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Jsne Newsletter 2012 - Paryushan

  1. 1. Jain Sangh of New England 223 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA 01803 www.JSNE.org 781-221-7864 JSNE - Upcoming Events  September 12 –September 19: Paryusan Parv withPresident Shri Hiteshbhai ShahVijay Shah 781-245-0051  September 15, Saturday: Pooja to be performed by Pathshala studentsVice PresidentRinesh Palkhiwala  September 16, Sunday: Swapna Darshan & Mahavir 978-256-1620 Janma VanchanSecretary  September 19, Wednesday: Barsa Sutra Vanchan &Parind Shah Samvatsari Pratikraman 978-256-8844  September 20, Thursday: Shree Sangh Samuh ParanaTreasurerSanjay Shah  September 22: Sattar [17] Bhedi Pooja and Tapasvi Bahuman 781-354-9148Building Operations  Tentative : October 6th & 7th: Panch Tirthi Yatra to NJ & NYDipak Kamdar 603-888-5607  October 21 to October 29: Ayambil OliDirectors  November 13, Tuesday: Diwali - Aarti & Mangal Divo andPushpa Shah Diwali Night Jaap 781-270-9237Ushir Shah  November 14, Wednesday: New Year Gabharo Opening & 603-880-6222 Sangh GreetingsVipin Madhani 781-270-9237 Other regular rituals:Zankhana Shah  Daily “Ashta Prakari Pooja” performed by volunteers in rotation 978-844-2148Jayesh Kamdar  Daily Aarti and Mangal Divo: Aarti – Mangal Divo is performed 603-881-8090 everyday in the evening at JSNE temple by different volunteers.Gaurav Shah If you wish to participate, please inform the assigned volunteer(s) 781-492-3083 and confirm the time. Visit http://jsne.org/aartidivoschedule.aspxSamkit Shah to check current list of volunteers. 315-350-9452  Adult Swadhyay on every Thursday evenings.Past PresidentAnil Shah  Samuh Samayik on every third Sunday. 781-272-3666 1 JSNE Newsletter: September 2012 – www.jsne.org
  2. 2. Recent activities at JSNEAugust 21, 2012 | Sthanakvasi Samvatsari PratikramanThis year was a rare occurrence when Sthanakvasi & Deravasi paryushan are on different days. On Aug 21, thosemembers who observe Sthanakvasi calander performed their annual Samvatsari pratikraman on Tuesday 21. For thatand upcoming Deravasi Samvatsari on September 19, we want to convey ‘Michhami Dukkadam’ to all our members.August 18, 2012 | Detroit Sangh Visit:Member of the Jain Society of Greater Detroit (http://www.jain-temple.org/) visited our Derasar on Saturday Aug 18,2012 for their Chaitra Pari Pati. About 100 members of all age groups travelled all night by road to come to ourDerasar in two buses. They arrived at early morning on 8/18 and stayed at the nearby hotel in Burlington. Members ofthe Executive Committee and other volunteers were ready to welcome them at the hotel in early morning hours withwarm tea and breakfast. While they were enjoying the breakfast at the hotel, other volunteers were busy preparingthe Derasar for performing Ashta Prakari Pooja & Snatra Pooja by the Detroit Sangh. After the breakfast at the hoteland getting ready for pooja they arrived at the Derasar by two buses. Our members performed traditional sanghpoojan at our Derasar by washing their feet, tilak & prabhavna. They performed Astha Prakari Pooja & Snatra Pooja.While they were busy doing pooja, our volunteers arranged for lunch. Given that it was rainy outside and setting uptents was not a possibility, we decided to serve the lunch our traditional way by bringing food to everyone instead ofself-serve buffet. By now they were truly ‘out of words’ to express their gratitude towards our hospitality. After lunchthey went to Boston for a quick city tour and went to the Norwood Derasar for the Evening and back to hotel at nightin Burlington. Since they were in a rush to leave very early in the morning on Sunday back to Detroit, our sanghmembers again went to their hotel on Sunday morning to serve them warm breakfast and tea and did the sendoff. Allin all it was great experience for sangh members. Breakfast for both days was sponsored individually by JSNEmembers and the lunch was sponsored by our sangh as whole. This visit left everyone with this question, when arewe going on trip like this? Another