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JAINA is delighted to present you the JAINA 2011 Calendar. This year's calendar continues its Yaatra of the rich history of Jain Temple Art and Architecture. These pictures showing the Rang Mandap or Grand Hall of 12 architecturally and historically important Jain Temples and Jain Tirths dispersed throughout India depict the richness and vastness of the Jain culture. Please Donate generously as this is Non-Profit project is entirely Supported by your Valuable Donations, which makes it possible for us to freely distribute this Calendar to over 11,000 Jain Families. If we did not have your updated address, you may not have received the Calendar.  Our apologies.  You can still click here to order your Calendar while supplies last.

Bidada Camp - JAINA World Community Service is devoted to helping the poor. Their next project is the annual Bidada medical and surgical camp (January 3rd - 24th 2011). JAINA’s administrative expenses in carrying out any project is limited to 3% of the funds. A Donation site will open shortly or send your tax-deductible contribution (USA) payable to "JAINA” and mail to: Prakash Mehta, 2960 Motherwell Ct., Oak Hill, VA 20171, Email:

Help Haiti Earthquake Victims

Please donate securely on-line .. click here


As steadfast believer in Jivdaya, we Jains have a moral obligation to help out the survivors of this calamity. The Survivors urgently need basic necessities like Water, food, Clothes, shelter and Medical Supplies. We have already sent 5,000 hygienic kits with Fairfax County Rescue squads. 

As in many instances in the past, JAINA World Community Service (WCS) always gets involved and provides a helping hand whenever a natural or man made disaster strikes in any corner of the earth.  Our efforts are always directed towards projects with long term benefits like building a school, hospital, housing or a rehabilitation center. JAINA’s administrative expenses in carrying out any project is limited to 3% of the funds raised compared to up to 40% cost experienced by many relief organizations. Please contribute generously in the spirit of Bhagwan Mahavir’s message of compassion - service to the sick and the poor is the true service to our Lord.


Please donate on-line or send your tax-deductible contribution (USA) payable to "JAINA” and mail to:

Prakash Mehta, 2960 Motherwell Ct., Oak Hill, VA 20171, Email:


Please donate securely on-line .. click here

5thAnnual Kellogg Jain Leadership Conference,
Siddhachalam, April 2-4, 2010

This is an announcement for the 5thAnnual Kellogg conference sponsored by JAINA Leadership/Long Range Planning.

We as Jains and Jain organizations must collectively share a unified vision of Jainism. Over the past four years JAINA’s Long Range Planning Committee together with Jain leaders has developed a vision for the future of Jainism in North America. Dipak Jain, past Dean of Kellogg School of Management, invited Jain leaders from across USA and Canada to a historic first summit to discuss the future of Jainism in North America on April 15-17, 2005 at the Kellogg School of Business in Chicago.  This year, the conference's theme will be How to Deliver on a National Infrastructure for JAINISM in three key areas:
1. Financial sustainability– short and long term
2. Executive office – serving Jain community and the broader society
3. Process of growing the local centers and JAINA through appreciative inquiry


JAINA is delighted to present you the JAINA 2010 Calendar. This year's calendar continues its Yatra of the rich history of Jain Temple Art & Architecture. These pictures of 12 architecturally and historically important Jain Temples and Jain Tirths dispersed throughout India and the USA, depict the richness and vastness of Jain culture.



Thanks to an overwhelmingly positive response by the Jain Community, we are again able to freely distribute 11,000 copies of the JAINA 2010 Calendar to Jain families across North America and other parts of the world.

We apologize if you have not received a copy. by January 5th, 2010.  Since we have limited quantities, you can get a copy  by clicking below: 

Please Donate generously(Click here..) as this Non-Profit project is entirely Supported by your Valuable Donations, which makes it possible for us to freely distribute this Calendar to over 11,000 Jain Families.


Wishing you all a Very Happy, Healthy, Prosperous and a Peaceful New Year.

My Year 2010 Resolutions- Jain Way of Life
By taking this simple self-evaluation test you can determine your JWOL (Jain Way of Life) state of mind and practice. This exercise will expand your awareness and stimulate your mind in thinking about ways to live and share a Jain Way of Life in the Year 2010.

My Things - A Self Evaluation (click here...)
So much of our lives is consumed by collecting, managing, and maintaining "My Things.” Some are, of course, necessary for a comfortable lifestyle. However, others distract us and consume tremendous time and energy.

My Consumptions - Jain Way of Life - A Self Evaluation (click here..)
We are physically and mentally consuming. We eat, and think about eating, numerous times a day. We take care of our bodies using many products.

 My Life and My World - A Self Evaluation (click here..) 
We are not alone. My Life & My World are part of an ecosystem with tremendous opportunities as well as distractions.

