News Letter – January 2019

Jai Jinendra. Pranam.

On behalf of JCM 2019 Board, it gives us immense pleasure to bring you January 2019 edition of Newsletter.


Dear JCM Members,

Thank you everyone for coming to the Sangatith Pooja last week despite the extremely cold weather. We had a successful first event. It wouldn’t have been possible without your participation and contribution. Based on the count at the check-in desk, around 94 members (35 families) participated.

Thanks to everyone who supported with the logistics, food preparation, dining area setup, clean up, etc. It was a true team effort.

Special Thanks
  • Kavita Jain & Hetal Gandhi for leading the poojas.
  • Gomtesh Jain & Deval Vora for leading the event.
  • JCM Community volunteers who helped with the event.
  • JCM Youth Committee  for assisting  with the check-in desk & helping throughout the event. 
  • Food Committee, volunteers and their spouses for preparing delicious  food for 100+ JCM members in this super cold weather. 
  • Hindu Mandir team for providing logistical support.

Hindu Mandir Appreciation

During the event, we appreciated Hindu Mandir for their great support with a small donation. On behalf of Hindu Mandir, their President Ms. Vallabha Tantri participated in the event.

Live Streaming

The event was live broadcasted on the JCM website (LINK) and was viewed by 83 unique viewers (172 views in total). Based on received feedback from remote JCM members, we will try to continue this initiative for future events too.

Event Pictures

Please find the event pictures from the link below. If you have taken event pictures, please upload on JCM event folder using the same link below.

Sangatith Pooja Pictures

Members’ Remarks

“Thank you for arranging the live telecast of the puja.”
-Komal Bansal

“Thank you for arranging.  We are watching it thousands of miles away.”
-Shanti Shah

“Our parents are also watching this. Thank you for arranging this.”
-Mitul Shah

Thanks for reading this JCM January 2019 Newsletter. Stay Warm!

Best Regards,
JCM 2019 Board

Next JCM Event:

If you are interested in hosting the next event “Swadhyay” at your home, please contact any of the JCM Board members for your interest.

To ensure that the host family can participate in this knowledge sharing and discussions, the host family does not need to arrange for food or refreshments. Please feel free to contact JCM Board members for any clarification or questions. 

2019 – A Milestone Year for JCM

This is a milestone year for JCM as we will be completing our 30th year of formation of Jain Center of Minnesota (JCM). With blessings from the Tirthankars and kind support from all of you, we plan to have celebration and events throughout the year.

Key Updates – 1
Redesigned Website
  • Redesigned / updated website ( with the following information which helps JCM members to get detailed information instantly:
    • JCM Mission
    • JCM History
    • JCM Committees Information
    • JAINA Messages
    • 2019 JCM Events
    • Upcoming Events
    • Event Photos
    • Event Videos
    • Event Google Calendar
    • Live

Key Updates – 2 
Introduced JCM Event Calendar
  • Created JCM Event Google Calendar and linked it to the JCM website
  • Provided feature to sync the Google Calendar with phones to get reminders
  • If you haven’t utilized this feature, follow this link: LINK
  • For iPhone users, additionally click this LINK to sync JCM calendar with your iPhone calendar. 

Key Updates – 3
Introduced Live Event Streaming on JCM Website
  • Broadcasted January event “Sangatith Pooja” live event on JCM website (LINK).
  • We will try to live stream most events on JCM website.
  • Around 83 unique viewers with 172 views recorded. 

Key Updates – 4
Introduced New WhatsApp Group – JCM Announcements
  • Created “Broadcast Only” JCM Announcements WhatsApp group to avoid missing important JCM related notifications.
  • To join this group, click HERE.

Key Updates – 5
Survey Form for 2019 Events

  • Survey form for 2019 upcoming events to get inputs of JCM members
  • Please provide your valuable feedback for JCM’s January event “Sangatith Pooja” and inputs for upcoming events using this SURVEY FORM.

Key Updates – 6
Online Membership Form

  • Online membership form is now available on JCM website.
  • If you are planning to renew your annual membership or become a new annual or Lifetime member, please complete the Application Form.

Future Events (Tentative Schedule)

Please block your calendar for future JCM events planned for this year. Watch out for email from for details and registration for these events. 

JCM Board will require all your help and participation to make these events successful. Visit 2019 Events section ( from our website. 

An Appeal for Lifetime Membership

As you know JCM is a non profit religious organization that spreads the message of Jainism  in Twin Cities. This organization runs on your membership, donation, and support. 

We would like to request that if you are not a member of JCM or an annual member (which needs to renew every year by you), please consider to become a 
LIFETIME MEMBERof this great organization ($300 for family & $200 for individual lifetime membership). This way you can show your support to our organization as well as remove annual renewal task from your to-do list.

Click here to get membership details and form. In case of any further information required please send your query to

Special Note – JCM 2018 Donation Receipt

Receipts for donations to JCM in the year 2018 are being sent out. If you have not received the same, please send an email to  or with the details.

JCM 2019 Board
As you know this year we have new JCM Board as below:
  • President: Parthiv Shah
  • Vice President: Viraj Gandhi
  • Secretary: Saurabh Gandhi
  • Treasurer: Bhavin Shah
  • Member-at-large: Gomtesh Jain
  • Member-at-large: Deval Vora
  • Member-at-large: Pranesh Jain   
  • Member-at-large: Kanan Shah  
  • Past President: Rajpal Jain

JCM 2019 TAC
  • Ram Gada – Chair
  • Rajeev Jain
  • Bharat Kothari
  • Parthiv Shah
  • Rajpal Jain

Your Feedback
If you have any suggestion or feedback for the JCM Board please feel free to contact us  at
Click Here for feedback or survey of JCM “January – March” Events.

JCM 2019 Board

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