Welcome to Jain Society Of Seattle
A Journey down the memory lane
JSS was formed by a handful members coming together back in 2002 (Dev Gandhi, Sudhir Shah & Satendra Jain). Dev has since moved out of state and soon after, Sudhir Shah with his busy work schedule requested and encouraged Raju Shah, Satendra Jain, Paresh Shah & Sumitra Sheth to step up and manage the regular JSS programs. To have a consistent fixed location for our activities, we started our regular programs at HTCC from April 2003 and we have been using this HTCC facility for the past 14+ years. During 2006-2007, along with rising Jain population, interest in JSS activities picked up and we formed a first board by selection of interested members. At that time, the board selected, Raju Shah as President, Satendra Jain as VP, Sumitra Sheth as Secretary and Paresh Shah as Treasurer. Pathshala was run by Kavita & Kalpit Jain with help of few volunteers until they moved out of country in 2012 and Vandana Jain took over with help from few volunteers and still running. Since then, Sumitra Sheth has moved out of state and Kalpesh Bhimani has stepped in to fill the gap to continue web/e-mail/evite operation. As a group, this team has been running the programs for JSS for quite a few years. In 2016 first time JSS created formal board of 11 members where Raju Shah was President, Prasham Ajmera Vice President, Kalpesh Bhimani Secretary, Paresh Shah Treasurer along with board members Ketan Sheth, Archna Jain, Bharti Shah, Vandana Jain, Jimit Shah, Himesh Shah, Jitesh Shah. New board brought new ideas and JSS able to take online donations, has great social media presence and in general improved communications with members. JSS also sold 2016 Diwali tickets online first time. During 2017 election we also added 4 new members Reshma Jain, Manish Jain, Parthiv Shah & Manthan Maru to expand the board to 15 but before end of the year 6 members (Himesh Shah, Jimit Shah, Prasham Ajmera, Manthan Maru, Parthiv Shah & Kalpesh Bhimani) left the board due to personal reasons. First time during Paryushan with help from Reshma Jain JSS were able to invite scholar during 11 days paryushan. Ketan Sheth started new website project with help from remaining board. Fast forwarding to today, it is exciting to see that the economic growth in the region has brought equally passionate Jain members to the Seattle area as well. This has resulted in an intense increase in the interest and active involvement of members in the activities of JSS. It’s now time to take JSS to next level with new ideas and recharge energy. Keeping in line with the constitution, JSS is holding a general body meeting as well as an election for the board of directors annually.
To pursue a goal of practicing, promoting and preserving the Jain religion.
JSS would first like to thank HTCC for letting us use the facility every 2nd Sunday afternoon since 2003. Next, JSS would like to thank major donors (over 5K) like Chandresh Shah & family, Naveen Jain, Sunil Shah, Raju Shah, Paresh Shah, Ramesh Shah, Ketan Sheth, Nilesh Parson as well as various other JSS members whose total contributions to HTCC over the years have amounted to more than $260K.
Chandresh Shah, Pravin Shah, Harish Shah and their families have over the years sponsored and are always available to sponsor major events for JSS. JSS would like to recognize them and thank them sincerely. In addition, JSS would like to thank Sunil Shah for spending countless hours for acting as the bridge between HTCC & JSS, as well as making sure that interests of JSS are looked after at the HTCC.
As you all know, JSS has a large group of volunteers that are always ready to help. JSS thank them for their hard work and support. Most of our programs over the years have been sponsored and I thank all sponsors for their support on behalf of JSS. Please accept our apologies in advance for not mentioning any volunteer by name since there are too many to list.
Jain Dharma Prabhavna
HTCC started with the current temple project several years ago and now with the permit in HTCC’s hands, the construction of Jain Garbha Griha is going to move into high gear as part of Temple Phase-1. Please visit website for more details on the project or see ongoing construction in person at new temple.
As we all know, construction costs serious money and the construction of this Jain Garbha Griha at HTCC is no different. Please open your hearts and donate generously to HTCC. Let us as Jain community target $200K of funds towards the construction of the garbha griha. All donors above $5K will also be recognized both for Jain Garbha Griha as well as the Donor List on the main temple wall. If you have already donated to HTCC and/or are planning to donate, please let JSS know.