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Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington (JSMW)
The Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington serves Jains in the Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. areas.
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This was extremely successful for JYOC’s first event! On January 27th, 2017, these clothes were donated to Shepherd's Table located in Silver Spring, MD, and from there they were distributed to the homeless and disadvantaged in the immediate area.

THE JYOC COMMITEE



JSMW is currently in the process of building a new temple. For more details, visit... www.jainsocietydc.com
Jain Centers Update
Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington (JSMW) cordially invites you to take part in an auspicious, once-in-a-life-time labh of Shilanyas on October 5th and 6th, 2019 during the Shilanyas Mahotsav for their New Jain Center.

JSMW would love to have you in their celebration. Please inform them if you or any members of your sangh would like to perform on Saturday, October 5th, as they are looking for talented individuals or groups who would like to make a unique and uplifting performance.

Various Labhs for the Shilanyas Mahotsav and event details are available here: https://www.jsmw.org/shilanyas
Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington is proud to announce Shilanyas and cordially invites you with your family and friends to join the Sangh in this auspicious ceremony of Shilanyas from October 5-6, 2019. Shri Narendrabhai Nandu will perform the ceremonies. Assignment of labh will commence from Mahavir Janma Kalyanak celebration on Saturday, April 27, 2019, on a first-come, first-served basis. Please see the invite and program details.

For queries, please email at shilanyas@jainsocietydc.org or contact Pragnesh Shah at 301-305-4261


More than 600 Jains in the Washington DC Metropolitan area attended the Mahavir Janma Kalyanak 2019 celebrations at Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington (JSMW) on April 27th, 2019. The program started with Navkar Mantra by the JSMW pathshala students and the teachers. A variety of beautiful dances, skits, a creative Jain rap song, and other fusion mixes were performed about the life of Mahavir Bhagwan, his teachings, the struggle in our daily lives between 'Paap and Punya', 'Good vs. Evil'. The students demonstrated about the Jain religion, the Leshyas, the way of life, how to minimize our Karmas, and how our life is affected by our actions.

A proclamation was presented to JSMW by Ms. Christina Poy, Director of the Governor's Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, on behalf of the Governor of Maryland in recognition of Mahavir Janma Kalyanak. The cultural program was followed by Swami Vatsalya Bhojan.


Last month, Jain Society of Metropolitan (JSMW) Women group did a great giving work. They collected and stuffed 100 donation bags for homeless. The group thanks to all who supported for the project. Here are some photos.


Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington is happy and proud to welcome so many new families and students to our growing and blossoming Pathshala! For 2018, JSMW have over 100 families and ~160 students ranging from 3-15 years! JSMW Pathshala is one of the largest patshala in the United States, after New Jersey, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston patshala. JSMW patshala has been growing for the past several years. JSMW has eleven core Pathshala classes, an optional sutra class, language classes in both Hindi and Gujarati and finally a competitive advanced Jain Academic Bowl. In addition to these youth classes, adult classes are also held every Pathshala.

JSMW is also coming up with Jains Got Talent in January 2019. Stay tuned for the updates.


Moksh Shah completed all his Eagle Scout Requirements and Service Project at the young age of 14 and was awarded the Eagle Scout Rank in October 2018. As the Service project, he did the Renovation of the Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington's (JSMW) Playground. JSMW proudly recognizes Moksh Shah for his service to JSMW.

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More than 600 Jains attended the Mahavir Janma Kalyanak 2018 celebrations at Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington (JSMW) on April 14th, 2018. The program started with Navkar Mantra by the JSMW pathshala students from pre-nursery to class G and the teachers. A variety of beautiful dances, skits, dramas, garba raas, and enactments were performed about the life of Bhagwan Mahavir, his teachings and the struggle in our daily lives between ‘paap and punya’ and ‘good vs. evil’.

A proclamation was presented to JSMW by Ms. Christina Poy, Director of Governor's Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, on behalf of the Governor of Maryland in recognition of Mahavir Janma Kalyanak. The cultural program was followed by Swami Vatsalya Bhojan. The MJK celebration was also in a way a kick off to busy spring/ summer events as the plans for the construction of a new Shikhar Bandhi Temple are underway. Please visit www.jsmw.org for more info.


Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington (JSMW) had a very pleasant, joyous, and successful religious bus trip to visit Jain Society of Pittsburgh, Jain Society of Greater Cleveland, Jain Society of Metropolitan Chicago, Jain Society of Greater Detroit, and Hindu Jain Temple of Toledo during the July 28-30, 2017 period.

During this long journey of around 1,500 miles, there were 44 adults (13 years and over), 5 children (between 3 and 12 years), and 1 infant (under 3 years of age) who participated in this yatra. Despite a wide age gap from 20 months to 84 years old, each yatree had fun as well as had a chance to participate in various religious activities, including Seva Pooja at various temples, just to name a few. While on the road, the yatrees spent time playing Jain Bingo (108 Parshvanath), Jain puzzles, Antakshari (including Jain stavans), and Memory games.

The yatrees had wonderful time visiting Chicago downtown (Willis Tower, Millennium Park, and Buckingham Fountain). As a bonus, the yatrees were fortunate to visit the BAPS Swaminarayan Temple in Bartlett, IL followed by a temple tour.


JSMW looks forward to your presence at the Khanan Vidhi program this weekend under the guidance of Narendrabhai Nandu. The program starts on Friday night at 8pm with Bhavna at the Jain Center,1021 Briggs Chaney Road, Silver Spring, MD 20905.

