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November 29, 2016: To kick off the holiday season, we hope you’ll give to YJA during our #givingtuesday campaign. Giving Tuesday is the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and was started as an international day of giving as part of the kickoff for the winter holiday season. After reflecting with friends and family about what we are thankful for, Giving Tuesday provides an opportunity to act to share what we have with others with a donation. Your donations will fund YJA’s many educational, social, and service-related activities, which bring youth together to talk about Jain values, practices, and Jainism in our daily lives.

You can donate online any time between now and 11/29 at If you would like to mail a check, please email No amount is too small!

On behalf of the YJA Executive Board, we truly appreciate your support and are excited to use these donations to keep bringing you new and stronger programs this year!

November 22, 2016: Make sure to check out our Thanksgiving edition of Young Minds as we get excited for #GivingTuesday!

As you read about how Jain youth across the country celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, we hope you’ll take some time to reflect on what you are thankful for and how YJA is a part of that. Make a donation, large or small, anytime between now and November 29th at to show how much YJA means to you during this giving season.

From the YJA family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

November 20, 2016: You asked, and we answered! In the last few weeks, we received great questions on Jainism from attendees at National Dinners all over the country, ranging from the origins of Jainism, to why we don’t eat eggs, to language barriers at the temple. Our Director of Education, Anjali Doshi, and Director of Project Development, Chintav Shah, answered these questions and more on our latest webinar: #DearYJA. With a variety of topics and answers, we hope every viewer learned something new!

November 2016: Across the country, YJA is having national dinners! Visit your region’s page for more details.

October 31, 2016: The Fall 2016 issue of Young Minds has been released! Meet the Executive Board, learn more about the significance of Diwali in Jainism and find out what went on when the board met up in Newark to kick-off their term.