 My Mind and My Body - A Self Evaluation (click here..)
Managing my mind and body is critical for happiness, challenge, discovery, and spiritual growth. JWOL is living a
life grounded in thoughts, words, and actions of the core Jain principles of:
•    Non-Violence: in our diet, speech, and thoughts.
•    Non-Possessiveness: where we balance our possessions and desire for them.
•    Non-Absolutism: where we strive to keep our mind open and understand other views.

My Spirituality - Jain Way of Life - A Self Evaluation (click here...)
There are many distractions on the spiritual path. By taking this simple self-evaluation test you can determine your JWOL state of Spirituality.

Source: Jain Way of Life - Handbook - A Guide to Compassion, Healthy, and Happy Living

YJP (Young Jain Professional) Is Back!

We are now ready to move forward with the organization and take it to new levels. YJP’s mission is to increase the awareness and understanding of Jain principles and heritage by promoting networking among Jain professionals.

And here are some different ways you can participate.  Click here for their latest newsletter and information.

JAINA re-launches eJain Digest

eJD Oct 2009Jain Digest is back, and it is green. With recent moves to greater environmental awareness and the updating of the website, we have relaunched this beloved magazine as e-Jain Digest. It is informative, inspiring and interactive. It has something for our entire North American Jain community, from inspiring articles, to informative news from JAINA and various Jain Centers; from entertaining story and puzzle for the young ones, to Jain recipe for the cooking enthusiasts. Above all, it welcomes all of you to interact with us and with each other – by providing comments, content, participate in finishing the story, answer the puzzles…. and once you have submitted your responses, be sure to look for your names in the next issue!    Click here to read e-Jain Digest.

JAINA Has Strong Presence at the Parliament of World Religions Meeting in Australia - Dec. 3rd - 9th 2009

The fifth Parliament of World’s Religions will take place in Melbourne, Australia, from December 3 through December 09, 2009.  This Parliament is projected to bring in about 10,000 people from 80 countries. The Barcelona Parliament was attended by about 30 Jains including monks, nuns, scholars, and delegates from USA, UK, and India.  This participation was a huge success in terms of making Jainism more visible to the outside world. The theme of the Melbourne Parliament, Make a World of Difference: Hearing each other, healing the earth reflects the urgent need to act on concerns for the environment, peace, and overcoming poverty, and to cultivate awareness of our global interconnectedness.  This theme calls for action and is parallel to the teachings of Anekaantvaad and Parasparopgraho Jivanaam
For more information on JAINA's participation, click here...

Palitana Mobility Camp 2009 - Great opportunity to help the needy  

JAINA's World Community Service Committee is one of the sponsors of  the MEGA medical camp at Palitana from Dec.23rd , 2009 to Jan.9 ,2010.  The camp seeks to rehabilitate a total of 25,000 disabled people t h rough supplying and fitting them Calipers, Jaipur foot artificial limb to amputees, Tricycles,W heelchairs and Crutches, and hearing aids.  on a need based assessment.

For more information visit  or contact Dhiraj Shah M.D. (Chairman,WCS of JAINA) at To donate on-line, click here  Donate Online 

  Victorious Ones: Jain Images of Perfection Art Exhibit (Rubin Museum of Art, NY) -  Sept. 18th to  Feb. 15th 2010

  This is a must see for every Jain.  An exhibition of extraordinary paintings and sculptures centered around Jinas will at the Rubin Museum of Art, NY.


JAINA Legislative Conference: Peace, Harmony & Non-Violence

Rayburn House Office Bldg., Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

October 6-7, 2009

By: Shreyans Parekh, Preeti Jain, Sunil Jain
Photo courtesy: Prakash Mehta

Non-violence, the importance of relationship-building, and religious harmony, were key themes of the Federation of Jain Associations in North America’s (JAINA) Legislative Conference held from October 6-7 in Washington, D.C. The themes of the two-day conference were Peace, Harmony and Non-Violence. The conference was supported by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI). JAINA is an umbrella organization that represents over 150,000 Jains and 70 Jain organizations throughout North America.

For more photographs and writeup, click here...


President Obama talks about Lord Mahavira and wishes Jains "Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak"

President Obama said  "in Jainism this occasion celebrates the attainment of Nirvana by Lord Mahavira - one of the long lines of spiritual leaders known for achieving enlightenment by freeing themselves of base human impulses and emotions "  (click here to see the video on YouTube
"Happy Diwali and Saal Mubarak" said President Obama. It was an honor to represent nearly 150 thousand Jains on October 14th, 2009 while President Obama lit the White House Diya and signed an Executive Order to the effec said Dr. Sushil Jain, JAINA's First VP.  Mr. "Row" Khanna, senior most White House Official and Mr. Kalpen Modi, Associate Director of White House Outreach Program, expressed their interest in learning more about JAINA over a lunch in the near future. I think JAINA's Legislative Conference, involvement and presentation by White House staff lead to including "Jains" in to this executive order and thank you to all JAINA members for supporting initiatives of this nature said Dr. Jain. Mr. Kalpen Modi and his staff did a fantastic job of organizing this event.    
Dr. Sushil Jain with Kal Penn (famous actor who is now an associate director in the White House office of public liaison)

For more photographs and text of Obama's speech, click here...

