About

The biennial JAINA Convention is hosted in partnership by the Federation of Jain Associations in North America (JAINA) and a local Jain Center nearby the Host City. The convention brings together over 4000 attendees, presenters, spiritual leaders, and other dignitaries from not only the United States but from around the world.

Some notable speakers the JAINA convention has hosted include the late US congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis, motivational speaker and a monk with ISKCON Gaur Gopal Das, Indian yogi Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, spiritual leader Pujya Gurudev Shri Rakesh Jhaveri, and spiritual leader Gurudev Shri Chitrabhanu.

The first JAINA Convention was held in Los Angeles, CA in 1981 and hosted by the Jain Center of Southern California to unify the 15 Jain Centers across the country. It was at this convention that the plan for JAINA was conceptualized under the guidance of Gurudev Chitrabhanu. JAINA was formally ratified at the second biennial convention hosted by the Jain Center of America in New York, NY in 1983.

A place for many Jain families to meet, enhance their knowledge, and have fun, the JAINA Convention now attracts attendees from over 75 Jain Centers across the country and around the world. The convention welcomes people from all faiths and backgrounds, regardless of sect, caste, or social standing.

Taking the worldwide pandemic and advice of many JAINA leaders into consideration, the JAINA Executive Committee made the historic decision to cancel the 2021 Convention slated to take place in Orlando, Florida in July 2021 and instead host a fully virtual convention. Furthermore, JAINA went one step further and opened the convention to the global community.

The 21st Biennial JAINA Convention will be held from July 1st-6th, 2021 on its virtual platform.

Click on each photo to read more about our JAINA Convention 2021 board member!

Haresh Shah Convener

Mahesh Wadher Co-Convener

Bindesh Shah Co-Convener

Prem Jain

Dr. Manish Mehta

Jainesh Mehta

Dipak Doshi

Rajeev Pandya

Dr. Jasvant Modi

Ashok Savla

Sharad Doshi

Dr. Nitin Shah

Narendra Maniar

Piyush Gandhi

Devang Shah

Jayana Shah

Jigar Shah

Ketu Sheth

Hemant Shah

Mishi Jain

Pranay Patni

Maitri Palsania

Dhimen Vora

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STEERING COMMITTEE

e-mail: steering@jaina.org

This committee consists of Convener and Co-conveners.

Monitoring the quality of the project as it develops. Providing advice and sometimes making decisions about changes to the project as it developes. The Steering Committee provides support, guidance and oversight of progress.

  • Oversight on all teams and leads
  • Overall programming
  • Budget working with treasurer
  • Provide strategy, guidance and direction
  • Manage approvals and escalations
  • Dignitaries correspondence

ADVISORY COUNCIL

e-mail: advisory@jaina.org

An advisory council is a body that provides non-binding strategic advice to the management as and when needed.

  • The Advisory Board can attend all the Board meetings with no voting powers.
  • Participate and contribute in Planning meetings
  • Lend help where needed to other teams
  • Be an advocate for a successful convention
  • Maintain positive vibe amongst teams and membership
  • Support overall planning and oversee execution as per the plan

AWARDS COMMITTEE

e-mail: awards@jaina.org

The Awards Committee is responsible for providing the JAINA recognition awards during JAINA Convention for candidates who have provided a significant contribution to the Jain Community.

There are 3 types of awards.

  • 1 JAINA Ratna (Lifetime award)
  • 10 JAINA recognition awards for Adults
  • 5 JAINA recognition awards for youth. Booth and exhibition.

E-BOOTHS & EXHIBITION

e-mail: exhibition@jaina.org

Booth and exhibition Committee manages to design a floor plan for maximum booths and tablespaces based on the space allocated. They will prepare an exhibit budget, create exhibit prospectus, solicit exhibitors, manage exhibitor registration and arrange the security. They will also promote exhibitors on the conference and the website or Conference materials.

  • Convention specific Jainism Exhibition
  • Compile, curate, and/or author content
  • Research various well-established institutes and resources in India and abroad
  • Present and finalize concepts, designs working with steering team and rest of Board members
  • Plan for setup and teardown
  • Plan for logistics on showings and presentations

CULTURAL PROGRAM

e-mail: culturalprogram@jaina.org

Cultural committee will provide a platform for various cultural activities. The broad objectives are to identify, enhance and showcase talent in the field of dance, drama, music, and art. The cultural committee will promote and support interaction between other Jain centers with regard to cultural activities and create a competition in the batch which keeps those centers involved and engaged creating entertainment for everyone.

  • Plan and orchestrate cultural program presented by Jain centers
  • Ensure timely execution and completion of each performances
  • Establish guidelines and enrollment/registration process for participation
  • Review each entry and necessary dry runs for quality content, dressings, and performance and if possible manage stage rehearsals and facility usage requests
  • Manage effective execution of each cultural program – sound, lighting, filler music, projection videos
  • Select appropriate emcees for each day

DIASPORA

e-mail: diaspora@jaina.org

This initiative is to connect all the Jain Communities living in 36 countries outside of India and thereby drive greater unity and cohesiveness in the global Jain Community. This is the time for overseas Jain Communities worldwide to better leverage our common identity, views, and lifestyles by reaching out across borders and continents.

