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YJA's two favorite things are coming together this year – a little interregional rivalry, and a whole lot of giving – just in time for the holiday season! YJA is hosting it's second annual Interregional Clothing Drive from Dec. 1st to Jan. 15th (ignore Facebook dates due to only allowing 2 week events) to benefit families in your community that may be ill-prepared for the winter. From the gently-used coats at the back of your closet to the jeans that fit a little tighter than you'd like to admit, we'll take all of your new and gently-used clothing articles! On board with donating? Of course you are! Here are the clothing repositories we've set-up for you, organized by region:

Mid-Atlantic | RC: Mansi Shah

Caldwell, NJ: Caldwell Deraser

Edison, NJ: JVBNA Sangh

New Brunswick, NJ: JCNJ Sangh

West New York: JSOU Sangh

Rutgers University (contact Mansi Shah for details)

Mid-West | RC: Charmi Shah


Chicago (Suburbs), IL: JSMC Sangh

Detroit, MI: JSGD Sangh

Minneapolis, MN: JCM Sangh

Louisville, KY: Louisville Sangh

Milwaukee, WI: Jain Center of WI

Cleveland, OH: JSGC Sangh

Columbus, OH: JCOCO Sangh

Chicago (UIC), IL: UIC (contact Dharmi Shah for details)

Chicago (DePaul), IL: Depaul University (contact Sehal Shah for details)

Chicago (UChicago), IL: University of Chicago (contact Anand Shah for details)

Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan (contact Hetali Lodaya for details)

Northeast | RC: Aastha Kodia


Hartford, CT: Jain Center of Connecticut

Boston, MA: JSGB Sangh

South | RC: Prapti Ghiya


Austin, TX: JSGA Sangh

Dallas, TX: JSNT Sangh

Houston, TX: JSH Sangh

Southeast | RC: Rishab Jain


Orlando, FL: JSCF Sangh

Atlanta, GA: JSGA Sangh

Raleigh, NC: JSCNC Sangh

Atlanta (GTech), GA: Georgia Tech (contact Rishab Jain for details)

West | RC: Pranay Patni


San Francisco, CA: JCNC Sangh

Los Angeles, CA: JCSC Sangh

Las Vegas, Nevada: (contact Vidul Jain for details)

Berkeley, CA: UC-Berkeley (contact Rea Savla for details)

Please join the Jain community this year in spreading compassion! Feel free to reach out to your Regional Coordinator (listed above) or your Director of Events, Anand Shah (, should you have questions or want to set-up a Clothing Drive receptacle.

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Meet your 2017 - 2018 YJA Convention Committee! They come from all around the country, but are united by a common goal - to make the 2018 YJA Convention the best one yet. Check out the dream team above! 

Are you interested in being a part of the action as well? Apply to the YJA Convention Subcommittees here to be involved in the Convention planning process! Applications are due on Wednesday, December 13th. 

Get excited for a new YJA Pathshala lesson coming next week! We’re can’t wait to dive into The History of Jainism After Bhagwan Mahavir with a new video, flashcards, and handouts. 

We’ve heard so many of your stories about YJA Pathshala - being away from home and reading a lesson during Paryushan, catching up on Jainism basics that you never learned as a child by reading a handout on your commute, using YJA Pathshala videos to teach family or friends about basic Jain concepts. We are so glad that this program has helped so many YJAers and members of the Jain community - but we want to make it even better!

In the meantime - give us your feedback! What do you like about YJA Pathshala so far? What would you change? If you haven’t used it yet, why? What would you like to see? Fill out the survey and you could win a $20 Amazon gift card. 

Getting to know fellow Jains and learn about Jainism is its own reward, but prizes can also be great! ‘Tis the season to be on Forums! Forums is an amazing way to learn more about your fellow Jains, Jainism, and yourself, but prizes don’t hurt either. From December 14th through the 25th, you’ll get a point for each post, comment, or new thread you make. Posts can range anywhere from 1 sentence to 3 paragraphs and beyond. They can include pictures, links, polls, and more! Share your excitement about Retreats and Convention, the holiday season, your favorite movie, and more. To create a positive online space to discuss topics such as mental health, you can also post anonymously. Feel free to make a new thread as well if you don’t see a relevant thread to a topic you’d like to discuss. At the end of the 12 days, the top 3 young Jains who make the most posts will receive either a $20 e-gift card or a $20 discount off Retreat registration. So, what are you waiting for? Make an account today (if you haven’t already) and start posting! 

The holiday season is among us and what better way to celebrate than with your YJA family! From ice skating to light shows, click on a region to see all events in that area or click on your individual city - we'll see you there!
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