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“Stress Management through Meditation” Workshop - Friday, 3/31/2017, 8:15 pm to 9:45 pm, Auditorium, JCNC

posted Mar 19, 2017, 6:42 PM by JCNC Technology

Jai Jinendra,

We would like to invite JCNC community to the “Stress Management through Meditation” workshop by Dr. Villy Doctor on Friday, 3/31/2017, 8:15 pm to 9:45 pm at Auditorium,JCNC.

The workshop will include:

An overview/insight of Satya meditation

A meditation session

A brief feedback/ QA session

The workshop will be led by Dr. Villy Doctor. She is a renowned teacher from India. She has a Masters Degree in Psychology and Doctorate Studies in "Psycho-Biological changes through meditation". With over three decades of practice, observation and teaching, she has perfected this simple and effective method of meditation. Traveling across the globe, she imparts this knowledge and has helped thousands of people.

Through this method one can experience the gift of true self realization and awaken your own inner potential and experience the peace, self-healing and energy within.

Feel free to contact JCNC Cultural Team at cultural@jcnc.org for any additional info or questions/suggestions

VP  Co-VP Cultural
Pranay Shah  Niraj Gandhi

Upcoming Events:

March 19, April 2, April 23, April 30, Sundays - Regular Shala

March 25/26, Sat/Sun: Shala Sleep Over Click Here to Register

April 3 to April 12 - Shashwati Ayambil Oli

April 16, Sunday: Mahavir Janma Kalyank Grand Celebration Click Here  to Register for Cultural Entrees

April 22, Saturday - Health Fair -  Click Here to RSVP

May 13/14, Sat/Sun - Camp with Saman Shrutpragyaji

May (TBD) - Mission Peak Hike

June 18, Sunday - JCNC Annual Picnic

May-June (TBD) - JCNC Cricket League

Community Health Fair and Blood Drive

posted Mar 9, 2017, 6:54 PM by JCNC Technology

Jai Jinendra!!

JCNC is pleased to announce a Community Health Fair and Blood Drive. The Health Fair is on Saturday, April 22, from 10 am-2 pm followed by healthy, vegan lunch will feature free tests, consultation, wellness promotion, and health education at JCNC.

The event will cover various health areas, including Biometrics (DMI, Blood pressure), Cholesterol and Blood Glucose level check, Dental Care, Diabetes, Eye Health, Sleep apnea, Nutrition/Dietician, Pediatric, Weight Management and Women's Health, Life balance, Pain Management, Exercise training for seniors, Heart care, education sessions and more. More details will be provided as we get closer to the event.

RSVP is requested if you plan to attend the health fair. RSVP links are at the end of the message.

Blood Drive

Donating blood is an excellent opportunity to perform Jiv Daya towards other humans. Giving blood is safe, simple and helps save lives. Each pint of blood that is donated may be helping as many as three patients. Patients count on the generosity of volunteer donors, like yourselves to give them a chance at life.

All blood donors will receive a personalized donor card listing their name, blood type, and donor number. Using the donor number you will be able to check where your blood is used.

Please register below to donate. We need at least 35 signups to host this blood drive so please sign up and donate. Thank you in advance for helping to save lives!


We are also requesting our community medical professionals and other members interested in volunteering to come forward to volunteer for this event. Please signup below.


  1. Health Fair participant sign up (one per participant) -  click here

  2. Sign up for blood donation (one per participant) -  click here

  3. Lunch RSVP (one per family) - click here

  4. Healthcare Professionals Volunteer sign up - click here

  5. General Volunteer sign up - click here

           Based on the level of interest, the final event activities may change and final activities will be announced close to the health fair day.

            Feel free to contact JCNC Cultural Team at cultural@jcnc.org for any additional info or questions/suggestions

Chha Gau Siddhachalji Yatra - Sunday, March 12th 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM

posted Feb 26, 2017, 9:25 PM by JCNC Technology

Jai Adinathji!    Jai Rishabdevji!   Jai Kesariyaji!