Update Your Contact Information:

If you were listed in JAINA's or Jain Directory of North America or would like to become a member of JAINA/JainLink,  click here to update your contact information.  By updating your information you will receive free monthly newsletter, discounts on books/music, access to blogs, forums, and networking with other Jains.  Click here to Update/Register

Welcome to JAINA's new website and membership portal !

Using the latest web technology, this site offers you not just information about JAINA but allows you to safely connect and communicate with various JAINA committees,groups, members, directors, and executive committee.
This being a new website, we would appreciate your feedback with regards to ease of use, information content and its organization.  Please use Contact Us button on top of this page to provide your comments.
There are ample resources for you to learn, practice, enjoy, and share Jain Dharma and Way of Life with your family members and friends.  Now Jain Centers can have their own blogs, news, registration, and membership directory on this JAINA/JainLink portal.  To learn more, click here.
JAINA/JainLink Past Newsletters

 August 09 Newsletter  (Paryushan)
May  09  Newsletter
March 09 Newsletter (click here)
 December 08 Newsletter (click here)
October 08 - Mahavir Nirvan Newsletter
September 08 - Paryushan-Das Lakshan Newsletter


JAINA/JainLink Active Volunteers

The team is comprised of both Local Jain Center and JAINA leaders.  The following are the active team members. If you would like to get in touch with them, search for their name in search and send them an email or just click on Contact Us. If you would like to join this team, a minimum commitment of 5 hours a month is required with strength in writing, internet applications, and above all a passion to Live and Share a Jain Way of Life. 

Chandrakant Vora – Past JCGBoston President, Past Head of NA Jain Directory, Co-Chair of JAINA Technology Committee ( (MA)
Yogendra Jain – VP-JAINA NorthEast and Chairman of JAINA/Long Range Planning Committee ( (MA)
Paulomi Gudka - Past YJA and YJP Leadership, ( (MA)
News, Events, Jain Digest:
Pooja Jain - News and Events, (CT)
Database Integration:
Robin Kothari (MA)
JAINA eDigest:
Chetan Sanghvi - Jain eDigest Editor (CA)
Vimal Shah - JAINA eDigest (CA)
Heena Nandu - JAINA eDigest (CA)
JAIN Networking Forum Committee:
Sunil Jain - Chicago Jain Center (JNF Committee Chair)  (IL)
Ujjwal Jain - Jain Networking Forum (WI)
Mohit Jain - Jain Networking Forum (MA/CA)
JAINA Calendar Committee:
Rajeev Pandya - Calendar Committee (NY)
YJA (Young Jains of America)
Naman Jain - YJA Co-Chair (MA)
Sumeet Bhandari, YJA Board (AZ)
YJP (Young Jain Professionals)
Suchita Gala - Board member (VA)
Sejal Lakhani - Board member (NY)
Rushabh Gudka - Board member (Canada)
Facebook Integration
Jigar Vora (NY)
Support and Integration:
Girish Shah - Head of JAINA Technology Team (CA)
Rupal Doshi  (NY)
Manish Mehta - VP-JAINA MidWest (JAINA Director Coordination) (MI)
Preeti Jain - Training  (CA)
Ashwin Mehta - JAINA Hq Director (Content, News, Event) (NY)
Hemant Shah – Chicago Jain Center(IL)
Sudhanshu Jain – Northern Calif. Jain Center (CA)
Jain Studies - Dr. Sulekh Jain (JAINA founder,  Former President, Chairman of Jain Studies program) (TX)

<<this was in the Diwali front page>>

Happy Diwali - Mahavir Nirvan (Tuesday Oct. 28th, 2008)

Celebrated on the new-moon day of Kartik, Mahavir attained Nirvana (attained liberation).  Mahavir discarded the body and the bondage of karmas that night at Pavapuri.  The celebration involves fasting, recitals of hymns and reading of Uttaradhyayan Sutra, which contains the final message of Lord Mahavir.  In the early morning of the first day of the new year, Gandhar Gautam Swami, the first disciple of Lord Mahavir, attained absolute enlightenment.  Click here to read on life and teachings of Mahavir.  [more]

See if you can take some time off from work or go to work late and visit your temple on the morning of Oct. 28th, 2008.  Also, please invite local college students to your home for Diwali puja, festivities, and of course dinner!

Welcome to JainLink

 This Jain on-line community has been developed in collaboration with JAINA, Jain Centers, YJA, YJP, and many other Jain organizations. 

Here you can network with other members, stay up-to-date with news, find out about upcoming events, visit your group home pages, submit notes and photos, maintain your personal profile page, and much more!

Past Newsletters
October 08 - Mahavir Nirvan JainLink Newsletter
September 08 - Paryushan-Das Lakshan JainLink Newsletter
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