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Winter Coat Drive - JCNC collected over 200 coats and delivered them to charity

posted Jan 24, 2018, 9:15 PM by JCNC Technology   [ updated Feb 9, 2018, 10:29 AM ]

Jai Jinendra,

As Jains our first instinct is to give and share. We believe it is our duty to make people feel special during this cold winter season. As teens in the JCNC Youth Club and JCNC YJA team, we request you to come by the temple and donate winter clothing to our coat drive, celebrating the third year we have held a coat drive.  The Coat Drive is to raise awareness of the people living at or below the poverty line and to make them feel warm, hopefully with a new or gently used winter coat.

Please donate new or gently used coats (any size), gloves, or scarves (any winter clothing). Drop your donations in the red bins labeled Coat Drive located under the main staircase in the temple. We will accept donations of all winter clothing until Feb. 4, 2018 till 2 PM. We will be donating them to the One Warm Coat organization located in Fremont. 

Please contact Riddhi Mehta at riddhirsm@gmail.com or Pranay Patni at pranaypatni96@gmail.com or Shobha Vora at shvora2010@gmail.com for more information. Thank you for your help and support.

Regards

JCNC Youth Club & JCNC YJA Members

Recap of Improvement Needed at JCNC & Concluding Notes (President's Message Part-II) Please Allow time to Read!

posted Dec 31, 2017, 2:35 PM by JCNC Technology   [ updated Jan 2, 2018, 3:01 PM ]

Dear JCNC Members,

Season’s Greetings and Jai Jinendra!

As the year draws to close, so does the term of this Executive Committee. Before signing off, I try to share the good note and the “Improvement needed” areas as a part of the outgoing President, I covered mostly all goodies in the Part-I email and further here, I would like to cover some of the gray areas based on my close observation in last two years, please consider them as a constructive feedback in a harmonious environment to improve and priorities further wherever needed.

Part-I

If you missed the Part-I email then here is another opportunity to read; attached please find the PDF file for the same. Herewith, I’ve mostly covered good news, a roundup executive summary of the major events that we’ve successfully celebrated this year at JCNC.

Part-II

Here is the concluding part of the year-end communication.

I would like to begin with an old moral story “Unity Is Strength” –Once, an old man was very ill and lay dying in his bed. He had four sons who were al­ways fighting with each other. He always worried about them and wanted to teach them a lesson and asked his sons to come to him. When they came, the old man gave them a bundle of sticks and said, “Can you break these sticks?”

The first son tried to break the bundle but nothing hap­pened. He tried very hard and finally gave up. Then it was the turn of the second son to try his luck. He thought it would be an easy task and picked up the sticks easily. He tried his best to break the sticks but nothing happened. Then, the third son tried to break the bundle of sticks, but he couldn’t do anything either. Meanwhile, the youngest son jeered at his brothers and thought they were very incom­petent. He thought he was very clever and took one stick at a time and easily broke all of them.

The old father then smiled at his sons and said, “Children, do you understand what hap­pened? It is always easy to break the sticks one by one. But when they are bundled together, none of you could break them. In the same way, you four brothers should always be together. No one will be able to hurt you then.” The four brothers realized what their father was trying to teach them and forgot all their enmity and learned that unity is a strength.

From that day onwards, they never fought with each other and lived together in peace and harmony.

The Jain faith has stood the test of time and has taught humans the values of inner peace, ahimsa, and tolerance – values the world needs more than ever before. We are fortunate, blessed and proud to be a part of this movement that continues to shape humanity, our communities and our own selves every passing day.

Whereas in India and various other places in North America, we notice increasing sectarianism within Jain communities, we are the fortune at JCNC that by-and-large our community believes in a unified, harmonious and cooperative coexistence of all Jain traditions. We started as a “prefix-less” Jain organization and we continue to thrive as one. I am very proud to have had the opportunity to serve this unique community. At the same time, I would like to take a note and caution that we must stay vigilant to make sure sectarianism does not creep into our organization. We are unified Jains, and we must continuously work hard to stay a unified community.

"If something is meant to go elsewhere, it will never come your way, but if it is yours by destiny, from you it cannot flee. Go easy on ..."

At JCNC, based on the current membership data, as of today we’ve about 1080 life members, 300+ annual family members, and 80 annual individual members, total about 1460 active family members, and if we multiply average 3 individual members per family then we get about 4400 individual registered members of all ages, this tally doesn’t account for hundreds of non-members, who also visit JCNC regularly. The below list of some of the gray areas is based on the huge membership vs. our current capacity of the center. We all need to pay attention and resolve them appropriately wherever possible.