question is, are you going to join if we go?August 8th to August 13th, 2012 | Pravachan by Shri Tarlaben DoshiTarlaben Doshi who needs no introduction was visiting our Derasar from Aug 10 through Aug 13. She did pravachans onvarious subjects.July 27th to August 3rd, 2012 | Pravachan by Pandit Shri SamirbhaiShamirbhai Pandit who was with us during the 2010 Paryushan visited us to deliver Pravachan series on various topics.During both pravachan series more than 25 members on average were attending these sessions on daily basis despitebeing weekdays, summer and back to back visit from different scholars. We are very encouraged and excited aboutgrowing participation from members of different background and age groups and taking advantage of vast knowledgethese scholars bring to our sangh.July 2, 2012 | Chaumasi Chaudas & Pakkhi PratikramanOur members performed traditional pakkhhi pratikraman on the Chaumasi Chaudas on July 2nd 2012 2 JSNE Newsletter: September 2012 – www.jsne.org
  3. 3. Detailed schedule of activities during Paryushan Parva 2012Date Time Event09/12/2012 9:30AM -11:00AM Ashtprakari Pooja – Prakshal starts at 9:30 AM sharpWednesday 11:00AM - 12:00PM Lecture& 12:00PM – 1:00PM Ekasana - Please RSVP – Regular lunch will not be served on this09/13/2012 Thursday day& 6:30PM – 8:00PM Evening pratikraman09/14/2012Friday 8:00PM - 9:00PM Lecture and/or Bhavna followed by Aarti Mangaldivo09/15/2012 9:30AM -12:30PM Ashtprakari Pooja – Prakshal starts at 9:30 AM sharpSaturday Performed by Pathshala students 12:30PM- 1:30PM Lunch and Ekasana – RSVP reqiredBhadarwaVad Chaudas 5:45PM - 8:00PM Evening Pakkhi Pratikraman 8:00PM - 9:00PM Lecture and/or Bhavna followed by Aarti Mangaldivo09/16/2012 9:00AM -11:30AM Ashtprakari Pooja – Prakshal starts at 9 AM sharpSunday 11:30AM - 1:30PM Lunch and Ekasana.Swapna Darshan *Last dish will be served at 1:00PM*and 1:30PM - 5:30PM Boli, Swpna Darshan, Janma VanchanJanma 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 Bhavana (If the family with Parna boli wants to hold Ratri Jago at home, we will have Bhavana at their home)09/17/2012 9:00AM - 11:30AM Ashtprakari Pooja & Snatra Pooja– Prakshal starts at 9:00 AMMonday sharp 11:30AM - 12:30PM LectureSud Ekam 12:30PM - 1:30PM Ekasana - Please RSVP – Regular lunch will not be served on thisBesto Mahino day 6:30PM - 8:00PM Evening Pratikraman 8:00PM - 9:00PM Lecture and/or Bhavana followed by Aarti Mangaldivo 3 JSNE Newsletter: September 2012 – www.jsne.org
  4. 4. Date Time Event09/18/2012 9:30AM - 11:00AM Ashtprakari Pooja – Prakshal starts at 9:30 AM sharpTuesday 11:00AM - 12:00PM Lecture 12:00PM - 1:00PM 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 Bhavna followed by Aarti Mangaldivo09/19/2012 9:30AM -11:00AM Ashtprakari Pooja – Prakshal starts at 9:30 AM sharpWednesday 11:00AM - 12:00PM Barsa Sutra VanchanSamvatsariMaha Parva 12:00PM – 1:00PM Only Ekasana – regular lunch will not be served on this day 4:00 PM Samvatsari Pratikraman, Start with sutra boli (Separate boli for Men’s and Women’s pratikraman) 7:30 PM Aarti - Mangaldivo09/20/2012 7:00 AM Samuh Darshan and ChaityavandanThursdayParna 8:00 AM ParnaUpcoming Events after Paryushan:  Saturday, September 22: o Sattar [17] Bhedi Pooja and Tapasvi Bahuman at 9:00AM, followed by Lunch  Tentative: o October 6th & 7th : Panch Tirthi Yatra to NJ & NY  Sunday, October 28: o Samuh Aayambil at Derasar – 12:00 NoonDiwali and New Year Celebration:  Tuesday, November 13th: o Aarti – Mangaldivo and Diwali Ratri Jaap at 8 PM  Wednessday, November 14th: o New year – 7:00AM – Derasar Dwar opening and Sangh greeting 4 JSNE Newsletter: September 2012 – www.jsne.org