Chha Gau Siddhachalji Yatra  (Falgun Sudi 13)

Grand Exhibitions, Bhaav-Yatra & Celebration at JCNC 

Sunday, March 12th, 2017 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Jai Jinendra, 

JCNC Religious and Executive Committee are happy to announce that we will be celebrating this auspicious and very special event at a large scale.  We humbly request you to plan to attend and take dharma laabh!  Following are the glimpses of the planned activities:

  • Replica of Shatrunjay (Huge exhibits) in Auditorium
  • Shree Siddhachalji ki Chha Gau (Bhaav) Yatra
  • Several Food Stall (Jain Paal) and much more
This auspicious event is being coordinated by Shri Nitul Haria.

Program Outline:

  • Event will start upstairs with Bhakti at 9:30 AM, mangalik at Shri Gautam Swami, followed by sakal sangh yatra from the Samovasaran and will continue to the auditorium where the replica of Shri Shatrunjay Maha Tirth (holy exhibits) is planned, this will cover all Tonks darshan/vandan. 
  • Aarti / Mangal Divo in Dada nu Darbar at 12:30 pm
  • Sadharmic Vatsalya Lunch & Food Stalls (Paals) will start 12:30 PM (RSVP for lunch for planning)


For sponsorship opportunities, please use this online link or email religious@jcnc.org or sign-up in person at JCNC. or Call Nitul Haria: 302-252-5465 Mahasukh Vora: 408-827-8672 Rakesh Jain: 408-480-4096. See below for the details. 

  • Grand Sangh pati                                          $2501
  • Sangh pati - 1                                                 $1111
  • Sangh pati - 2                                                 $1111
  • Bharat Chakravati nu Bhojalay Daata 1    $751
  • Bharat Chakravati nu Bhojalay Daata 2    $751
  • 18 Food Paals (Food Stalls)                          $401
  • Sponsor Dada Ni Tonk                                  $501
  • Sponsor Other 11 Tonks                                $151
  • Jivdaya - Any amount is welcome
  • Sadharmic Vatsalya (Lunch) Any Amount is welcome
  • General fund -  Any Amount is welcome
  • Ghee-Bolis: Please attend the program to take any of ghee-bolis and dharma labh. 
Note: Pleases pay by check or cash at JCNC or online at http://www.jcnc.org/donate

Seva (Volunteering) Opportunities: We need volunteers to build huge exhibits and other help for the event. Please fill up the volunteer sign form here or email to volunteer@jcnc.org

Note: Daylight saving time starts on March 12th, so remember to move your clock forward on March 12th.

JCNC Shala Sleepover Mar 25/26 : Online registration open

posted Feb 20, 2017, 12:08 AM by JCNC Technology   [ updated Mar 19, 2017, 6:40 PM ]

Jai Jinendra,

The Annual JCNC Shala Sleepover Registration is Now Open through March 22nd

We invite all JCNC ​Shala kids and youth to participate in our annual JCNC Shala Sleepover. There will be fun, games, talent shows, yoga and much more.
Dinner and Breakfast is included. Hurry and register your child today! We need volunteers for leading the games, bhavna, art craft, talent show , group leaders among others. So pls also fill where you can volunteer.

Event: JCNC Shala Sleepover - Spring 2017

From: Saturday, Mar 25, 2017 @ 4.00 PM
To: Sunday, Mar 26, 2017 @ 9.30 AM

Registration Link and Instructions:

  1. Go to https://www.123signup.com/register?id=nprsn
  2. Enter your registered JCNC membership email ID and click [OK]
  3. Check the "JCNC Shala Sleepover 2017" box against your name if you plan to volunteer for the event.
  4. ​General Donations are welcome​
    1. JCNC's general fund, or 
    2. Sponsor a prize for games. or
    3. Sponsor the Prabhaavna
  5. Click on "Add Spouse" link if he/she plans to volunteer for the event.
  6. Click on "Add Guest" link to add your child to this event. (Your registration will not be complete if you do not your Child's name )
  7. Repeat #6 for additional kids.
  8. Click [Next] and proceed to the volunteer questionnaire and finally to make the payment.
    ​ ($12 for JCNC member, $15 for Non-member)​

Program Details: Fun, games, yoga, dinner, breakfast and much more!

