JAINA is an acronym for the Federation of Jain Associations in North
America, an umbrella organizations to preserve, practice, and promote
Jainism in USA and Canada. It was founded in 1981 and formalized
in 1983. 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.
5 Interfaith and Relief Actions
JAINA Ratna Award
7 See also
9 External links
The Jain Center of Southern California 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 and Chicago. The
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 and Sushil
Stage with dignitaries at
JAINA 2017 at Edison, NJ
The conventions are now termed
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. It also publishes textbooks on
Jainism, a calendar and a monthly magazine, and operates an online
Jain library.
There are over 70 organizations that are part of JAINA. JAINA
represents over 160,000 Jains in USA and Canada. It also has 32
subcommittees involved in different activities, including Young Jains
of America(YJA), for ages 14-29.
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.
JAINA conventions draw thousands of representatives from Jain
communities in the USA and Canada.
There are over 30
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 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)
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
Interfaith and Relief Actions
JAINA has been involved in several interfaith actions. It also
organizes relief activities.
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JAINA Ratna Award
JAINA Ratna Award is the highest recognition awarded by the North
American Jain community.
JAINA Ratna award is distinct from the 26 Jain Ratna awards given
by the Prime Minister of India
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
Atal Bihari Vajpayee on the occasion of
Lord Mahavira's 2600th birth anniversary celebrations.
Jain Center of America
Jainism in the United States
Jainism in Canada
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