  • Parking Problem:
    Parking continues to be a nagging problem, this is a known issue in the whole community and a hot problem to look at on a priority, we only have 106 parking on the premises, its impacts most of all the big events where we invite the whole Sangh together, our team tried to solve it in multiple different ways - ranging from a temporary solution like servicing from a remote parking lot using shuttle service to a permanent, albeit a partial solution; like the next door building. At the end, a viable solution will require our community’s willingness to participate.
  • Quality of Pathshala Program:
    Pathshala program has expanded considerably from our original estimates, which is a positive development, we’ve about 415+ registered Jain shala students, and we tried to improve the logistics part by splitting the shala into two: a senior shala on 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays and junior shala on 2nd and 4th Sundays, this arrangement helped in many ways, including creating a peaceful learning environment, improving on safety and security of the members, crowd control management, parking arrangements, shala-snacks programs and serving, etc. However, we need to thoroughly review and update all aspects of the program including curriculum, scheduling, resources, parking space, volunteer-teacher participation and qualification, snacks, teachers training, etc. we will work with the incoming team as needed.
  • Food and Swamivatsalya Program:
    Our Food team is overstretched. It is a volunteer-run organization like all other departments, with a scope of work that ranks among the highest of our teams. However, the team is not empowered like the other teams; for example, we do not have an elected VP who has an authority that accompanies responsibility. The BoD and community need to look into this and configure an appropriate solution. Another big question is about the kitchen and dining capacity vs. safety, security, and crowd Mgmt tasks, it’s going beyond our control many a time. For regular Pathshala, at least we are trying to improve and started serving only the children focused “Shala snacks” based on many inputs we received which tell us to avoid the adult-based full meals on Shala Sundays.
  • Election 2017 Results and Analysis:
    Executive Elections are very important part of our organizational processes at JCNC. We have noticed that only about a third of our eligible members participate in elections, which is very low, only 799 (appx. 32% ) voters voted out of about 2400 qualified voters (about 1240 registered families).
    We would like to see much more community participation and voter turnout. We will work with the incoming BOD/EC team with a few process improvement ideas as needed.
  • Governance Committee:
    EC has a full plate job in hands, however, many a time, our energy is drawn to handle the grievance, and problem resolution from regular operations of various types such as issues within EC members, BOD members, Volunteers, Community Complaint, etc., having a solid governance committee to oversee the problems/resolution of all such kind would help.
  • JCNC “NextGen” Family (the US Born families) Activities (Launched, Jan 2017):
    Many a time we noticed and heard the general complaint from community members saying their US-born youth and young adults are not encouraged enough to come to JCNC, therefore, we need to start exploring this problem, why is it like that? what are we missing here?  what can we do to improve the inflow of good participation of US-born in all ages, in fact, we tried this year and supported a group of NextGen Jains to hold regular social/ religious/educational meet-ups at Jain Bhawan, keeping a goal of bringing them back and re-engaging them in JCNC activities, we need continuous more work here.
  • A Couple Projects on Hold:
    Following are the project that we started but couldn’t explore much due to lack of time and resources, I think these can also be explored further by next EC:
    • JCNC Community Directory
    • JCNC Mobile Apps
    • Trip to LA Sangh
    • Panch Tirth Yatra to Palitana or Samat Shikharji India
I would also point out that we are a completely volunteer-based organization. Our elected EC members work exceptionally hard, unlike any other organization that I know, and all of us strive to serve our community and Jain Dharma to the best of abilities and with pure service-oriented intentions. With the multitude of activities we undertake, some slips are bound to occur. Whereas I would like to apologize for any and all slips in the last two years, I would like to humbly request for patience from our members as well. It does not help and is de-motivational when we hear sharply negative rebukes for the slips that occur when the working volunteers are earnestly trying their best. It does not help to see every complaint exaggerated much beyond the actuality. Our Jain philosophy teaches us to be tolerant, friendly, peaceful, accommodating, cordial, truthful and respectful. I can assure you that every member of my team worked hard to comply with those positive attributes.

In last two years, we exponentially helped the movement to encourage the younger leadership to come forward and serve Jain Dharma in many ways, this will help JCNC to have a good inflow of skilled volunteers and good leaders in future to serve further.

I tried to cover all the topics that I’ve in mind, also I have a couple straight humble requests to all my fellow Jains, please try NOT to politicize our Jain Dharma, try Not to Polarize JCNC in homegrown traditions, try NOT to hurt others feeling, just believe-in we are Jains and we are united and integrated as brothers and sisters of all traditions and beliefs.

Once again, I sincerely thank my parents for all the good deeds and sanskars, my father is my continuous inspiration and the backbone of all my spiritually upliftment and social works.

Now it’s time for me to get a recess and go back learn more, more about life, mission peak hike, and more about Jain Dharma. I sign off with a good news that we did achieve the operation revenue goal of $960K this year (excluding donations from the BOD sponsored projects such as expansion and/or enhancement), and wishing the next committee all our continuing enthusiastic support, and of course, all the blessings of Tirthankara Shri Adinathji, Shri Mahavir Swamiji, and Shri Parshvanathji that all of us be the source of progress and the power of positive energy all around.

If I or any of our JCNC officials have hurt you knowingly or unknowingly, I ask your forgiveness on behalf of all of us. Michchhami Dukkadam.

Again, we thank you for your support. Happy Holidays and Wishing all the best for the year 2018.

Yogesh Bapna
JCNC President 2016-17
Jain Center of Northern California

president@jcnc.org

“Thoughts can lead us to hell and thoughts can lead us to heaven. Thoughts can even lead the soul to liberation. You master your thoughts.”


[JCNC] Recap of Improvement Needed at JCNC & Concluding Notes (President's Message Part-II) Please Allow time to Read!

posted Dec 31, 2017, 10:10 AM by JCNC Technology

Dear JCNC Members,

Season’s Greetings and Jai Jinendra!

As the year draws to close, so does the term of this Executive Committee. Before signing off, I try to share the good note and the “Improvement needed” areas as a part of the outgoing President, I covered mostly all goodies in the Part-I email and further here, I would like to cover some of the gray areas based on my close observation in last two years, please consider them as a constructive feedback in a harmonious environment to improve and priorities further wherever needed.

Part-I

If you missed the Part-I email then here is another opportunity to read; attached please find the PDF file for the same. Herewith, I’ve mostly covered good news, a roundup executive summary of the major events that we’ve successfully celebrated this year at JCNC.