FUNDRAISING

e-mail: conventionfundraising@jaina.org

  • To plan fundraising activities for the Convention and JAINA organization by visiting all the major Jain Centers in North America.
  • Bringing awareness of JAINA projects and JAINA activities.
  • dentify and recruit community leaders to serve with board members for fundraising.
  • Seek grants and solicit funds from Corporations, individuals and external sources.

JAIN ACADEMIC BOWL (JAB)

e-mail: jab@jaina.org

The Jain Academic Bowl (JAB) is a team-based competition for young Jains. Topics range from Jain scriptures, prayers, and philosophy to Jain geography, history, and Jainism in the modern world.


JAIN CONNECT

e-mail: jc@jaina.org

Jain Milan is an opportunity for Jain youths between the age of 21 to 42 to meet in person, to make friends, to engage in networking and to possibly find a life partner. In the past Jain Milan sessions facilitated the interactions through Ice-breakers, interactive sessions, speed dating, Mixers, Meet & Greet Events, Relationship Workshops, River Cruise and Garba-Raas.

JAINS GOT TALENT (JGT)

e-mail: jgt@jaina.org

This committee will manage and bring a unique opportunity to showcase the talent in front of entire Jain Community. A competition will be carried out between Singers, Magicians, Dancers, Comedians etc.

MARKETING

e-mail: marketing@jaina.org

This committee will research, produce a marketing plan as well as strategically oversee advertising and promote JAINA Convention in order to achieve the registration goals.

MULTIMEDIA & TECHNOLOGY

e-mail: technology@jaina.org

This Committee will manage

  • Overall Audio and Projector video support
  • Overall Photography & Videography support
  • Overall Internet and WiFi support
  • Live casting to external streaming
  • IT support
  • Maintain best quality of experience for AV and Photography/Videography
  • Organize AV and Technology room and maintain control
  • Establish necessary proactive measure for effective execution in this area

PR & PRESS MEDIA

e-mail: pr@jaina.org

This Committee’s role will be to:

  • Maintain Invited Guests, Politicians, Press and prominent people’s contact information database
  • Establish communication templates (email and mail) for invitations, and follow-up communications regarding logistics
  • Invite Press & Media for pre-event press conference
  • Prepare Pre-event and Post-event press release and work with Press & media to get them published
  • Work with Guest Hospitality team

PUBLICATIONS & E-SOUVENIR

e-mail: souvenirs@jaina.org

  • Generate all kinds of publications including Logos, banners, posters, display signs,
  • Invitation letters, marketing material, newsletter, email newsletter, FR brochure, etc.
  • Plan for timely roll out of each publication
  • Design Souvenir book
  • Work with publishers and related vendors
  • Implement necessary online forms and applications
  • Manage email communications, website updates, and newsletter

REGISTRATION

  • Handle front desk reception, registration and check-ins
  • Arrange for Information/help desk

SECRETARY

e-mail: conventionsecretary@jaina.org

The role of the Secretary is to support the Board in ensuring the smooth functioning of the management Committees.

The Secretary is responsible for:

  • Ensuring meetings are effectively organized and minuted.
  • Maintaining effective records and administration.
  • Upholding the legal requirements of governing documents, Charity Law, Organization guidelines etc.
  • Communication and correspondence.

e-SIGNS & BANNERS COMMITTEE

e-mail: banners@jaina.org

Sign and Banner Committee develops all attractive event banners and informative signs required to direct public to various meeting rooms, Temple area, dinning halls, parking areas, Restrooms, Registration area etc. to help the attendees in everyway possible.

TREASURER

e-mail: conventiontreasurer@jaina.org

  • Keep track of Expense and Income budget
  • Provide reporting to Steering Team when needed
  • Collect each and every pledge and create invoice in QB
  • General Treasury tasks
  • Financial ethics and compliance

YOUTH COMMITTEE (YJP)

e-mail: yjp@jaina.org

  • Event planning for Youth
  • Encourage and promote participation of youth in overall JAINA events – e.g. Drama, cultural programs, float procession, youth lecture series, volunteering
  • Manage team of young volunteers as a resource pool to support other teams
  • Leverage YJP
  • YJP’s Mission: To increase the awareness and understanding of Jain principles and heritage by promoting networking among Jain professionals.

YOUTH COMMITTEE (YJA)

  • Event planning for Youth
  • Encourage and promote participation of youth in overall JAINA events – e.g. Drama, cultural programs, float procession, youth lecture series, volunteering
  • Manage team of young volunteers as a resource pool to support other teams
  • Leverage YJA (Young Jains of America (YJA) is an entity of Federation of the Jain Associations in North America (JAINA), a non-profit religious organization. YJA serves Jain youth from ages 14-29)