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October Newsletter

Upcoming Events

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

11/8 - 11/10 - Southeast Fall Retreat

Facebook Event

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

Paryushan and Das Lakshan

Over 55 YJAers have fasted around the nation! Take a look at our tapasvis here. Feel free to share your experience this Paryushan season by commenting down below. Micchami Dukkadam from everyone on YJA board.

The Jain Community Needs YOU!

Are you struggling to find your place in the local Jain community? Do you feel the temple just doesn’t understand youth? Are you so disenchanted by Jainism you hardly hang out with Jains or visit your local Jain center? Do you think JAINA, YJA, and local Jain centers have room for improvement? We need to know! Please help us take on the biggest survey ever and give us your ANONYMOUS two cents. Spend five minutes and fill out the form here:

Thanks for Joining Our College Webinar!

Thank you to those who joined us in listening to Sonali Vakharia’s webinar “Staying Cool in School? (From Suburbs to the Big Campus).” Your feedback is important to us - please take a quick two minutes to give us your thoughts. Missed the webinar? Click here for the Prezi and webinar recording (click link right below Prezi).

We apologize for the technical difficulties at our last webinar. However, we highly recommend you still take a look at the Paryushan/Das Lakshan PowerPoint slides prepared by Samani Unnata Pragyaji here. There’s a wealth of information!

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

YJP 2013-2014 Executive Board Applications Now Open!

Young Jain Professionals (YJP) is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Executive Board!  This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved with YJP and serve your peers and community.  Be part of an amazing team to help Jain professionals network with and inspire each other.  Please click here for more information and to apply.  Applications are due by October 10, 2013. 


Call for Submissions: Be(Coming) Desi in America

In February 2014 in Washington, D.C., Subcontinental Drift, in collaboration with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, will present a visual and performing arts exhibition entitled Be(com)ing Desi in America. For Be(com)ing Desi in America, we’re interested in recipes and works of visual and performing art that show your unique desi-ness AND tell the story of how you came to embrace it (or not), while sharing your perspective on issues of aesthetics and (body) image. Submissions and questions should be sent to Both new and existing pieces are welcome!  The deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 13, 2013.


10/18 - Annual 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.

A few dinners have popped up on Facebook and many more are to come. Please take a look at our website to see if there is a dinner near you! If you would like to help bring a National Dinner to your city, email


Young Minds is Looking for Article Writers!
So, what is Young Minds? Young Minds is a quarterly publication featuring articles, recipes, educational information and regional updates BY the youth FOR the youth.

Why you? We want your thoughts, opinions and perspective in our next issue! You may start up discussions that will last a lifetime. The world is your audience, get your voice out there today! 

Click here for the requirements!

Jain Recipe of the Month

As many of you head back to school, finding quick Jain-friendly snacks to make can be difficult - especially for our young Jains moving into college housing. No fear - YJA is here to save the day with a quick, healthy, and Jain-friendly study snack.

Celery Dip

3-4 cups corn chips

10-12 stems of celery

1-cup cilantro leaves

2-green chilies

3-tsp. Sugar

1 1/2-tsp. lime juice

2-tbsp. Vinegar


Wash and chop celery stems and cilantro (coriander) leaves. Mix all the other ingredients in the mixer. It can be served with corn chips or also used as chutney with Ritz crackers.

Find this recipe and more at JainWorld.
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