Part-II

Here is the concluding part of the year-end communication.

I would like to begin with an old moral story “Unity Is Strength” –Once, an old man was very ill and lay dying in his bed. He had four sons who were al­ways fighting with each other. He always worried about them and wanted to teach them a lesson and asked his sons to come to him. When they came, the old man gave them a bundle of sticks and said, “Can you break these sticks?”

The first son tried to break the bundle but nothing hap­pened. He tried very hard and finally gave up. Then it was the turn of the second son to try his luck. He thought it would be an easy task and picked up the sticks easily. He tried his best to break the sticks but nothing happened. Then, the third son tried to break the bundle of sticks, but he couldn’t do anything either. Meanwhile, the youngest son jeered at his brothers and thought they were very incom­petent. He thought he was very clever and took one stick at a time and easily broke all of them.

The old father then smiled at his sons and said, “Children, do you understand what hap­pened? It is always easy to break the sticks one by one. But when they are bundled together, none of you could break them. In the same way, you four brothers should always be together. No one will be able to hurt you then.” The four brothers realized what their father was trying to teach them and forgot all their enmity and learned that unity is a strength.

From that day onwards, they never fought with each other and lived together in peace and harmony.

The Jain faith has stood the test of time and has taught humans the values of inner peace, ahimsa, and tolerance – values the world needs more than ever before. We are fortunate, blessed and proud to be a part of this movement that continues to shape humanity, our communities and our own selves every passing day.

Whereas in India and various other places in North America, we notice increasing sectarianism within Jain communities, we are the fortune at JCNC that by-and-large our community believes in a unified, harmonious and cooperative coexistence of all Jain traditions. We started as a “prefix-less” Jain organization and we continue to thrive as one. I am very proud to have had the opportunity to serve this unique community. At the same time, I would like to take a note and caution that we must stay vigilant to make sure sectarianism does not creep into our organization. We are unified Jains, and we must continuously work hard to stay a unified community.

"If something is meant to go elsewhere, it will never come your way, but if it is yours by destiny, from you it cannot flee. Go easy on ..."

At JCNC, based on the current membership data, as of today we’ve about 1080 life members, 300+ annual family members, and 80 annual individual members, total about 1460 active family members, and if we multiply average 3 individual members per family then we get about 4400 individual registered members of all ages, this tally doesn’t account for hundreds of non-members, who also visit JCNC regularly. The below list of some of the gray areas is based on the huge membership vs. our current capacity of the center. We all need to pay attention and resolve them appropriately wherever possible.

  • Parking Problem:
    Parking continues to be a nagging problem, this is a known issue in the whole community and a hot problem to look at on a priority, we only have 106 parking on the premises, its impacts most of all the big events where we invite the whole Sangh together, our team tried to solve it in multiple different ways - ranging from a temporary solution like servicing from a remote parking lot using shuttle service to a permanent, albeit a partial solution; like the next door building. At the end, a viable solution will require our community’s willingness to participate.
  • Quality of Pathshala Program:
    Pathshala program has expanded considerably from our original estimates, which is a positive development, we’ve about 415+ registered Jain shala students, and we tried to improve the logistics part by splitting the shala into two: a senior shala on 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays and junior shala on 2nd and 4th Sundays, this arrangement helped in many ways, including creating a peaceful learning environment, improving on safety and security of the members, crowd control management, parking arrangements, shala-snacks programs and serving, etc. However, we need to thoroughly review and update all aspects of the program including curriculum, scheduling, resources, parking space, volunteer-teacher participation and qualification, snacks, teachers training, etc. we will work with the incoming team as needed.
  • Food and Swamivatsalya Program:
    Our Food team is overstretched. It is a volunteer-run organization like all other departments, with a scope of work that ranks among the highest of our teams. However, the team is not empowered like the other teams; for example, we do not have an elected VP who has an authority that accompanies responsibility. The BoD and community need to look into this and configure an appropriate solution. Another big question is about the kitchen and dining capacity vs. safety, security, and crowd Mgmt tasks, it’s going beyond our control many a time. For regular Pathshala, at least we are trying to improve and started serving only the children focused “Shala snacks” based on many inputs we received which tell us to avoid the adult-based full meals on Shala Sundays.
  • Election 2017 Results and Analysis:
    Executive Elections are very important part of our organizational processes at JCNC. We have noticed that only about a third of our eligible members participate in elections, which is very low, only 799 (appx. 32% ) voters voted out of about 2400 qualified voters (about 1240 registered families).
    We would like to see much more community participation and voter turnout. We will work with the incoming BOD/EC team with a few process improvement ideas as needed.
  • Governance Committee:
    EC has a full plate job in hands, however, many a time, our energy is drawn to handle the grievance, and problem resolution from regular operations of various types such as issues within EC members, BOD members, Volunteers, Community Complaint, etc., having a solid governance committee to oversee the problems/resolution of all such kind would help.
  • JCNC “NextGen” Family (the US Born families) Activities (Launched, Jan 2017):
    Many a time we noticed and heard the general complaint from community members saying their US-born youth and young adults are not encouraged enough to come to JCNC, therefore, we need to start exploring this problem, why is it like that? what are we missing here?  what can we do to improve the inflow of good participation of US-born in all ages, in fact, we tried this year and supported a group of NextGen Jains to hold regular social/ religious/educational meet-ups at Jain Bhawan, keeping a goal of bringing them back and re-engaging them in JCNC activities, we need continuous more work here.
  • A Couple Projects on Hold:
    Following are the project that we started but couldn’t explore much due to lack of time and resources, I think these can also be explored further by next EC:
    • JCNC Community Directory
    • JCNC Mobile Apps
    • Trip to LA Sangh
    • Panch Tirth Yatra to Palitana or Samat Shikharji India
I would also point out that we are a completely volunteer-based organization. Our elected EC members work exceptionally hard, unlike any other organization that I know, and all of us strive to serve our community and Jain Dharma to the best of abilities and with pure service-oriented intentions. With the multitude of activities we undertake, some slips are bound to occur. Whereas I would like to apologize for any and all slips in the last two years, I would like to humbly request for patience from our members as well. It does not help and is de-motivational when we hear sharply negative rebukes for the slips that occur when the working volunteers are earnestly trying their best. It does not help to see every complaint exaggerated much beyond the actuality. Our Jain philosophy teaches us to be tolerant, friendly, peaceful, accommodating, cordial, truthful and respectful. I can assure you that every member of my team worked hard to comply with those positive attributes.

