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  • 1 JSNE Newsletter: August 2016 – www.jsne.org

    Jain Sangh of New England 223 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA 01803

    www.JSNE.org 781-221-7864

    President Rinesh Palkhiwala - 978-256-1620

    Vice President

    Ushir Shah - 603-880-6222

    Secretary

    Dipak Kamdar - 603-888-5607

    Treasurer Sanjay Shah - 781-354-9148

    Building Operations Ajay Vora - 508-543-0626

    Pathshala Director Hemant Shah -781-784-7098

    Directors

    Pushpa Shah - 781-270-9237

    Vijay V Shah - 412-320-1426

    Miral Shah - 978-501-7508

    Jayesh Kamdar - 603-881-8090

    Gaurav Shah - 781-492-3083

    Samkit Shah - 315-350-9452

    Jagruti Mehta - 781-376-0176

    Vipin Madhani – 781-270-0369

    Riddhi Palkhiwala – 978-614-5054

    [Youth Representative]

    Board Of Trustees Vijay Shah -- 781-245-0051 Anil Shah -- 781-272-3666

    Bipin Parikh -- 781-334-3580 Vijay Lathia -- 978-808-2510

    Jasvant Shah -- 781-272-5344

    JSNE - Upcoming Events

    August 11 to 13: Respected Tarlaben’s lectures - Details sent via separate email.

    August 29 – September 05 : Paryusan Parv with

    Shri Champakbhai Mehta [Pandit] from Mumbai.

    September 03, Saturday: Swapna Darshan &

    Mahavir Janma Vanchan

    September 04, Sunday: 8 prakari Puja followed by

    Snatra Puja

    September 05, Monday: Barsa Sutra Vanchan &

    Samvatsari Pratikraman

    September 06, Tuesday: Shree Sangh Samuh

    Parana

    September 10, Saturday: Sattar [17] Bhedi Pooja and

    Tapasvi Bahuman [ Shri BhadraBahuji]

    October 08 to October 16: Ayambil Oli

    October 30, Sunday: Diwali - Aarti & Mangal Divo and

    Diwali Night Jaap

    October 31, Monday: New Year Gabharo Opening &

    Sangh Greetings

    Other regular rituals:

    Daily “Ashta Prakari Pooja” performed by volunteers in

    rotation

    Daily Aarti and Mangal Divo: Aarti – Mangal Divo is performed

    every day in the evening at JSNE temple by different volunteers.

    If you wish to participate, please inform the assigned

    volunteer(s) and confirm the time. Visit

    http://jsne.org/aartidivoschedule.aspx to check current list of

    volunteers.

    http://www.jsne.org/http://www.jsne.org/http://jsne.org/aartidivoschedule.aspx

  • 2 JSNE Newsletter: August 2016 – www.jsne.org

    Recent activities at JSNE

    5th Pratishtha anniversary program: Sangh members celebrated 5th anniversary of pratishtha with great enthusiasm

    and “Bhav” with Shri Niravbhai Sanghvi [Kadiwala]of Mumbai. We had 18 Abhishek and Shri 99 Prakari Pooja of

    Girnarji performed during the week end of May 7th & 8th. Musical support provided by Kalpesh Shah from Washington

    DC helped increase our “bhakti bhav”. It was the first in USA, and one of its kinds “Bhav-Yatra” to Girnarji & Neminath

    Dada.

    Since this year it was 5th Anniversary celebration, we extended it to two weekends; as most of you witnessed, on May

    15th we had a grand Musical show – “Karmo Ni Karamat”. The show was put together by a dedicated team of directors

    and volunteers from our Sangh. More than 100 participants – ages from Rookies kids at Pathshala to Grand Pa,

    enjoyed being part of this very successful show [details in Pathshala Section of this NL].

    July 18, 2016 | Chaumasi Chaudas & Pakkhi Pratikraman: About 15 Sangh members performed 8 Prakari Pooja,

    “Ekasana”, & traditional “Dev Vandan”. 10+ ladies and four men [separately] performed Chaumasi Pratikraman on the

    Chaumasi Chaudas on July 18, 2016.

