Religious Diversity News

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Norwood’s Jain Center Marks New Era

Author: Victoria Gvoves

Source: Wicked Local Norwood

Two floats and hundreds of costumed participants joined in a grand procession Sunday from the old Jain Center of Greater Boston at 25 Cedar St. to its brand new digs at 556 Nicholas St.

The congregation decided to move after it outgrew its Cedar Street location in recent years, a spot it’s called home since 1981.

Norwood’s Jain Center Celebrating Move This Weekend

Author: Lindsay Briggs

Source: Wicked Local Norwood

Jitendra Vora, Sanjay Shah and Arti Mehta, all members of the Jain Center of Greater Boston, sat in a meeting room on June 21 at their new temple, located on Nichols Street, preparing for this weekend’s upcoming celebration.

Volunteers have been working on preparing the center for months. The facility will be very bare until the rest of the items, including idols, are brought over from the Cedar Street center. The three members sat in a conference room with wall-to-wall bookshelves with a variety of books on Jainism.

“We are getting a new home,” said Mehta, vice president of the organization.

More than 300 families currently attend the Jain Center of Greater Boston at 15 Cedar St. in Norwood but on Saturday, June 26, the members will begin their worship in their new building at 556 Nichols St.

Quincy Hosts Indian Diwali Festival

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Wicked Local Quincy/The Patriot Ledger

Members of the Hindu community celebrated goodness and forgiveness Sunday night during the annual festival of Diwali. “We come together, dance together, sing together,” said Arun Chaudharl, one of the organizers of the Quincy event.

“This is a worldwide festival now, because Hindus are living all over the world.” Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil within an individual and the coming of the New Year for Hindus. It is called the Indian community’s Festival of Light.

India Conference for Educators Attracts (Too) Many Teachers


Source: India New England

More than half of the applicants who wanted to participate in the one-day workshop on India for teachers on March 3 could not be accommodated.

“It was incredible. We could have had twice as many people if we had the space,” said Peter Gilmartin, associate program director with Primary Source, a nonprofit that organized the workshop in cooperation with the South Asia Initiative at Harvard. “We had to turn away more than half the people who called us up as individuals. … One teacher could come [only] because another teacher from Acton couldn’t come.”

New England Jains Celebrate Forgiveness Festival

Source: INDIA New England News

On September 19, 2005 INDIA New England News reported, “Jainism, a religion teaching non-violence in every sense, stipulates that there is a correlation between our actions and consequences. The religion encourages people to set aside some time for meditation, prayer and forgiveness. Jains believe that through forgiveness, friendship will spread throughout the world and that all living beings will cherish each other. To uphold these values, the Jain Sangh of New England recently observed ‘Paryushanaa’ [also known as Paryusan Parva] or the festival of forgiveness. This year the festival was celebrated from Sep 1 to Sep 8 at the Jain temple, Woburn, Mass… During the auspicious ‘Paryusan Parva,’ JNSE organizes many prayer meetings, discourses by learned philosophers from India and daily offerings. Jains believe in fasting and penance.”

Hate Crimes Soar in Massachusetts

Source: The Boston Herald

On September 25, 2002 The Boston Herald reported that “the number of hate crimes in Massachusetts rose dramatically in the year of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, largely as a result of a backlash against Muslims and Arabs, according to a new state report. A total of 576 incidents were reported in 2001, up 24 percent from the 463 reported in 2000, according to the Governor’s Task Force on Hate Crimes. Among them were 133 crimes motivated by religious bias, a 43 percent increase over the previous year’s 93, mostly due to a 10-fold increase in anti-Islamic incidents. Those attacks soared from three in 2000 to 30 last year, causing crimes based on religious affiliation to surpass those based on sexual orientation to become the second most common type of bias, behind only race, ethnicity or national origin, the task force found.”