Federation of Jain Associations in North America

Published: 22.07.2004
Updated: 02.07.2015

The Federation of JAINA is an umbrella organization of local Jain Associations in USA and Canada and was started with the blessings from Gurudev Shri Chitrabhanuji and Acharya Shri Sushil Kumarji. It 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.

JAINA is a federation of 62 Jain organizations representing more than 100,000 Jains living in USA and Canada without any distinction based on sect, language or region. It has provided a forum to foster friendship and unity among various Jain communities in North America.


  1. Promote religious and educational activities related to the Jain religion and to develop better understanding of the Jain religion.
  2. Assist and promote charitable and humanitarian activities in North America and worldwide.
  3. Actively promote vegetarianism and Nonviolence.
  4. Provide and promote academic and cultural exchanges amongst Jains everywhere.
  5. Assist existing Jain associations and support the formation of new Jain associations in North America
  6. Serve as a liaison with government agencies in pursuance of the above objectives.
  7. Foster cordial relationships with interfaith or multi faith organizations.

    JAINA functions through more than 300 Volunteers from all corners of North America. It has an executive assistant with Headquarters in Getzville (Suburb of Buffalo, NY). The Executive Committee of JAINA is elected every two years from a group of Directors nominated by member organizations.

JAINA Headquarters
P.O. Box 700
Getzville, NY 14068

  • 716 636-5342
  • www.jaina.org

Older Publications

    published quarterly and mailed free to more than 10,000 Jain families in North America and Worldwide.
    The Jain Voice of North America - A monthly electronic newsletter by the Federation of Jain Associations in North America


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