In last two years, we exponentially helped the movement to encourage the younger leadership to come forward and serve Jain Dharma in many ways, this will help JCNC to have a good inflow of skilled volunteers and good leaders in future to serve further.

I tried to cover all the topics that I’ve in mind, also I have a couple straight humble requests to all my fellow Jains, please try NOT to politicize our Jain Dharma, try Not to Polarize JCNC in homegrown traditions, try NOT to hurt others feeling, just believe-in we are Jains and we are united and integrated as brothers and sisters of all traditions and beliefs.

Once again, I sincerely thank my parents for all the good deeds and sanskars, my father is my continuous inspiration and the backbone of all my spiritually upliftment and social works.

Now it’s time for me to get a recess and go back learn more, more about life, mission peak hike, and more about Jain Dharma. I sign off with a good news that we did achieve the operation revenue goal of $960K this year (excluding donations from the BOD sponsored projects such as expansion and/or enhancement), and wishing the next committee all our continuing enthusiastic support, and of course, all the blessings of Tirthankara Shri Adinathji, Shri Mahavir Swamiji, and Shri Parshvanathji that all of us be the source of progress and the power of positive energy all around.

If I or any of our JCNC officials have hurt you knowingly or unknowingly, I ask your forgiveness on behalf of all of us. Michchhami Dukkadam.

Again, we thank you for your support. Happy Holidays and Wishing all the best for the year 2018.

Yogesh Bapna
JCNC President 2016-17
Jain Center of Northern California

president@jcnc.org

“Thoughts can lead us to hell and thoughts can lead us to heaven. Thoughts can even lead the soul to liberation. You master your thoughts.”

Recap of the major JCNC events in 2017 (President’s Message - Part I)

posted Dec 26, 2017, 8:31 PM by JCNC Technology   [ updated Dec 29, 2017, 12:37 PM ]

Dear JCNC Members,

Jai Jinendra,

Wow, I wonder how fast good time flies, we are already in the last week of the year; a sensational year 2017 at JCNC. I would wish to recap and honestly share good as well as bad or so-called “Improvement needed” tasks/activities that I noticed in the last two years of my JCNC Presidency. Please allow me this one final act in the two phases, Part-I; I emailed here today and a follow-up Part-II in a couple days before the New Year.

Part-I

Let’s start out with a good note first, and I’m delighted to represent the round up executive summary of the major events that we’ve celebrated this year, which I'm confident, making all of us proud

But before I start, do you want to guess how many events we’ve conducted this year in 2017 at JCNC? Just a rough guess!!! Any guesses!!....Ok, here you go then.

Special Events 2017

  1. Launched The US Presidents Volunteer Service Awards 2017 (such program launched first time ever at JCNC)
  2. Supported a group of NextGen Jains to hold regular social/religious/educational meet-ups at Jain Bhawan, keeping a goal to bringing them back and re-engaging them in JCNC activities
  3. Visit by LA Jain Sangh (45 people) Snatra Puja followed by lunch - June 25
  4. Installed Surveillance Camera downstairs and webcasting high grade camera upstairs
  5. 5th Diksha Anniversary of Sadhvi Shri Sanghamitraji in the auspicious presence of Aacharya Shri Chandanaji - July 14 to July 16 (very well received, 400 for Bhavana, 800 each day for morning lunches)
  6. Performed auspicious Chhatra (छत्र) Ceremony to all Gabara Pratimaji (first ever in 17 years, tremendous participation)
  7. Performed auspicious Sihansan (सिंहासन) Ceremony to all Gabara Dhatu Pratimaji (first ever in 17 years)
  8. 150th Janma Jayanti celebration of the Yug Purush Shrimad Rajchandra in the auspicious presence of Shri Dipakbhai Bhimani– 3 day event - Aug 11 to Aug 13 – about 900 meals served
  9. Musical Bhavna by visiting singer Shri Kummar Chatterjee - Aug 11 – well-praised event, about 300 people attended
  10. Reviving of JCNC Library
  11. Talk and workshop by Dr. Bimal Chhajer - Sep 29, Friday and Sep 30, Saturday: (100+ participates attended, video recorded)
  12. Ghabhara Pratimaji and Bhomati Pratimaji Restoration Project (auspicious, first time in 17 years of JCNC history, we restored Pratimajis, it’s BOD approved work, please do visit temple darshan and take dharma laabh)