Tentative Agenda*:

Saturday 03/25/2017
4:00 -5:00 PM
Check – in

5:00 to 5:30 PM
Students Grouping and Darshan


Student Activity 1 (Jain Educational Games)

Student Activity 2 (Art  Craft)


Aarti Bhavna

9:30 PM
Student Activity 3 (Fun Games)

9.30 to 10:00 PM
Change to night dress

10.00 to 11.15 PM
Talent Show

11:15 PM
Go to Sleep
Sunday 03/26/2017
7.30 to 8.00 AM
Wake up and get ready

8.00 to 9.00 AM
Darshan / Yoga

9.00 to 9.30 AM

9:30 AM to 10.00AM
Parents Pick up

​*subject to change
  • JCNC Shala students who are in grade 1 and above can participate in this event.
  • Grade 1 students must have at least one parent attending with them.
  • High School students are welcome to volunteer and 
    ​be Group Leaders, please 
  • If the child is under medication, one parent must register for the sleepover.
  • All students attending sleepover must follow Jain Bhawan Rules:
  • ​After checking in, children will not be able to leave the premises unless authorized to do so and child is checked out.​​
  • JCNC is not responsible for any loss of item or any injury while attending this event.
  • All participants must follow the directions of the coordinators. If Rules are not followed then JCNC Shala may call parents to pick up their children at descretion of coordinator(s)

What to Bring (suggestions only): Sleeping bag, Tooth brush and other toiletries, Night Suit, Yoga mat etc.
Contact education@jcnc.org for any questions.

Mahavir Janma Kalyanak - Apr 16, Sun - Cultural Program Registration

posted Feb 10, 2017, 4:38 PM by JCNC Technology   [ updated Mar 19, 2017, 6:41 PM ]

Jai Jinendra,

With great pleasure, we would like to announce registration for JCNC Mahavir Janma Kalyanak Cultural Program scheduled on Sunday April 16th, 2017 Participating in the cultural program has been an integral part of learning our religion, language and culture. Shala students, parents and the community enthusiastically look forward to this annual program, a JCNC tradition for many years. We will have rehearsal on Sat, Apr 8 and back up shala class on  Sun, Apr 23.

Parents/teachers/choreographers, please submit your group entries by March, 28th by filling details in the form below:

Act/Entries Registration Link:

We want to bring more varieties and colors, please come forward with more ideas for group dance/skit/musical performance based on Jain religious/folk/social theme as in past years. Following are the simple guidelines:
  • Each act should have minimum of 5 participants. 
  • All songs should be Jain-religious or folk/non-movie songs. 
  • Dance acts should be limited to 5 minutes and skits should be limited to 10 minutes.
  • Please limit up to 2 acts per child.
  • The program team will finalize all the entrees and schedules, team will make changes as and when needed to make the program successful
Please stay tuned for a full schedule of the Mahavir Janma Kalyanak Programs.

If you would like to help as choreographer, director or coordinator for one or more acts, please come forward. 

For any questions or clarifications, please contact  education@jcnc.org  or shahkd2014@gmail.com - Krina Shah

Thanks Regards,
JCNC Education committee

Upcoming Major Events
March 12th, SundayChha Gau Yatra
March 25/26 Saturday/Sunday: Shala Sleepover 

