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Jai Jinendra!

Winter is officially here and all are in holiday mood. Many of our members are traveling to India and visiting the temples around India.

Congratulations to Mr. Mahesh Wadher and entire Calendar Committee to bring beautiful JAINA Calendar 2018. Calendar are on its way to you.

Please send in your valuable tax deductible contributions to make your organization stronger. We are looking forward to your valuable suggestions.

It's a proud moment for entire global Jain community to have Mr. Vijay Rupani as the Chief Minister of Gujarat for the second time.

Warm Regards,
Gunvant Shah
JAINA President

Discipline of speech consists in refraining from telling lies and in observing silence.
- Bhagwan Mahavir
Q 1: How many different ways can one are be destined to be the Tirthankar?

Q 2: How many Arihant Bhagwans do we have at this time?
Jaina Calendar Committee is pleased to inform that JAINA 2018 Calendars are mailed to all our members on Dec 21, 2017. Calendars for Canada are sent to Regional VP Kamal Jain in Canada for mailing to Canadian members. Calendars for India are mailed out from India. Printing and mailing of these Calendars cost JAINA approximately $82,500.00. Please donate generously to JAINA as this project is entirely supported by your valuable donations. Your tax deductible donation makes it possible to distribute it to over 15,500 Jain families free of cost. Every calendar has a pre-addressed envelope for your convenience to mail your donation. For any queries email to

Alternatively, please write check in name of "JAINA" and mail to:
Mr. Mahesh Wadher, 4099 Shady Ridge Circle, Corona, CA 92881 USA
Vijay Rupani, a member of the Jain community from Rajkot - Gujarat, for second time has been elected as the Chief Minister of Gujarat. It is a proud moment for the entire Jain Community. JAINA wishes Mr. Vijay Rupani all the best for his future endeavors as Chief Minister of Gujarat.

The tax reform will have a significant impact on charitable deduction in 2018. We strongly urge all of you to take full advantage of maximum tax benefit by writing your donation checks and mail to JAINA address below or by online donation on or before Dec. 31, 2017. Please ask your tax advisor as to how it will impact you personally.

By Bloomberg

At the end of every year, millions of Americans can make strategic moves to shave a few bucks off their tax bill. Right now, millions more should be able to get into the act now President Trump signed the Bill into Law in Oval Office that fundamentally restructures the U.S. tax code. New tax rates and countless other provisions would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2018. Most of the old rules would still apply until the end of 2017—and that gives individuals a shrinking window of time to employ strategies that would lower their taxes. So, here are suggestions from accountants, financial planners, and other tax experts on how to make the most of this opportunity. Keep in mind that the best advice depends specifically on how you’re going to be affected by the new tax Law.

While most Americans would get a tax cut in the short term, some taxpayers could see higher tax bills in 2018. If your taxes are set to spike in 2018, many of these strategies won’t work as well. But if you’re part of the majority who will see an initial tax benefit from the law, there could be big benefits for acting soon.

Deductions claimed for things you did this year will lower 2017 tax bills. This year, beefing up your charitable giving could be even more effective. If your tax rate is falling in 2018, your deductions are more valuable if claimed against 2017 income. Giving to charity is an effective way to boost your 2017 deductions. Even if your tax rate is going up next year under the new Law, you may still want to make a bunch of charitable donations in 2017. This Law would sharply limit the number of taxpayers who would benefit from itemizing: First, it raises the standard deduction from $6,350 to $12,000 for single people and $12,700 to $24,000 for married couples. Second, it limits other deductions—most famously for state and local taxes—so it’s harder for taxpayers to reach the threshold where itemizing makes sense.

So, you might want to think about making several years of charitable donations this month if you can afford it, said Philip “Rusty” Ross, a financial adviser at Financial Wealth Advisors based in Oklahoma City. But move fast—there are only few days left in December to donate.

