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The Jain Society of Toronto (JSOT) was chartered in 1974 as a non-profit religious institution, by visionary group of individuals with the objective to provide a forum for Jains to observe and perform various activities related to Jainism, to preserve Jain culture for future generations, and to promote fellowship among all Jains.

Having started from only a few local families, the society has now grown to over 600 life and annual Jain members and over 1000 families on the mailing list. The hard work and involvement of all our members is reflected in our contributions to the community. From providing a forum for young Jains to learn and discourse about Jainism to playing an instrumental role in affecting and influencing numerous Canadian and international policies, JSOT actively engages in promoting Ahimsa. With members sitting on various councils at the provincial and federal level, JSOT is able to raise awareness and influence Canadian policy and decision-makers to include Ahimsa and the ecological tenets of Jainism in their charters.

Our Jain Centre consists of over 10,000 sq. ft, which includes a large prayer hall, library, 2 stages for cultural/religious activities, convening area for pathshala, and meetings as well as kitchen and a large Gabhara.

The Gabhara includes 9 Tirthankar idols, and a Padmavati Mata idol, representing all Jain sects. JSOT celebrates all Jain religious days/periods including Mahavir Jayanti, Paryushan Parva, Swapan Darshan, Dashlakshan Parva, Dadavadi Tirth Yatra, Deepawali, Ayambil and invites Jain scholars, sadhus, Munijis from around the world to help us celebrate, educate and provide spiritual guidance during these times. Various members help other Jain Centres, locally and across North America, with conducting Mahavir /Snatra Pooja, and Swapan Darshan during these religious days.

JSOT organizes annual social events for members including picnics, cultural dances, ski camps, and much more. Regular senior’s events and activities are enthusiastically held at our Jain center.

JSOT holds Shanti Path during times of condolence, and celebrating/recognizing the achievements and accomplishments of our members.

Apart from this JSOT was also actively engaged with the reconstruction of the province of Kutch, India by sponsoring the building of a primary school near Bhujodi, Kutch. To raise awareness of Jainism in our local community and celebrate 2600th Janma kalyanak of Bhagwan Mahavir, we showcased various pieces of Jain Art on the life of Bhagwan Mahavir created by our members at Toronto's waterfront. Over 15,000 visitors attended this event. Members are involved in providing support to underprivileged children around the world through Child Haven and other organizations. We participate in and host as many events as possible with the support of our members, including those organized with JAINA and other international Jain organizations, to continue to spread the message of non-violence.

JSOT looks forward welcoming new members into the sangh.