    Detailed schedule of activities during Paryushan Parva 2016

    Date Time Event 08/29 & 08/30 Monday & Tuesday Shravan Vad Baras & Teras Paryushana Day 1 & 2

    9:30AM -11:00AM Ashtprakari Pooja – Prakshal starts at 9:30 AM sharp

    11:00AM - 12:00PM Lecture

    12:00PM – 1:00PM

    Ekasana - Please RSVP – Regular lunch will not be served on this days

    6:30PM – 8:00PM Evening pratikraman

    8:00PM - 9:00PM Lecture and/or Bhavna followed by Aarti Mangaldivo 08/31 Wednesday Shravan Vad Chaudas Day-3

    9:30AM -11:00AM Ashtprakari Pooja and– Prakshal starts at 9:00 AM sharp

    11:00AM – 12:00PM Lecture

    12:00PM- 1:00PM Ekasana - Please RSVP – Regular lunch will not be served on this days

    5:45PM - 8:00PM Evening Pakkhi Pratikraman

    8:00PM - 9:00PM Lecture and/or Bhavna followed by Aarti Mangaldivo

    09/01 Thursday Shravan Vad Amas Day-4

    9:30AM -11:00AM Ashtprakari Pooja – Prakshal starts at 9:30 AM sharp

    11:00AM - 12:00PM Lecture

    12:00PM – 1:00PM

    Ekasana - Please RSVP – Regular lunch will not be served on this days

    6:30PM – 8:00PM Evening pratikraman

    8:00PM - 9:00PM Lecture and/or Bhavna followed by Aarti Mangaldivo

    09/02, Friday Bhadarva Sud Ekam Besto Mahino Day-5

    9:00AM - 11:30AM Ashtprakari Pooja & Snatra Pooja– Prakshal starts at 9:00 AM sharp

    11:30AM - 12:30PM Lecture

    12:30PM - 1:30PM Ekasana - Please RSVP – Regular lunch will not be served on this day

    6:30PM - 8:00PM Evening Pratikraman

    8:00PM - 9:00PM Lecture and/or Bhavana followed by Aarti Mangaldivo

    http://www.jsne.org/

  • 3 JSNE Newsletter: August 2016 – www.jsne.org

    09/03, Saturday

    Swapna Darshan and Janma Vanchan Bhadarva Sud Bij Day-6

    9:00AM -11:30AM Ashtprakari Pooja – Prakshal starts at 9 AM sharp

    11:30AM - 1:30PM Lunch and Ekasana. - Please RSVP *Last dish will be served at 1:00PM*

    1:30PM - 5:30PM Boli, Swpna Darshan, Janma Vanchan

    5:30PM - 6:30PM Light snacks will be served after the Swapna Darshan (To avoid Ratri Bhojan, No food will be served/allowed to eat after the sunset)

    6:45PM - 7:15PM Aarti – Mangaldivo

    7:30PM - 8:30PM Evening Pratikraman

    8:30PM -9:30PM Bhavana at Derasar

    09/04, Sunday Bhadarva Sud Trij Day 7

    9:00AM - 12:00AM Ashtprakari Pooja & Snatra Pooja– Prakshal starts at 9:00 AM sharp [ Pathshala Kids]

    12:00AM - 12:30PM Lecture

    12:30PM - 1:30PM Lunch & Ekasana - Please RSVP

    6:30PM - 8:00PM Evening pratikraman

    8:00PM - 9:00PM Lecture and/or Bhavna followed by Aarti Mangaldivo

    09/05, Monday [Labor Day Holiday]

    Samvatsari Maha Parva

    9:00AM -10:30AM Ashtprakari Pooja – Prakshal starts at 9:00 AM sharp

    10:30AM - 12:30PM Barsa Sutra Vanchan & Dhaliya

    12:30PM – 1:30PM Only Ekasana – regular lunch will not be served on this day

    4:15 PM Samvatsari Pratikraman, Start with sutra boli (Separate boli for Men’s and Women’s pratikraman)

    7:30 PM Aarti - Mangaldivo

    09/06; Tuesday *Parna*

    7:00 AM Samuh Darshan and Chaityavandan

    7:45 AM Parna

    Upcoming Events after Paryushan:

