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1. PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Dear Sadharmik,
Jai Jinendra!

Just a few weeks ago, with your overwhelming response and participation from all around the world you made JAINA Convention 2019 a very memorable event and JAINA was able to raise the bar once again. Leading the convention was a fun, educational, sometimes exciting, and always interesting experience, I had because of the fantastic people I’ve had the privilege to work within this role. Thank you to all the leaders and volunteers!

With my new role, I am very excited and looking forward to work with the newly elected Executive Committee. From a programming standpoint, we are focused to provide variety, type, and number of service offerings.

In continuation of spreading JAIN philosophy, JAINA Academic Liaison Committee brings the scholastic and academic lecture by Professor Steven M. Vose, a Bhagwan Mahavir Assistant Professor of Jain Studies and Director of Jain Studies Program at Florida International University. See details below.

On the community front, JAINA partnered with "U-Turn Lives" and distributed backpacks containing Blanket, Towel, Socks, Water Bottle and a sanitation kit at San Diego, Anaheim, Santa Ana. More details given below.

Readout our revised press release article mentioning Mr. Rahul Jhobalia’s hard work on the temple at JAINA Convention 2019.

Thank you to the membership for giving me the opportunity to serve you as president of the Federation. Please don’t hesitate to contact me or any leadership team member if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.

Sincerely,

Mahesh Wadher
JAINA President
2. JAINA EXECUTIVE COMMITEE MEMBERS(2019-2021)

JAINA Officers:
President - Mahesh Wadher, Jain Center of Los Angeles
First Vice President - Haresh Shah, Delaware Jain Sangh
Secretary - Hemant Shah, Jain Society of Metropolitan Chicago
Treasurer - Ashok Savla, Jain Society of Southern California

JAINA Regional VPs:
North East - Regional VP - Sagar Khona, Jain Samaj of Long Island
Mid East - Regional VP - Paurav Vora, Jain Center of New Jersey
South East - Regional VP - Bindesh Shah, Jain Center of South Florida
Mid West - Regional VP - Rahul Dedhia, Kansas Jain Sangh
South West - Regional VP - Ketan Sheth, Tulsa Jain Sangh
West - Regional VP - Dr. Jasvant Modi, Jain Society of Southern California
Canada - Regional VP - Dr. Mahendra Jain, Jain Society of Toronto

Past President - Gunvant Shah, Jain Center of New Jersey


3. WEBINAR ON JAINISM BY PROF. STEVEN M. VOSE

As a part of monthly sessions for a year, JAINA Academic Liaison Committee brings the scholastic and academic lecture by Professor Steven M. Vose, a Bhagwan Mahavir Assistant Professor of Jain Studies and Director of Jain Studies Program at Florida International University.

Prof. Steven will talk on the subject “The Sadhu in the Sultan’s Court: Re-Making the Medieval Jain World." The professor has chosen a serious topic for an intended audience of anyone over the age of 14.

Date: Sunday, 28th July 2019.
Venue: Brampton Jain Temple, 7875 Mayfield Rd, Bolton, ON L7E 0W1
Time: 3.00 pm Eastern time

People who cannot come to the temple will be able to take the Webinar from home. The committee is in the process of setting it up. To keep a count of attendees, please send your confirmation at jainism@gmx.com or jainism@gmx.ca
4. U-TURN LIVES DISTRIBUTES BACKPACKS TO PEOPLE IN NEED

On June 21, 2019, U-Turn Lives distributed total 350 JAINA backpacks containing Blanket, Towel, Socks, Water Bottle and a sanitation kit at San Diego, Anaheim, Snata Ana. They also distributed food to the people. The cause happened with the help of Jain Society and Serva Mangal Trust.

U-Turn Lives is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization. They believe that the greatest joy and fulfillment in life is to make a positive difference to the society we live in.
 
5. JAIN TEMPLE - ONE OF THE MAJOR ATTRACTIONS AT 2019 JAINA CONVENTION


One of the major attractions at the JAINA Convention 2019 was the Jain Temple fabricated by Rahul Jhobalia. It was an epitome of art on all scales from Conception to Installation. Besides that, 80% of the material purchase was done by him, which required a full-time job and a lot of hard work. To complete everything from designing concept, a blueprint to building an actual working Derasar in the shortest possible time considering all the protocols is truly commendable. JAINA appreciates and supports such efforts and hard work.

Rahul Jobalia has also contributed his skilled artwork not only for Derasar but also for the representation of Jains in the Parliament of World Religions. He’s a qualified Architect, Artist (J. J. School of Art) a Model Maker, Interior Decorator and an experienced Contractor who has contributed to the community service.

July 16, 2019: Press Release
6. Jainism Says…

Q. Why are products that involve ahimsa or cruelty of movable beings (Tras Jiva) used in various Jain Rituals? Products like milk, wool, silk, peacock feathers, saffron, varakh etc. Should we continue to use them?

A. Rituals play an important part in our religion to build a culture around the community, to inspire one another, strengthen religious values, build up interest in religion and for the survival of any religion. However, rituals must be performed with the right understanding and interpretation, such that it provides an inspiring and uplifting experience. Rituals should enable our spiritual growth and serve as a reminder to reflect upon the Jain philosophies, values and proper conduct.

There are many rituals in place today that are rooted from generations of history and they are performed with the mindset that “this is how it’s always been done”. In some cases, these rituals are done in Mithyatva (ignorance), not knowing that some of these materials used in rituals do indeed come from violence. This Mithyatva can be seeded from lack of knowledge, lack of desire to gain information, blindly following rituals, believing in the wrong beliefs, lack of alignment with Jain values/principles, or fear of challenging that status quo.

 
7. SHRIMAD RAJCHANDRA DHARAMPUR (USA) HELD GURUPURNIMA SHIBIR FROM JULY 19-21, 2019



One of the major attractions at the JAINA Convention Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur (USA) held a Gurupurnima Shibir from July 19-21, 2019. During the 3-day shibir, Pujya Gurudevshri Rakeshbhai gave discourses based on bhajans written by Sant Kabir. Attendees expressed their gratitude and strengthened their faith and devotion. Pujya Gurudevshri also spent cherished moments with the youth at the finals of the Sahebji’s Basketball Association.
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9. Jain Story

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  10. YJA UPDATE


 
YJA will kick off their YJA Summertime Retreat season in the Mid-West next weekend, 7/26-7/27. Register here. Stay tuned for more information on Summertime Retreats in our other regions.
11. YJP UPDATE

On June 29th, YJP Seattle had a hike at The Anti-Aircraft Ridge Loop Trail. They came across an amazing view at the top of the trail.
12. QUOTE

"Soul is the central point of spiritual discipline."


- Bhagwan Mahavir

Sincerely,

Hemant Shah
JAINA Secretary


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