Temple Area Deep Cleaning

posted Feb 3, 2017, 9:49 AM by JCNC Technology

Temple Area Deep Cleaning
Saturday February 11, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 NOON
Jai Jinendra,
It is our privilege to request you all to join us on Saturday February 11, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 NOON for deep cleaning of temple area. We need several hands to perform this religious rituals and seva.
This activity involves thorough cleaning of all temple areas including gabhara, bhomati, rangmandap, bhakti area, chitrapatts and samovarsaran. Please take dharma laabh by participating in deep cleaning.
  • We prefer volunteers to commit at least 2 hours. However, you can spend as much time as your schedule permits.
  • More hands mean less time. You may bring your children (8 years & above) to help, as they have a lot of fun helping adults.
  • Gabhara cleaning can be performed only by persons in Pooja clothes. Clean clothes are Ok for cleaning outside gabhara.
  • Breakfast / Light Lunch will be served to all volunteers at 12:00 NOON in the Dining Area. 
Coordinator: Ms. Rupa Ajmera (408) 446 5747ajmera@hotmail.com

Please signup hereto volunteer for this event.

Jaina Directors 2017 - Request for Nomination

posted Jan 19, 2017, 9:16 PM by JCNC Technology

JAINA Director by JCNC




We are requesting self-nomination from JCNC community for appointment as one of the three JAINA Directors from JCNC per qualification and eligibility requirements as outlined below.


Please fill and submit this Online Form with a statement of 200 words or less and your picture by 8:00pm February 2, 2017. JCNC-JAINA Director Nomination Committee reserves the right to invalidate the nomination in case of incorrect, incomplete or illegible entries.


Each Center appoints one, two or three JAINA Directors. Three JAINA directors are appointed by JCNC. The appointed JAINA directors shall serve for a term of 2 years. Term period for this nomination shall be April 1st, 2017 to March 31st 2019.


Please contact JCNC-JAINA Director nomination committee at elections@jcnc.org for any questions.

Click here to fill and submit this Online Form



JCNC Qualification and Eligibility requirements for appointment as JAINA Director:

  1. Any JCNC life member or qualified benefactor who is twenty-one (21) years of age or older, in good standing and being of sound mind and body to perform the duties of the Director position, may run for election to a JAINA Director position.  The nominee must have previously served on JCNC BOD or EC for a minimum of two years.
  2. Per JAINA By-laws, nominee should be local and should live within 60 mile radius of JCNC to be eligible to be JAINA director.
  3. Some of JAINA meetings are expected to be attended by JAINA directors in person. JCNC/JAINA does not provide any financial support for the nominee to attend JAINA meetings. Nominee for JAINA director should be willing to take care of any such expenses himself/herself.

Roles/responsibilities of JCNC Appointee as JAINA Director:

  1. Representing JCNC at JAINA.
  2. Updating at least 2 times a year on the activities, programs and events that would benefit the membership
  3. Promoting at JCNC jointly with EC applicable programs and initiatives which will directly benefit the membership
  4. Present to the EC any good practices that available in other centers
  5. Be actively involved with the BOD RC to invite scholars and dignitaries
  6. Train the community Director
  7. JCNC directors to JAINA represents JCNC BOD/EC/Community. They must have to comply with broader JCNC policies and not their personal beliefs.
  8. JCNC directors to JAINA have to actively participate in JAINA activities and have to attend 4 JAINA meetings per year.
  9. JCNC directors to JAINA have to provide updates to JCNC BOD about the details of meetings and ask for BOD guidance for any issues that doesn’t have any set guidelines.
  10. Shall conform to the JCNC Code of Conduct and shall comply with all rights, obligations and responsibilities as outlined under these Bylaws.
  11. JCNC director to JAINA should be local to JCNC area.


Place of Meetings of JAINA Directors

JAINA Meetings shall be held as per policies/guidelines from JAINA.


JAINA Rules for JAINA Director:


The Board of Directors shall be the highest authority of the Federation and shall set policies and develop long term plans of the Federation. The Board will form the general body of the Federation.


Member Associations shall submit nomination for their directors to the Executive Committee of the Federation. A nominated director must be a member of the nominating Member Association and must maintain a household in the metropolitan area or within 60 mile radius of the center of activities of that Member Association.


Only one person from a family residing in the same household shall be nominated as director.