    Saturday, September 10: o Sattar [17] Bhedi Pooja and Tapasvi Bahuman at 9:00AM, followed by Lunch

    Saturday Oct. 8th OR Sunday, Oct. 9th [will be announced]: o Samuh Aayambil at Derasar – 12:00 Noon

    Diwali and New Year Celebration:

    Sunday, October 30th: o Aarti – Mangaldivo and Diwali Ratri Jaap at 8 PM

    Monday, October 31st:

    o New year – 7:00AM – Derasar Dwar opening and Sangh greeting with snacks

    Please follow all parking guidelines provided below during Paryushana Events: Please Do NOT Park on our neighbor BD Carpet building parking lots in the Front, Side and Back of the building as marked in RED in the map. They will tow your vehicle. We may use JSNE back parking lot for Tents for Food service, so DO NOT Park in the back of the Derasar. For more detail please visit JSNE website: http://jsne.org/parking-guidelines/

    http://www.jsne.org/http://jsne.org/parking-guidelines/

  • 4 JSNE Newsletter: August 2016 – www.jsne.org

    How Can You Take “Labh”

    NEW: We are excited to announce that now; you can easily pay for your pledges / make donations electronically through our website.

    Swamivatsalya / Prabhavana Sponsorship:

    Ekasana at the Derasar for all eight days, nakro to sponsor ekasana on Paryushan days is $351 per

    day. -- please RSVP for daily Ekasana

    Saturday, September 03: Swapna Darshan & Mahavir Janma Vanchan –Swamivatsalya for Approx.

    350 people = $3501 [Two or three families can join hands together]

    Sunday, September 02: Swamivatsalya after Snatra Pooja for 200 people = $2001 [Two or three

    families can join hands together]

    Tuesday, September 06: Parana – volunteers to prepare one/two items for 30 – 35 people

    Saturday, September 10: Lunch for 200 people after Sattar Bhedi Pooja = $2001 [Two or three

    families can join hands together]

    Swapna Darshan Ceremony day Prabhavana “Ladoo”: The sponsorship for this is $501. EC will

    take care of order/delivery of this.

    Samvatsari Pratikraman day Prabhavana “Shrifal”: The sponsorship for this is $501. About 150+

    men and 150+ women take part for Samvatsari Pratikraman. EC will take care of order/delivery of

    this.

    Annual Derasar Maintenance Fund:

    As all of you are already aware, and many of you committed to for many years towards JSNE sustaining

    member donation of $350 on an annual basis which has been a big help in taking care of our expenses

    related to maintenance of our Derasar e.g. electricity bill, heating bill, Derasar cleaning, snow removal, any &

    all repairs etc. Since we have our different memberships well defined now, per EC; we are going to rename

    this fund to "Annual Derasar Maintenance Fund" with the same amount of $350/- per year. The name better

    fits the purpose of this fund.

    We hope the members who were contributing $350 on an annual basis towards sustaining a/c will continue to

    contribute towards the newly named fund. We also would like to encourage more and more members to join

    the "Annual Derasar Maintenance Fund".

    This is less than $1 a day commitment for your Own Derasar.

    You can pay $350 at once or sign up for automatic monthly installment of $30/month; on our website.

    JSNE volunteers will personally contact you during Paryusan Parv for your commitment. Please make a

    commitment to keep up and maintain the derasar in the best condition.

    Please contact any EC member if you would like to sponsor any of the above events or

    volunteer your services

    http://www.jsne.org/

  • 5 JSNE Newsletter: August 2016 – www.jsne.org

    JSNE Pathshala

    Jai Jinendra and Pranam. Hope you all having a great summer and are ready with renewed energy and enthusiasm to learn and practice Jainism at Pathshala and daily routine life.

    JSNE Pathshala is now 12 years old and entering in the 13th year. Congratulations and special thanks to all Pathshala students/families, teachers, and JSNE Executive Committee for this spiritual journey. During the past year; we once again successfully accomplished many tasks on hand while we continued to add new dimensions to make Pathshala a better place for students, parents and teachers. Most importantly, support from the parents, community, hard work of staff and the spirit of our students made this happen.

