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Mid-September Newsletter

Upcoming Events

9/21 - YJA Board Takes Over D.C.
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The 2013-2014 Executive Board will be in D.C. (well, Dulles, VA, to be exact) from September 19-21 to plan out an exciting year! Join us for dinner on Saturday night at Vapiano.  Can't make dinner? No worries! Join us for bowling at Bowl America Dranesville afterwards - we hope to see you there! RSVP HERE.

Busy on Saturday night? Join us at the Jain Society of Metropolitan Washington (1021 Briggs Chaney Rd Silver Spring, MD 20905) on Sunday, September 22 at 11:30am.

WEAR YOUR NEW AHIMSA SHIRT! We'll be taking some #awesome group photos that you know you want to be part of.

10/8 - Be the Change Volunteer Event
Register Here

YJA New York will be volunteering at Be The Change! We will be helping our community by committing our entire day to service. To register for the YJA group, you must register individually. When you register as an individual, put Young Jains of America in the 2 boxes for “Affiliation” and “If you are part of an organization or group participating in Be The Change, please provide the name of your group." Register here! If you have any questions, or concerns please email us at

10/18 - YJA National Dinner

SAVE THE DATE - Friday, October 18! The event of the season is right around the corner. Although we live in every nook and cranny of the country, we can celebrate togetherness at the YJA National Dinner. Mark your calendars so you don't miss this event! If you would like to help bring a National Dinner to your city, email

11/8 - 10 - Southeast Fall Retreat
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Our first retreat of the year is here! Who’s ready for #Tugaloo13?!  Come join us at Tugaloo State Park for a weekend of learning about Jainism, meeting new friends, catching up with old friends, and simply put - have a blast :) Register now! If you have any questions please email our Southeast RC, Jinen Shah at

YJA News & Updates

9/29 - Webinar College and Jainism – Staying Cool in School? (Suburbs to the Big Campus)

This webinar is focused on students entering and currently in college, but would be a good introduction for high school seniors as well. For those of us who have grown up in a Jain household, college can be a challenging environment to maintain certain Jain values and habits. Some topics to be discussed include how to meet people, dorm life, food, and alcohol/parties. Please join Sonali Vakharia in discussing how to manage these common college conflicts, and get some great tips on staying Jain and sane. Webinar will take place on Sunday, September 29th at 7:30 pm.  Click Here to Sign-Up!


Paryushan and Das Lakshan

We hope you all had a peaceful Paryushan and are having a peaceful Das Lakshan this year! If we have hurt you in any way, either knowingly or unknowingly, Micchami Dukkadam. YJA would like to recognize all the tapasvis, who have fasted or plan to fast this Paryushan or Das Lakshan. If you have completed a tap (fast), or plan to in the near future please fill out our form here:

Daily Dose of Jainism Blog Series

We hope everyone enjoyed the “Daily Dose of Jainism” blog series written by our own Director of Education, Priyal Gandhi. There were some wonderful comments, questions, and thoughts that were shared. We encourage everyone to take a moment to visit the YJA Blog and share their thoughts with us! Interested in writing a blog post? E-mail us at

JAINA and Other Community Updates

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

Young Jains UK Looking For Article Writers!

Anooj Dodhia, the new editor for the Young Jains UK magazine, is reaching out to our talented community for some budding writers for their next issue, on Jainism & Cosmology. In particular, they would like to discuss the journey of the soul through various stages of the universe - and related matters. If you're interested in writing for this issue - whether or not you have a particular article in mind - please email


Have You Met Your Local Representative(s) (LR's)?

Our website continues to be updated with information for the 2013-2014 year, but first things first: it’s time to meet your wonderful LR's. Take a moment to visit your region’s website on to meet some of the people that will be working hard to make sure your year is memorable.

Interested in becoming a Local Representative? Please visit
Keep Calm and Ahimsa
Buy your T-Shirt today! We were selling the “Keep Calm and Ahimsa” t-shirts online for $15 - and that includes shipping! Purchase one (or more for your friends and family) today!

09/28 - YJA goes to DC VegFest

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VegFest is an annual festival that aims to promote animal-friendly cuisine, and the benefits of being vegetarian and/or vegan. DC VegFest will feature renowned speakers, good food, cooking demonstrations, and much more. For more information please visit

JSMW is hosting a booth to promote vegetarianism at the DC Vegfest on September 28, and is looking for volunteers to help in 1 hour shifts, from 10 AM to 6:30 PM. If you, or someone you know would like to help out with this please contact Ayush Jain at Feel free to sign up with a friend, because we will need at least two people in each slot.

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