Religious Events 2017

  1. Cha Gau Yatra Celebration Sunday, March 12 (tremendous response, food-carnival, a replica of Palitana/Art Exhibits, Shatrunjay Bhav Yatra)
  2. Shashwati Ayambil Oli & Parna April 3 to April 12 (record breaking participation)
  3. Shrimad Rajchandra Dehotsarg Din Celebration, April 15
  4. Bhagwan Mahavir Janma Kalyanak Celebration, April 16 (3000+ meals lunch/dinner, 300+ performers, 200+ volunteers, 22 entrees, invited govt officials)
  5. Pu. Prabhushriji Dehatsarg Din, Samadhi Maran, May 5 & 6
  6. Shibir with Saman Shrutaprajnaji (2 Days event) - May 13 & 14 (huge success, an event of yoga, meditations, pravachana, and much more)
  7. Shri Vardhaman Shakrastav Mantra-Abhishek Upstairs by Shri Nayanbhai followed by lunch - May 13 (Unique religious events, hugely participated)
  8. Navkar Mantra Anushthan by Shri Harshbhai Chhadva - May 28 (another unique religious event celebrated at JCNC)
  9. Chomasi Chaudash (whole day program with 100 Ekasana) - July 8
  10. Digamber tradition sponsored Shanti Vidhan followed by Swamivatsalya lunch - July 22 (widely participated)
  11. Samniji Bhavit Pragyaji and Samniji Ratna Pragyaji lectures and one Day Preksha Dhyan - July  24 to July 30
  12. 17th JCNC Anniversary and Dwaja Ceremony under the guidance of vidhikar Shri Narendra Bhai Nanduji - Aug 4  to Aug 7
  13. Paryushan Mahaparva - Aug 18 to Aug 25 - Sapana Ceremony, Samvatsari Pratikraman, Tapasvi Parna (12K meals/ekasana served, 5k people visited during 18-day program, 2800 Samvatsari Pratikraman, 120+ big tapasyas, 80 attahis, 140+ volunteers)
  14. Das Lakshan Dharma Mahaparva - Aug 26 to Sep 4 (meals served all weekend, 5 days total, about 3000 lunches, 6 big tapasyas)
  15. JCNC Tapasvi Bahuman and Kshamapana - Sep 9  (350 people attended)
  16. Lecture Series by Shri Tarlaben Doshi – Sep 1 5 to Sep 17
  17. Lecture Series by Samaniji Dr.Suyashnidhiji and Samaniji Shri Sudhannidhiji - Sep 18 to Sep 24
  18. Shashwati Ayambil Oli  - September 27  to October 5 (65 Olis, average 80 daily participants, Sat/Sun 100 Ayambils)
  19. Shri Atmasiddhi Shashtra’-Rachana Din  and Shri Prabhushriji’s Janma Jayanti Celebration - Oct 8, Sunday (125 people attended)
  20. Actual Mahavir Nirvan Kalyanak Day, Nirvan Laadu (morning), Deepawali, Snatra Puja (morning) Pakhi Pratikraman, Chopda Puja** (evening), Samadhi Maran 36 Mala, Musical Evening Aarti, Diwali Jaap - Oct 19, Thursday
  21. Mahavir Nirvan Kalyanak Celebration - Oct 21, Saturday (served 900 meals)
  22. Kartik Purnima- 150 Janam Jayanti Shrimad Rajchandra - Nov 4, Saturday
  23. Posh Dashmi 2017 Celebration – Dec 8 to Dec 17 (various events, - Shri Parshwanath Bhavna, Shri Shankheshwar Bhav Yatra, 108 Parshwanath Pujan, Shri Ashtapad Bhav Yatra, and Antaray Karma Puja led by Shri Nayan Bhai Sanghavi)
  24. Adhar Abhishek Ceremony and resuming regular pakshal/pujan of Ghabhara Pratimaji – Dec 23 (about 120+ people participated)
  25. Various Weekly Swadhayay (Thursday, Saturday, Sunday)
  26. Various regular daily, weekly and monthly programs

 Educational Events 2017

  1. Shala Sleepover on March 25/26 (yearly Shala event)
  2. Shala Graduation Day Celebration - June 4 (Shala Yearly Day – Last Day)
  3. Shala Programs 2017-18 (restructured Junior and Senior Shala concept on the theme of ‘safety first’ and 'optimum use of premises', about 415+ children in Jain Shala, started serving only children focused light snacks, about 60+ Volunteers, including Teachers/Co-Teachers, Kitchen team, 5 Coordinators)
    • First Day of 2017-18 Junior Shala (Toddler, Pre-K, KG, Grade 1, Grade 2) - Sep 10 – about 230+ Junior Jain Shala Registration
    • First Day of 2017-18 Senior Shala (Grade 3 to High School) - Sep 17 – about 185+ Senior Jain Shala Registration
    • Introduced SAT Prep Classes (30+ Registrations)
    • Hindi Shala 95+ Registrations and Gujarati Shala 35+ Registrations
  4. Shala Day Camp – Saturday, Dec 2 ( 65+ Registration)

 Cultural Events 2017

  1. Talk on Managing Stress and Psychosomatic Disorders through Meditation by Villy Doctor's meditation Friday, March 31
  2. Community Health Fair and Blood Drive, April 22 (great response, seva project)
  3. Launched JCNC Cricket League - May 6 to June 11 (started last year and further took it to the next level, about 100+ players participations)
  4. JCNC Picnic at Central Park/Lake Elizabeth Park, Fremont - June 18 (1100 people attended)
  5. JCNC Yearly Raas Garba – Sep 9 (about 250 people participated)
  6. Monthly Sr Mixer Programs moved to Saturday from October 2017 onwards
  7. Annual Day Celebration  - Nov 18, consolidated vegan day, compassion day, volunteer’s reorganization day, anumodana day (about 125 people participated)
  8. Weekly Preksha Dhyan and Yoga every Sunday
  9. Chopda Puja** /Diwali Puja – Oct 19 (first time on a pilot basis, 35+ families participated)                  

