four thousand Brahmins present on the occasion, and there were eleven popular scholars among them.

 
8. JAIN STORY: JEEV DAYA

 
9. YJP UPDATE



On July 13, 2019, YJP Houston and Young Jains of America (YJA) explored the 7th annual VegFest at the iconic Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. The event is the biggest of its kind in the city, with over 8,000 attendees, 40 local and national vendors, and fantastic vegan food. Who can say no to sampling savory vegan food in 95 degrees Texas heat with the people you love?
 
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