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Young Jains of America

Mid-February E-Newsletter

West Retreat, Special Convention Corner News, and More!

Upcoming Events

Strike Up the Fun: We’re Having Dinner and Going Bowling

'Roll' on over, there's no time to 'spare,' we're having dinner and going bowling and we want you there! You voted and we listened, so please join your fellow Bay Area Jains for a night of delicious food at Sweet Tomatoes followed by cosmic bowling at the Homestead Bowl in Cupertino (it's about a five minute drive from the restaurant).

Can't join us for dinner? No problem - we'll see you at the lanes. Address: 20990 W. Homestead Rd., Cupertino, CA

PLEASE BRING: (1) Socks, and (2) ~$12 for shoes and play.

Bring a friend, bring two friends, or bring yourself and meet new people. Please e-mail if you have any questions.

West Region Retreat (March 21-23)
Join Jain youth from across the West for a weekend of mafia, hiking/yoga in Sequoia National Park, vegan baking, and of course, amazing educational sessions! This is going to be a weekend of learning about Jainism, connecting the mind, body, and soul, and a great chance for you to meet some new friends, learn something new, and have an amazing, fun filled weekend.

Registration ends on Tuesday, March 18 at 11:59 PM PST. SPOTS ARE LIMITED THIS YEAR! REGISTER QUICKLY!

If you have any questions or would like to lead a session at the retreat, please do not hesitate to contact us at


Hey Sejal, we got some NEW news for you from our Public Relations & Souvenirs team!

Special Announcement from Public Relations

Are you excited about 2014 YJA Convention? Are you busy reminiscing about past convention memories? Well here is your chance to share those memories with us! The Public Relations team would like you to send in your old YJA memories from previous conventions, and you’ll be featured either on our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and/or our next newsletter. All you need to do is e-mail us your photo(s) to (subject: YJA Memories). Please include the year of convention, location, and your name, & social media user name to be featured! We hope you are excited as much as us, and can’t wait to share your memories!


Vote Today for Your Favorite Souvenirs!

The 2014 YJA Convention is taking place in Washington D.C. this year and we would like to spread the theme of democracy among our attendees. Make selections of your preferred souvenir choices, and perhaps you may see them in your YJA bag in July! Voting ends on February 28, 2014!


Stay tuned for more exciting updates! For immediate questions, please e-mail


Jain Community News

Young Jain Professionals (YJP) - Nationwide Events

2/21 Networking Dinner (Raleigh, NC) | Join us Friday, February 21, at 7pm, as we enjoy an authentic dinner at Sai Krishna Bhavan in Morrisville, NC. Contact Rupal Vora:

2/22 Lunch & Biking (Long Beach, CA) | Join us Saturday, February 22, at 12:00pm to enjoy lunch at Ahimsa Vegan Cafe and bike riding in Shoreline Village. Contact: Sheenika Shah at

3/7 Networking Dinner (Atlanta, GA) | Join us Friday, March 7, at 7:30pm, as we enjoy a contemporary dinner at Green Sprout Vegetarian Cuisine. Contact: Sejal Shah at

3/7 - 3/9 YJP Northeast Winter Retreat 2014
Join YJP from March 7-9 (Friday evening to Sunday evening) to unwind at Race Brook Lodge - a retreat filled with networking, educational sessions and social activities. The lodge is just minutes away from Catamount Ski Area where we will be enjoying the snow once last time before the season ends! Interested? Register today!


Check out the latest JAINA Huffington Post Articles!

By reading, liking, sharing, and commenting, you’ll help us let The Huffington Post know these Jain perspectives are worth sharing. Interested in writing an article yourself? Email


We're bringing something new to #yja14 and want YOU to participate! Sign up to compete in YJA's first ever Jain Academic Bowl.

No knowledge? No problem - it's a totally new playing field. Check out the registration link for more details!

Join the social media fun this year by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Keep a look out on the official convention hash tag #YJA14. Who knows, YOU may be featured in the next Convention Corner updates!
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