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JAINA
JAINA
is an acronym for the Federation of Jain Associations in North America, an umbrella organizations to preserve, practice, and promote Jainism
Jainism
in USA and Canada.[1][2] It was founded in 1981 and formalized in 1983.[3] Among Jain organization it is unique in that it represents Jains of all sects, and thus effectively represents the entire Jain community in USA and Canada.

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1 History 2 Overview

2.1 JAINA
JAINA
Symbol

3 Conventions 4 JAINA
JAINA
Committees 5 Interfaith and Relief Actions 6 JAINA
JAINA
Ratna Award 7 See also 8 References 9 External links

History[edit] The Jain Center of Southern California[4] was founded in 1979. Lalit Shah, its Vice President in 1980, suggested establishment of an umbrella organization of all the Jain organizations in North America. At that time about 15 Jain organizations were in existence, including the Jain Center of America, New York, Jain Meditation International Center founded by Chitrabhanu, International Mahavir Jain Mission founded by Sushil Kumar and Jain centers in Boston[5] and Chicago. The JAINA
JAINA
concept was initiated at the first Jain Convention held in Los Angeles in 1981 and formalized at the second Jain Convention in New York in 1983, with the advice and approval of Chitrabhanu
Chitrabhanu
and Sushil Kumar.[6]

Stage with dignitaries at JAINA
JAINA
2017 at Edison, NJ

The conventions are now termed JAINA
JAINA
Conventions, and have been held biennially in Los Angeles, New York, Detroit, Chicago, Toronto, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Toronto, Philadelphia, Chicago, Cincinnati, Houston, and Atlanta.[7] It also publishes textbooks on Jainism, a calendar and a monthly magazine, and operates an online Jain library.[citation needed] Overview[edit] There are over 70 organizations that are part of JAINA. JAINA represents over 160,000 Jains in USA and Canada.[8] It also has 32 subcommittees involved in different activities, including Young Jains of America(YJA), for ages 14-29. JAINA
JAINA
Symbol[edit] See also: Jain symbols The Federation of Jain Associations in North America uses a modified version of the standard Jain symbol, the Jain Prateek Chihna. It replaces the swastika with an om because the former is not considered a pious symbol in the western world.[9] Conventions[edit] JAINA
JAINA
conventions draw thousands of representatives from Jain communities in the USA and Canada.[10][11][12][13] JAINA
JAINA
Committees[edit] There are over 30 JAINA
JAINA
committees. Based on the needs, these committees are more or less active and are at times retired.

YJA (Young Jains of America) Award Committee Standing Election Committee Standing Fund Raising Committee Standing JAINA
JAINA
Constitution & By-Laws as of January 15, 2009 18 Interfaith Activities Committee Standing Jiv Daya Committee Standing Long Term Planning Committee Standing - Dipak Doshi(Chairman), Yogendra Jain (Immediate Past Chair)[14] Publications Committee Standing Tirthoddhar Committee Standing Veerchand Raghavji Gandhi Scholarship Fund Committee Standing World Community Service Committee Standing Book Store Committee Operational Calendar Committee Operational Education Committee Operational Governmental & International Relations Committee Operational Jain Digest Membership Committee Operational Jain Networking Forum (JNF) Operational Marriage Information Services Committee Operational Membership Committee Operational Library Committee Operational Legal Advisory Committee Operational Media/Public Relations Committee Operational Media Production Committee Operational Patron Program Committee Operational Pilgrimage Committee Operational Public Affairs Council Operational Scholar Visitation Committee Operational Technology Committee Operational Web Site Committee Operational Academic Liaison Committee Ad Hoc Adhyatmic Committee Ad Hoc Assistance Program Committee Ad Hoc Constitution Review Committee Ad Hoc Exhibition Committee Ad Hoc Jain Centers Resources Committee Ad Hoc Jain Milan Committee Ad Hoc Jain Rituals Committee Ad Hoc North American Jain Families Assistance Program Committee Ad Hoc North American Jains History Committee Ad Hoc Senior Housing Committee Ad Hoc

[15] Interfaith and Relief Actions[edit] JAINA
JAINA
has been involved in several interfaith actions.[8] It also organizes relief activities.[16]

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Ratna Award[edit] The JAINA
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Ratna Award is the highest recognition awarded by the North American Jain community.[17][18] The JAINA
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Ratna award is distinct from the 26 Jain Ratna awards given by the Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee
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on the occasion of Lord Mahavira's 2600th birth anniversary celebrations.[19] See also[edit]

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References[edit]

^ : Anita (2012-09-16). "Thousands show the Jain-way of tolerance in US - Oneindia News". News.oneindia.in. Retrieved 2013-01-18.  ^ "JAINA". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2013-01-18.  ^ Historical Perspectives of JAINA, LA-Jain Center, LA-Pathshala, Editors: S. Kothari, L. Shah, M. Khandar, LA Jain Center, July 4, 2009 ^ "$20M Jain temple
Jain temple
rises in SoCal - USATODAY.com". Usatoday30.usatoday.com. 2008-10-09. Retrieved 2013-01-15.  ^ "The Pluralism Project at Harvard University". Pluralism.org. Retrieved 2013-01-18.  ^ Indian Muslims. "Jain convention in New Jersey draws thousands Indian Muslims". Indianmuslims.info. Retrieved 2013-01-15.  ^ Jaina convention meets for networking and, maybe, marriage? BY RUCHI MUKHERJEE, 07.06.11 http://houston.culturemap.com/newsdetail/07-06-11-jain-convention-meets-for-networking-and-maybe-marriage/ ^ a b "Jains to Work With Hindu Statesman Zed on Interfaith Actions". Newsblaze.com. 2008-11-19. Retrieved 2013-01-15.  ^ "Jain Symbols". p. 29. Retrieved 2012-03-16.  ^ FUTURE OF JAIN FAITH TOPIC AT STANFORD, San Jose Mercury News (CA) - June 22, 1991 ^ BROWN ANALYZES POLITICS FOR JAINS, Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette, July 4, 1993 ^ "Jain Center's history honored". Enquirer.com. 2003-10-04. Retrieved 2013-01-15.  ^ "Jain convention in New Jersey draws thousands". TwoCircles.net. Retrieved 2013-01-15.  ^ "Long Range Planning Committee (LRP)". JAINA.org. Retrieved 2017-07-19.  ^ " JAINA
JAINA
Committee Status and Guidelines". jaina.org. Retrieved 2017-07-19.  ^ $22,000 DONATION AIDS INDIAN VILLAGE, Buffalo News - May 14, 2000 ^ Jains in India and Abroad, Prakash C. Jain, Int. School for Jain Studies, New Delhi, 2011, p. 104 ^ "An Independent Monthly". South Asian Outlook. Retrieved 2013-01-18.  ^ "Fellow Jain Members". Jainworld.com. Retrieved 2013-01-15. 

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