We continue with our events on Saturday at Paint Branch High School, 14121 Old Columbia Pike, Burtonsville, MD 20866 with lunch from 11:30-12:15pm sharp to allow our 24 Tirthankar Poojan to begin promptly at 12:39pm followed by Swamivatsalya dinner. During the course of the 24 Tirthankar Poojan, the ghee bolis will be taken for the main Khanan Vidhi events.

Finally, on Sunday morning the Khanan Vidhi program begins at 7:45am sharp. All participants should park at the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir at 4320 Ammendale Rd, Beltsville, MD 20705. For the physically disabled, there will be a shuttle available to the site from 7:30am to 9am. All others will be walking under the guidance of police officers. The event will be followed by Swamivatsalya Lunch in the Dining Hall of the BAPS Mandir.

Full details about the program can be found at http://jsmw.org/kvidhi.


Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington is proud to announce the Khanan Vidhi (groundbreaking) program for the new Jain Center - Shikarbhandhi Temple that will be held at the site on June 11th. This dharmic event will be graced by Narendrabhai Nandu and team. You are cordially invited to participate in the program that will last the entire weekend from Jun 9th evening, leading up to the ground breaking ceremony on June 11th.

Jain Society Of Metropolitan Washington DC (JSMW) invites the Jain Sanghs, families and friends across the nation to participate in this auspicious and joyous ceremony with the JSMW families.

JSMW has arranged special accommodation for the visiting sangh members at a nearby hotel at a special subsidized rate. JSMW will provide transportation to and from the hotel to the program locations. Please contact JSMW Khanan Vidhi team at kvidhi@jainsocietydc.org for any questions.

Full details about the program can be found at http://jsmw.org/kvidhi.


A “Jain’s Got Talent” was held on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016, at the specifically decorated auditorium of Shri Mangal Mandir under the auspices of Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington (JSMW). This show was the first ever event in the history of the Society since its establishment in the year 1980.

Dr. Shah also mentioned about routine doctors visit and requested that all attendees meets their doctor annually at least for their routine health checkups. After the speech was over, all attendees decided to introduce themselves and the reason everyone why everyone attended the meeting, what they would like this group to talk about, their professions, talents that they would like to share for future meetings. A common goal for everyone was financial planning, tax help, learning stock markets, Yoga, Jainism in today’s world, charity-donation in India. Some younger group of women also showed interest about the generation differences at home and in school. At the end of the meeting, tea/ coffee & snacks were served.

Note: Today’s Women is a local chapter of “Women’s Committee” established at a national level by JAINA under the leadership of Dr. Mamta Shaha as its first Chairwoman and Pramodaben Chitrabhanu as its Co-Chair. As such, Today’s Women provides a platform where our JSMW women can gather, discuss everyday issues, problems, be involved in creative activities, network and socialize in an intellectual way.


Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington proudly unveils a spectacular 3D Model and a 3D Virtual Tour of their Future New Jain Temple.

Silver Spring, MD, USA (Mar 27, 2017) - Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington (JSMW) organized a very successful Fundraising Gala event themed “Dreams to Reality” with the flagship attraction of the event - the unveiling of a stunning replica 3D model (scaled 1:40) and showing of a lifelike 3D virtual tour of their new Shikharbandhi (a temple with a dome) Jain Temple. In an afternoon filled with celebrations and philanthropy, three generation of JSMW members and guests walked down memory lane with video clips from the Prathistha day (Consecration Day) of the current Jain Center from 1989 along with several clips from the Mahavir JanmaKalyanak (Birth of Lord Mahavira) programs over the past 20 years. Several members, who had performed as children in those events, were nostalgic to be attending the Gala with children of their own. The new Jain Center is envisioned to be an all-inclusive 24,000 sq. ft. facility connected to a 6,000 sq. ft. temple complex.




They collected clothes via a donation box in the temple, as well as in Pathshala, with incentives for the class who collected the most. Overall, JYOC collected a little under 3,000 items of clothing in the span of around 6 weeks. This was extremely successful for JYOC’s first event! On January 27th, 2017, these clothes were donated to Shepherd's Table located in Silver Spring, MD, and from there they were distributed to the homeless and disadvantaged in the immediate area.


The performance of each participant was evaluated by a panel of three judges from outside the JSMW. Based solely on their evaluations, the winning performances within each of the four categories, were called upon the stage, and the first and second prize winners received trophies from the judges.

The auditorium was packed to capacity by the attendees whose general reaction was that the program of the talent show was a “grand success” and that all arrangements were well-thought out with meticulous planning as expressed by the attendees.
The program which began at 11 a.m. concluded at sharp 5 p.m.
More information can be found at:http://jsmw.org/2016/12/13/jgt-summary/


On Saturday, 3rd September, Swapna Ceremony as part of Paryushan parva were celebrated with around 500 familes. Dr Jitendra Shah explained the importance of each Swapna and the participating members had the honour to carry each swapna to the stage of the auditorium. The Pathshala Class G graduating students were recognized for their hard work. The participants of Pathshala 2016 Essay Competition were also reognised.
The ceremony lasting for several hours concluded with Aarti and Mangal Divo and was followed by Swami Vatsalya Bhojan (dinner) at the spacious cafeteria hall of the above High School for all attendees of the auspicious function. An impassioned appeal was made by Dr. Sushil Jain, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, to ensure regular flow of donations for the building fund so as to expedite construction of the proposed multi-million dollar Shikhar Bandhi temple for which plans and drawings have already been approved.
Center President & JAINA DirectorS
Center President

Sharad Doshi
JAINA Director

Sharad Doshi
JAINA Director

Kamlesh Shah
JAINA Director

Harshad Shah

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1021 Briggs Chancey Rd.
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www.jainsocietydc.com
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