  5. 5. Donate to support our community Swamivatsalya / Prabhavana Sponsorship:  Ekasana at the Derasar for all eight days, nakro to sponsor whole Paryushan is $2001, OR $301 per day. -- please RSVP for daily Ekasana  Saturday, September 15 : Lunch & Ekasana for 200 people after Kid’s Puja = $1501  Sunday, September 16: Swapna Darshan & Mahavir Janma Vanchan –Lunch for Approx. 250 people = $2001  Saturday, September 22: Lunch for 150 people after Sattar Bhedi Pooja = $1251  Thursday, September 20: Parana – Volunteers to prepare and bring one/two items for 20 – 25 people  Swapna Darshan Ceremony day Prabhavana “Ladoo”: The sponsorship for this is $301. EC will take care of order/delivery of Ladoo.  Samvatsari Pratikraman day Prabhavana “Shrifal”: The sponsorship for this is $301. Approx 75 men and 100 women take part for Samvatsari Pratikraman. EC will take care of order/delivery of ShrifalPlease contact any EC member if you would like to sponsor any of the above events orvolunteer your services.Sustaining Member ContributionThe responsibility of keeping the derasar clean and maintaining it in the best shape comes with the ownership. Weneed community support and contribution for daily upkeep and pay for repairs and utilities. At the time of PratishthaMahotsav, we launched a “Sustaining Membership” drive. We are urging all the sangh members to become“Sustaining Member” by committing $350.00 per year donation. This is less than one dollar a day commitment foryour derasar. You can pay all at once or in monthly installments. JSNE volunteers will personally contact you duringParyusan Parv for your commitment. Please make a commitment to keep up and maintain the derasar in the bestcondition.JSNE PathshalaJai Jinendra and Pranam. Hope you all had a great summer and are ready with renewed energy and enthusiasm to learnand practice Jainism at pathshala once again at our beautiful Derasar. Although it seems JSNE Pathshala started just ashort time ago, JSNE Pathshala is already 8 years old and will begin another year this September 2012. It was aremarkable year and experience of conducting Pathshala at new Derasar after Pratishtha, during the past year; we onceagain successfully accomplished many tasks on hand while we continued to add new dimensions to make Pathshala abetter place for students, parents and teachers. Most importantly, support from the parents, community, hard work ofstaff and the spirit of our students bring us many things to be very proud of.Pathshala activities – In addition to learning Jain Philosophy, rituals, sutras and stutis, Pathshala studentsenthusiastically participated in the following activities this past year – 5 JSNE Newsletter: September 2012 – www.jsne.org
  6. 6.  Diwali Musical - On November 5th, 17 pathshala students (from levels 1-4) performed a musical play that depicted Mahavir Swami’s 5 Kalyanaks to celebrate the 1st Diwali at our new derasar. The children performed live with acting, dances, songs, and instruments (tabla, violin, guitar, and clarinet) with audience participation. Special thanks to Nimisha Asthagiri for choreographing with all the volunteers and committed families who participated.  Jain Art Workshop – For the 1st time ever, a Jain Painting workshop was organized for pathshala students on February 5th 2012. A professional artist from Lexington MA, Java Joshi, came to teach and assist the students. More than 35 students participated in drawing and painting various Jain symbols. During the March pathshala assembly session, students who prepared these arts presented and described their paintings to the pathshala community. All of these paintings are displayed in pathshala classrooms and at various places in the temple. Special thanks to Nimisha Asthagiri and Jainy Shah for co-coordinating this event.  JAINA Teachers National Conference at LA – Hemant Shah and Haresh Mehta represented JSNE Pathshala at this convention during Memorial Day weekend. This convention took place after 10 years. The primary objective of this conference was to have group discussions on Pathshala Education Material, Teaching Methodology, share pathshala activities and learn from other teachers/coordinators. More than 80 teachers attended this conference. JSNE pathshala teachers were provided an opportunity to present ‘Teaching Methodology’ practiced at our center. This was very well received by all the attendees.  Test - On June 11th pathshala, students took written and oral exams on what they learned during the year.  