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From all of us at YJA, Happy New Years to you and your loved ones. We hope 2018 brings you lots of happiness, joy, prosperity, and the ability to pursue your new year dreams. Our goal for 2018 is to connect more Jain youth across the nation, create awesome projects and events, and make #YJA18 the best Convention yet. 

As we ring in the new year, we would like to take a moment to say thanks to all our members and supporters for making 2017 such a memorable year. It is because of you that we are able to continue making a positive impact on the Jain youth community around the country. Thank you for all you have done, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

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
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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

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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

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Hartford, CT: Jain Center of Connecticut

Boston, MA: JSGB Sangh

South | RC: Prapti Ghiya

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Austin, TX: JSGA Sangh

Dallas, TX: JSNT Sangh

Houston, TX: JSH Sangh

Southeast | RC: Rishab Jain

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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

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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 (events@yja.org), should you have questions or want to set-up a Clothing Drive receptacle.

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With so many of Jainism’s principles taught to us by Mahavir-swami’s life and teachings, how has Jainism survived for over 2,500 years after his nirvana? How did Jainism change and adapt to persist in modern times? How did the efforts of Jain acharyas and spokesmen help secure royal support of the religion? Where has Jainism left its mark across the Indian subcontinent, and what role do sects play in our modern understanding of what it means to be Jain?

In this month’s YJA Pathshala lesson, we explore this history after Bhagwan Mahavir and see how Jainism has both left an impact and been impacted over time. To see this month’s content, head to yja.org/pathshala. Happy learning!

Hello Mid-Best! Retreat registration is LIVE, and we want to make sure that you save the date (February 9th-11th) for the Mid-West retreat. Whether you're a retreat veteran or a first-timer, we want you to be a part of the fun! Get ready to make new YJA friendships and rekindle old ones, attend awesome sessions, devour (and create) yummy food, and connect with fellow Jains from across the Mid-West. Click here to register! As always, please feel free to email Charmi Shah at midwest@yja.org with any questions, comments, or concerns.
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