    Pathshala activities – In addition to learning Jain Philosophy, rituals, sutras and stutis, Pathshala students

    enthusiastically participated in the following activities this past year –

    Jain Musical – Karmic Forces (Karmo in Karamat) – One of the biggest successful and most unique cultural event in the JSNE history took place on May 15, 2016 to celebrate the 5th anniversary of JSNE Derasar. More than 100 pathshala and community members were actively involved (as participants, choreographer and volunteers). Special thanks to all of them who were very enthusiastic, dedicated and worked very hard for more than six months to make this program a super success. Special thanks goes JSNE EC for its support and to three individuals – Nimisha Asthagiri (Concept Creator, Production Manager and Script Writer), Grishma Gandhi Shah (Director) and Paulomi Gudka (Music Director) – to make this program unique and very enlightening for all of us with their motivation, dedication and months of hard work.

    Following is the summary of program details –

    An original musical drama – bridging Jain wisdom from the East with modern cultural elements of the West.

    It was a 2 and half-hour journey through the eyes of “Maanvi”, a pathshala student, who learns to control her passions (kashays), after a debate with her “Inside Out” inner voices. She does this conquering her inner “Darth Vader” using the help of Guru “Yoda” and cheery reminders by the innocent “Oompa Loompas”. Yoda takes her on a journey through various lives of Lord Mahavir and reveals Mahavir’s own struggles with His own Kashays throughout His lives.

    The program used elements of Music, Poetry, Dance and Drama from the East and the West, bringing the community together to remind us who we are and ultimately where we can go.

    On June 5th – all the participants, Choreographers and Volunteers were presented with a beautiful memento with special message engraved for each one.

    Volunteer activities for High School students - Since the Spring of 2015, Pathshala has implemented a new initiative to officially recognize the volunteer hours spent by Pathshla High School students for the various JSNE temple activities. We hope this will provide an opportunity to students to visit pathshala and temple more often and be part of the institution where they can learn and practice Jainism, do more community service and become future caretaker of this center.

    For grade 11 and 12th:- option to volunteer during pathshala hours (they don’t have to attend class – option to

    volunteer during that time) – they can also volunteer other times (in addition to pathshala time) – if student

    choose to attend class (in case they don’t want to do volunteer activity at temple) – then they are most

    http://www.jsne.org/

  • 6 JSNE Newsletter: August 2016 – www.jsne.org

    welcome to attend class.

    For grade 9 and 10 – option to volunteer outside the pathshala class time (so if they come during pathshala –

    they attend pathshala) – this way student may start earning volunteer hours when he/she comes in High

    School.

    All the students will be awarded with a signed document for their volunteer hours during high school years.

    Test - On June 12th pathshala, students took written and oral exams on what they learned during the year. Graduation Ceremony – The three graduating students-‘Somil Sanghavi ’, ‘Kunal Shah’ and ‘ Rikin Kamdar’

    were recognized and honored with a Certificate and a small Memento. Kunal shared his reflections on Pathshala at the assembly and Somil send the write up for us to read at the assembly – why it is important to attend pathshala, what they learned at pathshala over the years which will last forever with them. We wish them all the best.

    End-of-year outing – On the last day of Pathshala on June 12th, students, along with parents/teachers, went to the “Chuck E Cheese’s” place in Burlington, MA. 50+ students participated and had fun.

    Pathshala Statistics for year 2015-2016 – Following are some statistics from the last year –

    Total Number of Registered students – 105 Total Number of families directly engaged in Pathshala – 65+

    Pathshala Food and Class Sponsors – Thanks to all the sponsors, who had signed up to bring snacks for pathshala and donated generously to sponsor pathshala classes. We really appreciate your support and count on your continued enthusiasm during the upcoming year, as this is what really keeps all of us growing strong every year. Please visit the pathshala web page for the list of Food and Class Sponsors. The suggested donation amt to sponsor a pathshala session is –

    One class (Rookies to Swadhyay) is $ 51 One Pathshala Session (all classes) is $ 251

    Upcoming Pathshala Activities –

    1st session - The first Pathshala session is on September 11th 2016. We welcome all the returning and new students and thank them to be part of this very important part of the JSNE. Please fill out on-line Registration Form. One per family ASAP. This is an important required form for Pathshala. Registration form is available under Pathshala section in JSNE web page.