Alternatively, please write check in name of "JAINA" and mail to:
Mr. Atul Shah, 948 John Friend Drive, Naperville, IL 60540 USA
Donners Town State
Sharad Jain Schaumburg Illinois
Dipika Shah Florence South Carolina
Rashmikant Doshi Laurel Maryland
Vipul Kothari Fremont California
Kamlesh Sheth Dover Delaware
Amit Shah Hoffman Estates Illinois
Dan Golden Syracuse New York
Nirav Sheth Livermore California
Kamalesh Gosalia North York Ontario
Suryakant Shah St. John's Newfoundland
Kalavati & Arvind Shah Wappingers Falls New York
Rakhi Modi - -
Anuj Jain - -
Bright Funds Donation - -
Hament and Lina Shah - -
Vipin and Meenakshi Bhavsar Charitable Lead Trust - -
On Dec. 21, 2017 with a donation of USD 800,000 (eight hundred Thousand) by a few philanthropist Jains in Los Angeles and Jain Center of Southern California in Los Angeles established the Bhagwan Mallinath Endowed Professorship in Jain Studies at Loyola Marymount University (a very elite university) in Los Angeles, California.

This year has been a banner year for promoting Jain Academic studies in universities and colleges in North America.

During this (2017) year, Jains established 3 Chairs and professorships in Jain Studies
  • University of California at Davis, Mohini Jain Presidential Chair with a donation of $1.5 million.
  • University of California at Riverside, Shrimad Rajchandra Chair with a donation of $1.00 million.
  • Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, Bhagwan Mallinath endowed Professorship with a donation of $800,000.
In the year 2016 too, Jain community had established
  • University of California at Irvine, Bhagwan Parshawanth Presidential Chair with a Donation of $1.5 million.
  • Rice University Houston, Texas Bhagwan Mahavir Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Jain Studies with a yearly donation of $40,000.
Ratan Pol means ‘Jewel Gate’. It got this name because you can see the crown jewel of all the temples on this hill as you walk through the gate.

Shri Adinath temple is at the highest point of the summit, two thousand feet above sea level. It is an ornate building dating from 1530 AD. The temple is situated on the site of a much earlier temple dating from the time of Lord Adishwar, countless centuries ago.

These temples, big, small, built in different centuries, richly carved into a breathtaking splendor, give us an impression of a Temple City.

In the middle, the temple of Adinath glows with its superb beauty. Here you find white, red, yellow and pink marble carved with fine art. Each and every stone is ready to tell you its own history. So, let’s climb this flight of stairs to enter the main temple courtyard.

Click to read the story & listen to an amazing audio clip in English or Gujarati.
Once, a businessman went to a foreign country by plane. He was hopeful, that he will become very rich after doing business and marry, have children etc. But, when the plane was over the sea, it started raining heavily. The plane fell down into sea. The businessman started to swim. After some time, the businessman reached the shore and became unconscious. When he opened his eyes, he saw a forest in front of him. He thought about what to do and where to go.

Then he finally went to one side. Suddenly, he saw an elephant coming towards him, making a loud noise. He got very scared. Then he remembered God and asked God to save him. At the same time, God's voice said," Oh human being, first time today you have remembered God."

  • 1 liter milk
  • 250 gm khadi sakar
  • 3/4 cup gundar (edible gum)
  • 3/4 cup fine chopped almonds
  • 3/4 cup grated coconut
  • 4 tbsp. dried ginger powder (sunth )
  • 4 tbsp. ganthoda powder (piprimul)
  • 2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/2 cup ghee
  1. Heat ghee in a big kadai, add gundar and fry it, after they puff, slowly add milk and continuously stirring, cook for 5 minutes, add sakar and boil it. cook for 10-12 minutes until sakar melt, then add chopped almonds and grated coconut, keep stirring continuously, until thick, add sunth, and ganthoda powder mix properly stir till lump & until it leaves the kadai, add cardamom powder.
  2. Bring it to a room temperature, store in airtight container. This pak is good for strengthening back bone.
Eat 2 tbsp. every morning.
In the month of October, Jain Society of San Diego (JSSD) organized a Health Fair to help the medically underserved people. Where JSSD provided free flu shots, vision care and glasses, health and dental screening, access to doctors and more to everyone. Here are some photos from the Health Fair.

A 1: There are 20 different ways one can be destined to be the Tirthankar.

A 2: Twenty.
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