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#YJA14 Convention Location Revealed in Young Minds!
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Congrats to our newly elected 2013-2013 YJA Executive Board

Co Chairs: Parag Parekh & Sejal Dhruva

Director of Education: Priyal Gandhi

Director of Events: Bonita Parikh

Director of Finance: Neeketa Sheth

Director of Fundraising: Sunny Dharod

Director of IT: Ankit Shah

Director of Project Development: Mayha Parikh

Director of Public Relations: Mitali Parmar

Director of Publications: Sonny Shah

Mid-Atlantic Regional Coordinator: Kunal Shah

Mid-West Regional Coordinator: Shikhar Shah

Northeast Regional Coordinator: Sneha Parikh

South Regional Coordinator: Viraj Mehta

Southeast Regional Coordinator: Jinen Shah

West Regional Coordinator: Khushali Gala

Keep Calm and Ahimsa - Buy your T-Shirt today!

If you weren’t able to attend JAINA, we were selling t-shirts with “Keep Calm and Ahimsa” as the design. Lucky for you, we are selling the t-shirts online with FREE shipping! Purchase one (or more for your friends and family) today! 

August 23-24 - 2nd Annual International Jain Conference: "Women's Perspectives in the Dharma Traditions"

What is the state of women in the world today? How do religious traditions hinder women’s freedoms and what opportunities exist for developing new paradigms and practices? Join Claremont Lincoln University for a  two-day event of powerful keynote speakers and presenters across traditions who respond to  gender violence, political exclusion, and cultural marginalization by catalyzing women’s expansive power and creativity toward tangible change. Visit their website for more information and to register:

August 24-September 29 - Dharma and Yoga Fest in Seattle, Portland, Atlanta, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New Jersey!

Starting on August 24th in Seattle, WA, the Dharma and Yoga Fest will be held across various cities in the United States. Dharma and Yoga Fest event will commemorate Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth anniversary in 2013 by celebrating his vision of “Universal Peace Through Dharma and Yoga.” Register for the Seattle location at today!

September 2 Deadline - Peace of Mind Yogic Center 2013 Essay Competition

The Peace of Mind Yogic Center established by Shri Shrutpragya Swami is encouraging all age groups to participate in their First Annual Essay Competition. All essays must be submitted by Monday, September 2, 2013 and should be no more than 500 words. Please submit all essays to
Download the flyer for a breakdown of the age groups and the essay topics.

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

Vandana - An English Transliterated Collection of Jain Stavans

Jain youth often feel left out in our bhavanas and stavans because our books are in Gujarati and Hindi. There is a new book we'd like to announce--after years of effort in selecting, collecting and editing our favorite Jain stavans, we bring you Vandana: a carefully selected collection of Jain songs that is created by and especially for today’s Jain youth. By providing the Gujarati or Hindi text PLUS English transliteration for each of the 140 songs, we hope to transform the experience of participating in musical bhavana into something meaningful and enjoyable for the whole family. Vandana is a non-profit project, 100% of profits will be donated to charity. Please check it out at

College and Jainism – Staying Cool in School?

This webinar is focused on students entering and currently in college. 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. Please join Sonali Vakharia in discussing how to manage common college conflicts, and get some great tips on staying Jain and sane. Stay tuned for more details on the date and time.

JAINA Student Internship Program (JASI)

The JAINA Student Internship (JASI) is a full-time, intensive internship offering U.S. undergraduate and graduate students a chance to work with a service-based community organization in a start-up environment. JASI interns receive hands-on experience that provides professional and personal growth in the areas of non-profit project management, IT support, and social networking/community building, as well as rewarding opportunities to support the global Jain community.  Interested in applying? Check it out at

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