    Pathshala time/hours – Based on last year’s positive feedback, we plan to have a total of 12 sessions again this year. The time is from 1:30 to 3:45 pm. Please see ‘Pathshala schedule’ below for this year’s Pathshala session dates.

    Minimum age requirement to attend Pathshala - The student shall be 4 years old and/or in Pre-K to attend Pathshala as of September 2016.

    http://www.jsne.org/

  • 7 JSNE Newsletter: August 2016 – www.jsne.org

    Paryushana – Parva begins on Monday, August 29 and ends on September 05 (Labor Day). The Parva Point sheet is available on JSNE web page under Pathshala section. Student/parent is requested to take the print out of this sheet before the Parushana starts and log all the activities daily. Please fill out one sheet per student and bring the completed sheet on the 1st pathshala day –September 11th at temple.

    Snatra and Ashta Prakari pooja – On Sunday-September 4, 2016, there will be Snatra and Ashta Prakari pooja performed by Pathshala community. The expectation is that kids will join this snatra pooja and perform pooja with the pooja samagri (Fruit, Akshat, Naivedya, etc.) they have brought.

    Award Ceremony – During the October 2nd 2016 pathshala, students will be recognized and awarded for the Parva activity and for a job well done for 2015-2016. This will be based on the year-end award points students accumulate from attendance, homework, and test results.

    Pathshala Schedule – Following is the schedule for the upcoming year 2016-2017.

    September 11, 2016 November 13, 2016 February 12, 2017 April 09 2017

    October 02, 2016 December 11, 2016 March 5, 2017 May 14, 2017

    October 23, 2016 January 08, 2017 March 19, 2017 June 11, 2017

    Pathshala Level and Teachers:- Pathshala level and teachers for each level are as follows :

    Level School Grade Teacher

    Rookies Pre-K and KG Arpita Gosalia, Jainy Shah

    Level 1 1 and 2 Nimisha Asthagiri, Neelam Maru

    Level 2 3 and 4 Dhruti Ashara, Mitul Dalal

    Level 3 5 and 6 Amit Shah, Himanshu Palkhiwala

    Level 4 7 and 8 Haresh Mehta, Hemant Shah

    Level 5 9, 10, 11 and 12 Ajay Vora

    Swathyay Adults Pulkit Shah

    Please visit the website http://jsne.org/pathshala/ for more information, like the Registration form, Paryushana Point

    Sheet, Curriculum, homework, Food and Class sponsors, Attendance/Home Work and Food Policy, past event

    pictures and other resources. The Pathshala web page is updated continuously with the most recent updates and

    forthcoming events.

    Regards

    JSNE Pathshala Team

    http://www.jsne.org/http://jsne.org/pathshala/

  • 8 JSNE Newsletter: August 2016 – www.jsne.org

    Jain Sangh of New England, Inc

    223 Middlesex Turnpike

    Burlington, MA 01803

    To:

    Directions to JSNE Derasar

    From Rt. 3 North / South Take exit 26 for Rt.62 Burlington. Take Rt. 62 towards Burlington, go about a mile. Right on Middlesex Turnpike. Within 1/4th of a mile, Derasar on your left From Rt 93 / Coming from Boston, Andover, NH, etc.)Take Rt. 95 South, Exit 36-B Follow directions from Rt. 95 South below From 95 North / Rt. 128 North Take exit 32B for Middlesex Turnpike toward Burlington. Stay on Middlesex Turnpike. Derasar is on your right, next to B & D carpet From 95 South / Rt. 128 South / Coming from Waltham / R.I. Side Take exit 32B for Middlesex Turnpike toward Burlington/Arlington Turn right at Middlesex Turnpike Stay on Middlesex Turnpike. Derasar is on your right, next to B & D carpet

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