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YJA Convention 2014 in DC !!

Jai Jinendra!

Young Jains of America would like to invite Jain youths between the ages of 14 and 29 to the 2014 YJA Convention: "Young Jains: Today's Learners, Tomorrow's Leaders." Join us in Washington, D.C. from July 3rd-6th at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. Attendees will hear from a wide range of speakers, participate in engaging social events and forge everlasting connections!


With the help of donors such as yourself, YJA can cover various convention costs, such as hotel accommodations and food for attendees, speakers and volunteers, travel costs for diverse speakers and decorations for social events. We greatly appreciate your help.

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Following members were appointed as the JAINA Directors for the year 2014.

1.) Shard Doshi
2.) Harshid Shah
3.) Prakash Mehta

Following members were appointed as the UHJT Representatives for the year 2014.

1.) Tapan Shah
2.) Kamlesh Shah

President's Welcome MessageLogo

Jai Jinendra.

On behalf of Executive Committee, I take this opportunity to thank all our members for their continued support and participation within the community.

I would like to welcome and congratulate our newly elected Trustees - Harshid Shah and Sushil Jain. Words cannot express our gratitude towards departing trustee Manojbhai Dharamshi. After decades of dedicated service to strengthen the foundations of our community in Metropolitan Washington area and serving as a trustee of our organization, Manojbhai Dharamshi has decided to make way for young people to come and take part in management of our Society. He will continue to lead as the Chairman of the Fund-raising committee for our new temple. Thank you very much Manojbhai for your selfless dedication to our Temple and our community.

I would like to welcome our newest member of executive committee, Tapan Shah, who is joining us as Director of Publication. We are thankful to Tejas Doshi for his hard work and diligence as the Director of Publications.

This year, with the help of Presidents Council and Executive Committee, we appointed following members to represent JSMW for the year 2014. Sharad Doshi, Harshid Shah, & Prakash Mehta will serve as JAINA Directors. Tapan Shah and Kamlesh Shah will serve as UHJT representatives. Congratulations to newly appointed leaders.

We will celebrate Mahavir Janma Kalyanak (MJK) on Sunday, April 27, 2014. MJK committee is hard at work with its preparations. All Pathshala students will participate in this event along with several adults. This will be an excellent program to attend and join our new generation in celebrating Bhagwan Mahavir's Janma Kalyanak by showcasing their talents.

I am happy to announce a significant increase in the number activities at our Jain Center. We are now conducting monthly Snatra Pooja, Abhishek, Devshastra Guru Pooja, Pathshala for kids and adults. Please check the calendar of events on our website at www.jainsocietydc.org.

The Jain Center belongs to all its members and ownership comes with certain responsibilities. Volunteering and making financial contributions to our temple should be an integral part of us. I encourage everyone to actively participate, volunteer, and donate generously to our community efforts.

We are partnering with YJA to host 2014 YJA convention in our Metro area (July 3rd - July 6th). This convention will be attended by more than 700 young Jains from all over North America. Please volunteer and donate for this 2014 YJA convention. If you have any questions about this convention please feel free to reach out to me.

Please send me your suggestions/comments for improvements in our services to the community to president@jainsocietydc.org.

Paresh Shah, President.



For thousands of years, Jains have been practicing vegetarianism, yoga, meditation and environmentalism. Jains believe in the existence of eternal and divine SOUL in each living being.

Jain Way Of Life respects and honors these souls through:

  • Non Violence
  • Non Possessiveness
  • Non Absolutism
Non Violence

is respect for the life of all living beings in thoughts, words and deeds. For this reason, Jains are compassionate and forgiving and practice vegetarianism.

Non Possessiveness
is balancing of needs and desires, while staying detached from our possessions. This stems from the respect for our environment.
Non Absolutism

is respect for the views of the others. Jains encourage and dialogue and harmony with other faiths.

We are interdependent on each other and by living a Jain Way Of Life we can bring peace and spirituality to our lives and to those around us.