Various Other EC Activities 2017 - Highlights

  • PR – Membership support, about 250+ emails to community, Interfaith prayers and activities, EC minutes, Election support
  • Facility - Several facility improvement projects to keep the facility up to date, maintenance and support
  • Technology - Several technology projects, maintenance, and support
  • Finance - How many checks we deposited?  How much cash counted? And how many checks issued for expenses? (You guess!), Plus Jivdaya and ‘Promo Veggie’ Activities support, support to BOD led expansion/enhancement projects
  • Individual Events – How many times we let the premises used for non-jcnc events?
  • We served most of the weekend events with swamivatsalya lunch

At JCNC, it’s a new beginning - by all means, these last couple years are the record-breaking and the trend-setting years, so many programs and tremendous participation. We equally beat the financial expectations and surpassed all past records, including last year revenue of $900K, now we are fast reaching the new goal of $950K. That reminds, if you have not sent your pledge/donation, please do send it to JCNC Finance team.

We had no success without your participation and that too with your ‘tann, mann, dhan’, we indeed sincerely thank you and khub khub anumodana for your continued support, participation, donations, and volunteering.

We also thank all our officials, BOD, EC members, and volunteers for their contributions throughout the year. Here are the EC 2017 team, who has done an excellent job with all the above events and activities: Mahasukh Vora, Rakesh Jain, Kiran Shah, Hetan Shah, Sharad Shah, Biren Shah, Umesh Sagar, Harshad Shah, Parthiv Shah, Sunil G. Mehta, Pranay Shah, Niraj Gandhi , Sachin Bhayani, Jayesh Khona , Ajay Shah, Rajesh Shah. Also, Pujari Prashantbhai and Custodian Balvirbhai. Khub Khub Anumodana.

Once more, on behalf of JCNC Board, Executive Committee and all Volunteers I would like to offer my affectionate greetings and pray to Tirthankara Shri Adinathji, Shri Mahavir Swamiji, and Shri Parshvanathji that all of us be the source of progress and the power of positive energy all around. Have a happy and spiritually uplifted holiday season.

Please stay tuned for Part II, where I’ll be also sharing areas of ‘Improvement needed’ in the next email in a couple days.

Happy Holidays!

Micchami Dukkadam!
Yogesh Bapna
JCNC President 2016-17
Jain Center of Northern California

president@jcnc.org

Religious programs for Posh Dashami starting Friday Dec. 8th, 2017

posted Dec 8, 2017, 2:21 PM by JCNC Technology

Pranam,

We are pleased to announce the following upcoming Religious programs on the occasion of auspicious Posh Dashami (Shri Parshwanath Bhagwan Janma Kalyanak and Diksha Kalyanak) Parv.  We are also fortunate to have the visiting Jain Sangeetkar Shri Nayanbhai Sanghavi who will perform bhavna-bhakti and pujas. Please mark your calendar, participate take dharm laabh.

'Aum Rhim Shrim Parshwanathaya Namah


Event#1:

What:      Monthly Bhavna by Nayanbhai Sanghavi
Theme:    Parshva tara naam che hajhar 
Date:       Friday, Dec. 8th., 2017  
Time:       8:15 PM after Aarti
SponsorNakaro for Bhavna is $101
                  (Multiple sponsors are welcome)

Event#2:

What:      Shankheshwar Parshwanath Bhav Yatra by Nayanbhai Sanghavi
Date:       Saturday, Dec. 9th., 2017  
Time:       1:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Sponsor: (Stay tuned for sponsorship/signup information)

Event#3:

What:      108 Parshwanath Poojan by Nayanbhai Sanghavi
Date:       Sunday, Dec. 10th., 2017  
Time:       11:30 AM to 3:30 PM (followed by Dinner)
Sponsor(Stay tuned for sponsorship/signup information)

Event#4:
What:      Posh Dashami Day 1 
                  * Jaggery or Sugar water Ekasana           
Date:       Monday  Dec. 11th., 2017
Time:       11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Sponsor: (Multiple Sponsors are welcome)

Event#5:
What:      Posh Dashami Day 2
                  * Kheer Ekasana           
Date:       Tuesday Dec. 12th., 2017    
Time:       11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Sponsor: (Multiple Sponsors are welcome)
                  
Event#6:
What:      Posh Dashami Day 3
                  * Full Ekasana           
Date:       Wednesday Dec. 13th., 2017    
Time:       11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
Sponsor: (Multiple Sponsors are welcome)

Event#7:

What:      Musical Bhavna by Nayanbhai Sanghavi
Date:       Friday, Dec. 15th., 2017  
Time:       8:15 PM after Aarti
SponsorNakaro for Bhavna is $101
                  (Multiple sponsors are welcome)

Event#8:

What:      Ashtapad Bhav Yatra by Nayanbhai Sanghavi
Date:       Saturday, Dec. 16th., 2017  
Time:       10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Sponsor(Stay tuned for sponsorship/signup information)

Event#9:

What:      Antaray Karma Pooja by Nayanbhai Sanghavi
Date:       Sunday, Dec. 17th., 2017  
Time:       11:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Sponsor(Stay tuned for sponsorship/signup information)


Posh  Dashami

Posh Dashami is a three days parva (festival) to celebrate the Parshwanath Bhagvan Janma (birthday)  kalyanak. (magsar vad 10) December 12,2017 and Parshwanath Bhagvan DIKSHA Kalyanak (Magshar Vad 11) December 13, 2017.