The nominated directors shall serve for a term of 2 years that begins on 1st of April of odd calendar year and ends on the 31st of March of the next odd calendar year.


Please visit www.jaina.org for additional information such as JAINA constitution, by-laws, roles and responsibilities, policies and guidelines.




  • JCNC-JAINA Director Nomination Committee will contact nominees after Nomination period is over to confirm nominations.
  • Confirmed Nominations will be sent to JCNC BOD and EC for appointment. If more than three nominations are received, three nominees will be selected by the majority of votes by the current JCNC BOD and EC members.
  • If less than three nominations are received by the published deadline, nomination committee will directly reach out to eligible and qualified JCNC community members to consider them to serve as a JAINA director.                                        


Best Regards,

JCNC-JAINA Directors Nomination Committee 2017

Jyoti Vora(Chair), Girish Shah(Co-Chair), Bijal Vakil, Kiran Shah and Sachin Bhayani

Appoint JCNC Religious Committee and Volunteer Groups for the year 2017

posted Jan 12, 2017, 8:43 AM by JCNC Technology

Dear JCNC Members:

Jai Jinendra and Pranam,

We are very thankful for your exceptional contributions (tan, man and dhan) to our Dharma and extraordinary services during the year.2016.

 We are pleased to announce that we are getting ready to appoint JCNC ReligiousCommittee for the year 2017. This email will describe its role, responsibility, and authority of its members. We are inviting you to inform us if you are interested in serving on this committee and serve the Jain Center for Religious programs.

 We are also pleased to announce the formation of the Religious Volunteer Groups to augment the JCNC Religious Committee. We want to form five groups. Each Group (Swetambar Murtipujak Group, Digambar Group, Shrimad Rajchandra Group, Sthankvasi Group, Terapanth Group) will consists of 3-7 volunteers who would volunteer for events of the respective tradition. 

We will appreciate your sending an email to religious@jcnc.org indicating your interest and the tradition you would like to represent at the latest by January 14th, 2017. We will be selecting the candidates from the sign ups by January 21st, 2017.

 We look forward to hearing from you and working with you to make JCNC programs a great success.



 Mahasukh Vora and Rakesh Jain

VP incoming Co-VP of Religious Programs


 _____________________________ ______________________________ ___________________

I. JCNC Religious Committee:

The following describes role, committee composition, and responsibilities:

1.      Role:  The role of the JCNC Religious Committee is to provide advice to the VP Co-VP of Religious Programs on religious policies and procedures and to provide support in planning and execution of the religious programs.


2.      Committee Composition:  The committee will be comprised of the following members:

      a.      VP of Religious programs (Chair of the Committee)

b.      Co-VP of Religious Programs (Co-Chair of the Committee)

c.      Immediate Ex-VP of Religious Programs

d.      President of EC is the observer and guide to this sub committee.

e.      Ten members represents as follows:

a.       Two persons representing each of the five traditions (Digambar, Shwetambar Murtipujak, Sthanakwasi, Terapanthi and Shrimad Rajchandra Mumukshus)

b.      Both persons representing a tradition should be very familiar with the procedures and processes associated with the tradition 

3.      Committee Member Duties Responsibilities:

a.       Attend monthly Religious Committee meeting (missing 2 consecutive meetings will be treated as having resigned from the committee and will be replaced. Attendance by phone conference will be treated as present).

b.      Pro-actively help in event planning, coordination and execution for a timely delivery of assigned responsibilities and tasks. Religious events are the most important activities at Jain Bhawan and it is the fundamental responsibility of the committee members to take ownership of the assigned tasks and deliver those to the satisfaction and standards practiced at JCNC.

c.       Take leadership role for at least for two events a year.

d.      Follow the established policies and procedures at JCNC while being cognizant that JCNC caters to multiple traditions and practicing one tradition should not violate other tradition’s practices.

e.       One should not impose or enforce his or her views which are not commonly practiced.

f.       Each member MUST show undisputed and uncompromising respect to each of five traditions

g.       Each member of the committee must be willing to and actively participates and/or leads cross-tradition activities.

h.      All JCNC programs must comply with all of federal, state, county and city laws and rules regulations.