Graduation Ceremony – On the last day of June pathshala, the three graduating students-‘Tejas Shroff’, ‘Saniya Shah’ and ‘Rahul Shah’ were acknowledged and honored with a Certificate. We wish them all the best.  End-of-year outing – On the last day of Pathshala on June 10th, students, along with parents/teachers, had a great time at the Bombers Laser Tag in Woburn, MA. 40+ students and parents/teachers gathered to have fun and everyone loved this activity/place.  Jain Darshan Vidhi info session for Pathahala Teachers – On August 9th, Thursday, Swadhyay teacher ‘Pulkit Shah’ conducted a special session for the pathshala teachers covering in-depth understanding of ‘Jain Darshan & Puja Vidhi’. This was very informative for all the teachers and will be helpful to teach this important aspect to students in their classes.  On-line Registration – Starting this year, Pathshala registration has gone on-line. The form is available under Pathshala section. One form per family is required. Special thanks to Gaurav Shah – JSNE web-coordinator for this effort.Pathshala Statistics for year 2011-2012 – Total Number of Registered students – 90Number of families directly engaged in Pathshala – 50+Pathshala Food and Class Sponsors – Thanks to all the sponsors, who had signed up to bring snacks for pathshala anddonated generously to sponsor pathshala classes. We really appreciate your support and count on your continuedenthusiasm during the upcoming year, as this is what really keeps all of us growing strong every year. Please visit thepathshala web page for the list of Food and Class Sponsors.The minimum suggested donation amt. to sponsor a pathshala session starting this year is –  One class (Rookies to Swadhyay) is $ 51 One Pathshala Session is $ 251 6 JSNE Newsletter: September 2012 – www.jsne.org
  7. 7. Upcoming Pathshala Activities –  1st session - The first session will be on September 9th 2012. We welcome all the retuning and new students. Please fill out on-line Registration Form ASAP- available under Pathshala section in JSNE web page.  Pathshala time/hours – Pathshala meets once a month [usually on second Sunday] from 1:30 to 4:00 pm.  Minimum age requirement to attend Pathshala - The student must be 4 years old and/or in Pre-K to attend Pathshala as of September 2012.  Paryushana Point Sheet – The Parva Point sheet is available on JSNE web page under Pathshala section. Please fill out one sheet per student and return it by the suggested date.  Astha Prakari Pooja by Pathshala students – Saturday, 9/15. All students are encouraged to participate.  Award Ceremony – During the October 2012 pathshala, students will be awarded with a medal 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 2012-2013.September 9, 2012 November 11, 2012 January 13, 2013 March 10, 2013 May 19, 2013October 14, 2012 December 9, 2012 February 10, 2013 April 14, 2013 June 9, 2013Pathshala Staff:- Pathshala level and teachers for each level are as follows :Level / Function School Grade Teacher / NamesRookies Pre-K and KG Nirav Shah, Arpita GosaliaLevel 1 1 and 2 Nimisha Asthagiri, Jignesh ShahLevel 2 3 and 4 Dhruti Ashara, Mitul DalalLevel 3 5 and 6 Ajay VoraLevel 4 7 and 8 Haresh MehtaLevel 5 9, 10, 11 and 12 Hemant ShahSwathyay Adults Pulkit ShahSutra Teachers N/A Amit Shah, Himanshu PalkhiwalaSubstitute Teachers & Special Projects N/A Pauravi Teabo, Jainy ShahPathshala Coordinators N/A Parind Shah and Rinesh PalkhiwalaPlease 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 andFood Policy, past event pictures and other resources. The Pathshala web page is updated continuously withthe most recent updates and forthcoming events. As always, we are open to your valuable suggestions / feedback /comments; contact Pathshala Director Hemant Shah (781-784-7098) or coordinator Parind Shah (978-256-8844). 7 JSNE Newsletter: September 2012 – www.jsne.org
  8. 8. To:223 Middlesex Turnpike,Burlington, MA - 01803 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 8 JSNE Newsletter: September 2012 – www.jsne.org