The following Dharma (Religious) Aradhana (rites) are done to celebrate this parva.

- Worship of Shri Parshva Nath is done for three days in the month of Magshar Vadi 9,10 and 11 - December 11,12, and 13th  2017) this year
- This Vrat (Vow) is observed for 10 years and 10 months. 
- The observer of this parva does either upvas (fast) or Ayambil or Ekasanas (taking lunch once in a day) for three consecutive days.

Ekasana are done the following ways:

1) First Day: Only Sugared or Jaggery water Ekasana

2) Second day: Only rice Kheer Ekasana

3) Third day: A full Ekasana

- Besides, 12 Swastiks (Sathiya), 12 Khamasanas, Kayotsarga of 12 Logassa and 20 Navakarvalis of 'Aum Rhim Shrim Shankheshwara Parshvanathaya Namh' Pad are done.

- Repeat the above Aradhana all three days


Overall Event Co-ordinator -- Taresh Parekh -- Phone # (510)600-9337 -- Email: taresh@yahoo.com

Upcoming Events

  • Sunday, Dec 17th, 2017 - Chaudas Pratikraman
  • Sunday, Dec 17th, 2017 - Pakhi Pratikraman

JCNC Ghabhara Pratimaji’s Restoration Work Schedule in early December and Available Temporary Religious Arrangements

posted Nov 29, 2017, 3:50 PM by JCNC Technology

We are pleased to announce the schedule of the auspicious Ghabhara Pratimaji’s (Shri Adinath ji and Shri Parshvanath ji, Shri Munisuvratswami ji, Shri Vasupujaya swamiji) restoration work, this work will include repair and repainting of the Ghabhara and Bhomati Pratimajis including Parikar.  Please notice this is JCNC Board-approved work and this work will start on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

Please note there is no change or any impact to Shri Mahavirswami Abhishek schedule, this restoration work is limited to Shri Adinath ji and Shri Parshvanath Ji side Pratimaji’s.

Here are further details of the event:

Work Schedule:

  • Work will take up from Dec 5th, 2017 for almost two weeks (initial estimates)
  • Restoration Vendors are planning to work from 9 AM to 9 PM daily.

Available Religious Arrangements for the Community starting from Dec 5th:

  • Shri Prashant Bhai (Pujaraji) is the only person allowed to perform daily rituals in the Ghabhara Pratimaji’s every morning before 9:00 AM.
  • For Community members: We will have all Dhatu (Metal) Pratimaji set up on the table outside Ghabhara for daily rituals (Pakshal/Pujan).
  • The daily evening Aarti will be performed same time, 7:45 PM.
  • There will not be any impact on Digambar tradition Abhishek and Puja schedule or any of the Rang Mandap or Bhakti room Schedule.

Disclaimer: Some of the details/schedules may be revised by religious teams (BOD RC and EC RC) as planning continues and as the actual event progresses. Please stay tuned and bear on the latest JCNC communication for the latest details.

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact VP Religious Shri Mahasukh Vora (408-390-5656) or Co VP Religious Shri Rakesh Jain (408-480-4096).

Invitation for a Town Hall Meeting for Expansion Project

posted Nov 29, 2017, 9:19 AM by JCNC Technology

Jai Jinendra,

The JCNC Board of Directors would like to invite all JCNC community members to a Town Hall meeting at the following time.

Date : Sunday, Dec 3rd, 2017
Time : 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Auditorium, JCNC, 722 S Main Street, Milpitas, CA 95035

Agenda:
1. Expansion project background
2. Details of Expansion project
3. Financial analysis
4. Fund Raising plans
5. Closing
6. Q&A
 
Please attend this Town Hall meeting. Your input is very valuable.

Best Regards,
Nitin Shah

Chair, JCNC BOD 2017

Shala Day Camp Sat, Dec 2 - 'JCNC kids got talent'

posted Nov 15, 2017, 9:27 PM by JCNC Technology


Jai Jinendra !

We will be having the Shala day camp on Sat, Dec 2. This is a fun event for children  like the picnic with activities like cake decoration, games, talent show among others. We have received multiple requests from parents for a Shala kids talent show; some of our young talent was visible during the sleepover pajama party and our picnic, but not all children got the opportunity.
 
Our theme for this day camp is ‘JCNC kids got talent’
 
We will take individual and group entries for  1-3 min performances which can include skit, dance, songs including Hindi movie song (with the good taste), musical instruments etc
 
Tentative agenda (will be updated)
·         9 am – Registration
·         9.45 am – 12 noon – Decoration/games
·         12noon – 12: 45 pm lunch
·         12.45 pm to 4 pm – Kids talent show
·         4 pm – Day camp gift distribution
 

Please find below link for registration. Its open to kids in Grade 1 and above only. We have an upper limit of 90 kids, so please register soon.
 
 
Don’t forget to select the option whether you want your kid to participate in the talent show.