 _____________________________ ______________________________ ___________________

II. JCNC Religious Volunteer Groups:

 The “Religious Volunteer Groups” (five groups) will be formed to augment the JCNC ReligiousCommittee.


1.      Role:  Their role would be to work with the Religious Committee to help plan and execute various religious programs of the respective traditions. For cross tradition programs, we will create an event team from these volunteers.  


2.      Group Composition:

a.       Five groups are: Swetambar Murtipujak Group, Digambar Group, Shrimad Rajchandra Group, Sthankvasi Group Terapanth Group.

b.      They will consist of 3-7 volunteers who would volunteer for events of the respective tradition.


3.      Volunteer Member Duties Responsibilities:

a.       Support help in event planning, coordination and execution for a timely delivery of assigned responsibilities and tasks.

b.      No regular meetings to attend but attend event meetings for the event that they have signed up for.

c.       Follow the established policies and procedures at JCNC while being cognizant that JCNC caters to multiple traditions and practicing one tradition should not violate other tradition’s practices.

d.      One should not impose or enforce his or her views which are not commonly practiced.

e.       Each member MUST show undisputed and uncompromising respect to each of five traditions.





Taresh Parekh Mahasukh Vora 

JCNC Religious Committee

JCNC DARPAN Flash (December 2016)

posted Jan 11, 2017, 9:10 AM by JCNC Technology   [ updated Jan 11, 2017, 9:11 AM ]


JCNC DARPAN Flash (December 2016)

A publication of the Jain Center of Northern California

722 South Main Street, Milpitas, California

http://www.jcnc.org Phone: (408) 262-6242


Dear JCNC Community Members,


Jai Jinendra!!!  


We are pleased to share December issue of Darpan Flash for the year 2016. This year was very active at JCNC with programs and activities year around. In this issue, you will find an executive summary of last six months events under the President Message and ‘Year in review’ updates on various fronts!  During the December month, we celebrated Maun Ekadashi and Posh Dashami Jain festivals. We also recently celebrated JCNC Annual Day where we had organized Winter Sports Day, Mini Community Health Fair, Symbolic Volunteer Recognition Day and Shala Day Camp activities. In the subsequent pages, you will find more details on these programs. 

On behalf of our current EC/BOD members, we take this.... Continue to read click here..


For all past JCNC Darpan, please click here.



Ritesh Patani and Kiran Shah

VP & Co-VP Public Relations & Membership

For any questions, please contact us @ pr@jcnc.org

Vacant EC positions - JCNC EC 2017 - VP of Cultural Activities, VP of Education

posted Dec 25, 2016, 9:13 AM by JCNC Technology

Jai Jinendra,


We are requesting community nominations for the vacant EC positions.  JCNC EC 2017 will appoint the candidates from the available nominations.


Vacant Executive Committee Positions 2017

·  VP of Cultural Activities (1 Year Term) (1 Seat)

·  VP of Education (1 Year Term) (1 Seat)

Please submit the nomination (no verbal requests please) on or before Sunday,Jan 08, 2017 by 8:00 PM PST via email to president@jcnc.org with the following information:

·  Position of interest - Please select only one position

·  Past experience – Please write in 150 words or less about yourself

Eligibility to run for EC positions:

·  JCNC life member in good standing and has paid the life membership fee by June 1st, 2016.

·  Any elected candidate cannot hold more than one official position at JCNC at any given time. 

·  21 years of age or older.

·  You can nominate yourself for one EC position only.

President EC reserves the right to invalidate the nomination in case of incorrect, incomplete or illegible entries.


For detailed information about roles and responsibilities, pls refer to JCNC by-laws available at http://www.jcnc.org/jcnc-policies


I encourage the JCNC members to consider volunteering for these open positions in 2017.


Thanks and kind regards,

Yogesh Bapna

President, JCNC Executive Committee


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