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Young Jains of America

December E-Newsletter

National Service Weekend, Vote for the #YJA14 Theme & More!

Upcoming Events

National Service Weekend - Dec. 20, 2013
YJA will be hosting it's first ever National Service Weekend, December 20 - December 22nd. Everyone is welcome to partake, no matter what city you are from! Let's show the nation what Jains can do for the community. Please keep an eye out on our website and regional Facebook pages for more information. 
If you would like to help organize a volunteer event for your city, please e-mail us at

Cookies & Cocoa with YJA Michigan (Dec. 8)

Studying for finals can rough. Real rough. Join us to de-stress a bit - give your brain a break, and maybe make some new friends!

National Service Weekend with YJA Long Beach (Dec. 15)
SoCal Jains will be serving dinner at First Friends Church in Long Beach on December 15th at 5:30 PM. You must be at least 15-years-old to participate, with a signed waiver form. On the day of the service please wear your "Keep Calm and Ahimsa" shirt along with good gripped, close toed shoes. Girls, you must have your hair tied up in a ponytail! Join us afterwards for dinner at The Veggie Grill.

YJA News & Updates

Southeast Retreat - In Closing:
In one weekend, over 30 Jains all across the Southeast came together for an unforgettable weekend. From some tasty Jain food, to educational sessions, to the Jain Olympics and mafia, this retreat was a total success! The Southeast family continues to grow and the memories we make will last a lifetime. Check out all the awesome memories from #Tugaloo13.

National Jiv Daya Day Events
On November 28, 2013 YJA participated in National Jiv Daya Day, an event created by JAINA. We hosted 15 Pujas or Navokar Jaaps to pray for all the turkeys that were killed on Thanksgiving. Together we made a huge impact and promoted the message of Ahimsa. Check out some of the photos below:

Jain Community News

Young Jain Professionals (YJP) Hosts Networking Dinners Throughout U.S. Cities
Young Jain Professionals (YJP) is back! Meet other professionals at one of the dinner listed below in various U.S. cities. Don't miss out on a chance to network and exchange business cards with like minded individuals!
Don't forget your business cards! For all questions, please e-mail Vaibhav Ajmera and Ami Doshi at
"An Interfaith Thanksgiving" JAINA's Latest Huffington Post Article
Click to read a heartwarming piece on interfaith, sharing values, and the real meaning of Thanksgiving.



There are 8 months until #YJA14 and it's time for YOU, Sejal, to MAKE YOUR PICK for the 2014 YJA Convention theme! The survey will be open for two weeks.

Questions? E-mail May the best theme win!


We at YJA are thankful for followers like you. While Thanksgiving is a time for reflection and gratitude, we know the question on your mind: how can Jains really hold a true Thanksgiving feast?

Though Thanksgiving may be over, look no further for an easy Jain meal. Click here for Falguni Gala's two-minute video guide to making some delicious Jain-friendly pasta!


Have you read the latest issue of Young Minds? Read up up #YJA14 updates, a tribute to Tarla Dalal, cooking recipes and much much more! Interested in contributing to our next issue? We want your thoughts, opinions and perspective in our next issue.

You may start up discussions that will last a lifetime. Please e-mail for more info. The world is your audience, get your voice out there today!


This holiday season, we are launching our first 30 Day Compassion Challenge! Join the challenge, Sejal, and invite your friends to join. By registering, you will receive daily inspirational messages (including quotes, videos, and action ideas) to practice compassion. You will also be part of a Facebook Group where you can share with others and be inspired!
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