Pls select 'Add guest'  to enter your kids name. When you Checkout the final total should be $12 or $15 with payment via card or check

 
Day camp registration:
$12 for member kids
$15 for non-member kids
 
We need plenty of volunteers and so select your availability in the category in  registration link.
Looking forward to a great and memorable event,
 

Register for JCNC Annual Sports Day - Saturday November 18th 2017

posted Nov 12, 2017, 10:11 PM by JCNC Technology   [ updated Nov 13, 2017, 12:44 PM ]

Jai Jinendra


JCNC is pleased to announce the JCNC Annual Sports Day and Vegan Day celebration on Saturday, November 18th 2017. We will have carrom, ping pong, and chess tournament for adults and kids. There will also be activities for kids and talk about Vegan, please see details below.


We would like to request, JCNC community members to participate in the competitions and bring out the winner in you.


Schedule

  • Track # 1 - Sports Competition

    • Time:  8:30 to 9:00 AM registration

    • Tournament Kick off 9 AM. To be finished by 3 PM

    • Games: Carom, Chess, Ping Pong

    • Game details: 2 tracks, Age 13 and under, 13+

    • Registration: Please register here to take part in any of the games

    • Registration: $10/ contestant per game.

  • Track # 2 - Kids Crafts and Games

    • Part 1:

      • Time: 9:30 AM to 10 AM registration

      • Contest: Jain way of life

        • a contest for children ages 7 to 17

        • Top three winners of the contest will win restaurant gift vouchers

        • One entry per team, 1-5 children per team

        • Entry can be an artwork, science board presentation, or model

        • The entry has to be on one of the three topics:

          • Ahimsa and farm animals

          • Animal agriculture and greed

          • Live healthily and let all beings live

        • Sign up with your shala teacher to enter the contest.


  • Part 2:

    • 1 PM to 3 PM

    • Jain jeopardy game - Participants, by age groups

    • The focus of the game will be to educate the children about the many benefits of choosing dairy-free (vegan) foods whenever possible


  • Track # 3 - Vegan Day Talk - Ahimsa and our food choices

    • Time:  11:30 AM to 12:00 PM

    • Speakers - Roopashree Rao and Mohan Gurunathan.

    • The talk will be simple enough for little children to understand. All children who attend the talk will receive goodies.


Vegan lunch will be served from 12:00 PM. Please RSVP for lunch - here


Register and Start training for the competition.

Please join us in making this a fun and memorable event.


For any questions, please contact cultural@jcnc.org.


Pranam,

Pranay Shah and Niraj Gandhi

Cultural Team


Upcoming Events:

  • Friday Nov.17,2017- Chaudash and Pakhi Pratikraman
  • Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 – JCNC Annual Day Celebration (Sports Day, Vegan Day & More)
  • Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 – Shala Day Camp
  • Sunday, Dec 3, 2017 – Town Hall Meeting for Bhawan Expansion

Chomasi Chaudash Dev Vandan, Ayambil, Pratikraman, Pakhi Pratikraman and Kartiki Punam Shatrunjay pat darshan

posted Nov 3, 2017, 2:13 PM by JCNC Technology

Jai Jinendra,,

We are pleased to announce the following:
Chomasi chaudash Dev Vandan, Ayambil and Pratikraman. chomasi Pakhi pratikraman, Sherimad tradition Chomasi Chuadas moti Alochana and Kartiki punam Shatrunjay Pat Darshan. 

Please plan to attend and take dharm laabh!


Event # 1:
What: Chomasi Chaudas  Dev Vandan led by Navin Dedhia
Date:  Friday, Nov. 3rd, 2017
Time:  9:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Where:  Bhakti Room

Event # 2:
What: Chomasi Chaudas  Ayambil led by Pravinbhai Turakia
Date:  Friday, Nov. 3rd, 2017
Time:  12:00 NOON to 1:00 PM
Where:  Dining Room

RSVP Link:  RSVP here

RSVP is a must and please RSVP by Thursday NOV 2nd brfore 2 PM
There will be no Sign up sheet for Manual sign up. If you can not sign up omline, Please call/text Prashantbhai Shah 510-505-4629, Pravinbhai Turakia 510-593-7000, Mahasukh Vora 408-390-5656, Rakesh Jain 408-480-4096


Event # 3:
What: Chomasi Chaudas Pratikraman – Deravasi Tradition
Tithi: Chaudas
Date: Friday, Nov. 3rd, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Mark your calendar for the future Chaudas Pratikraman dates:
Nov. 17, Dec 2, Dec 17, Jan 1

Event # 4:
What:  Pakhi Pratikraman  Sthanakvasi tradition (Gujarati)
Tithi:  Pakhi (Poonam and Amas)
Date:  Friday, Nov 3rd, 2017
Time: 6:30 PM
Mark your calendar for the future Pakhi Pratikraman dates:


Event # 5:
What: Chomasi Chaudas  Moti Alochana (Shrimad tradition)
Date:  Friday, Nov. 3rd  2017
Time:  1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Where:  Temple Bhakti Area

Event # 6:
What: Shatrunjay Pat Darshan
Date:  Saturday, Nov. 4th  2017 and Sunday Nov.5th,2017
Time:  all Day Saturday and Sunday
Where:Samavsharan 
Area

Upcoming Events
  • Saturday, Nov 4, 2017 - Shrimad Rajchandra 150th Janma Jayanti Celebration
  •  Friday, Nov 10, 2017 - Monthly Bhavana
  • Saturday, Nov 11, 2017 - Senior Mixer
  • Friday Nov.17,2017- Chaudash and Pakhi Pratikraman
  • Saturday, Nov 18, 2017 - Annual Day Celebration

Regards
Mahasukh Vora and Rakesh Jain
VP & Co VP of Religious Programs

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