Center Inauguration of the Jain Center of Greater Boston, Norwood, 26-28 June 2010

The Jain Center of Greater Boston (JCGB), established in 1973, has seen great growth over the years. Now with over three hundred members, the community purchased a former synagogue in Norwood that will better serve its needs than the small former church it used to occupy. After months of collaboration to renovate the new Center, it was officially opened at the Inauguration in June 2010. A rare event, the Inauguration was celebrated with vibrant decorations, rituals, a procession, and a cultural program.


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Jainism is one of India's ancient traditions of life and practice. Jains affirm that each living being possesses a soul and, accordingly, the ethic of ahimsa or non-violence is central to the Jain tradition. Jains first came from India to America in the late 1960s, establishing the Jain Center of Greater Boston (JCGB) in 1973. Since 1981, members of the JCGB have gathered in a former Swedish Lutheran church in Norwood; plans are now underway to develop a new, purpose-built derasar (temple). A second local organization, the Jain Sangh of New England (JSNE), formed in 2000. The JSNE is based in an office building in Woburn; they recently purchased a property in neighboring Burlington to establish a derasar. The JCGB and JSNE provide opportunities for worship and education for some 350 Jain families in Greater Boston. Read full essay