Leukemia patient drive on March 4, 2018 in Bedford MA

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Date: 03/04/2018
Time: 1:45 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Bedford Town Center, 12 Mudge Way, Bedford, MA 01730

Dear ZAGBA Community,
In early January we had circulated an Appeal for a bone marrow donor for Sharmin Avari (who is located in Australia).  ZAGBA is now holding a local Swab drive for anyone who wishes to be a donor and would like to see if they are a potential match for a bone marrow transplant for Sharmin Avari.  Please spread the message and you can bring your friend or relative from any community if they want to be tested.
Please read the attached Flyer carefully on the Cheek Swab drive and related details, to be held in Bedford, MA (where we hold the Z-Children’s religion classes).  This will not take up too much of your time, as the registration process itself is about 5 minutes and the cheek swap takes about a minute. You must be in good health and between the ages of 18-44 years.
DateSunday, March 4th, 2018
VenueBedford Town Center, 12 Mudge Way, Bedford, MA 01730
Many thanks and holding on to hope that Sharmin finds a potential donor from within the ZAGBA community.


“Happiness comes to them who bring happiness to others”
– Zoroastrian Texts

Sharmin, a young Zoroastrian in Melbourne, Australia has recently been diagnosed with Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia (CLL). She has 2 boys, 11 and 7 years old, a wonderful husband that she has been married to for over 12 years and was living life before she was diagnosed.

Her doctors advised that to beat the cancer, she needs a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, her sister was not a match for her. Sharmin is now relying on a stranger to save her life and searching the unrelated marrow donor database for a match. Anyone can be her match but the likelihood of finding a match will come from someone of the same ethnicity as Sharmin.

Her best chance of finding a match is within the South Asian community. All you need to do is register as a donor to help Sharmin and thousands like her in search for a matching donor and donate if you come up as a match.

To conduct a blood stem cell/marrow registration event, contact:
Dr. Yasmin Ghadiali
Mrinalini Mindi Nair
samar@samarinfo.org , www.samarinfo.org

Registration is painless, quick and easy!
⇒ 18-44 years old and in good health.
⇒ Registration form takes 5 minutes.
⇒ Cheek swab takes 1 minute
⇒ Smile! You’re done in less than 10 minutes

There is NO BLOOD DRAW to register.
All it takes is a cheek swab.
You can donate blood stemcells via your blood (80% of the time)
or from the marrow of your hip bone under anesthesia (20%).


ZAGBA’s Navroze/Nowruz Celebration

Dear Friends,

It is our pleasure to invite you all, with family and friends to the Navroze/Nowruz function on March 24th, 2018. It will be a fun evening with some delicious food and live music!!. Please RSVP by March 5th and in your RSVPs please inform us the age of each of your kids. This is important.

A ‘Maybe’ RSVP will be considered as ‘NO’

Some of the items on the Agenda are: Haft Seen Table Presentation by our kids and introduction of the New Zagba Board.  We also have Live Music for all ages. ZAGBA Calendars will be distributed.

Please remember to renew your annual ZAGBA Membership to avail of the member rates for all functions. (send a separate check for membership please).

Date: Saturday, March 24 from 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Venue: Church of St. John of Damascus 300 West Street Dedham, MA 02026


5:30pm – 6:00pm: Socializing & Appetizers.

6:00pm – 7:00pm: Haft Seen Table Presentation

7:00pm – 8:00pm: Financial Review and Board Update

8:00pm – 8:15pm: Introduction of the New ZAGBA Board

8:15pm – 10:30 pm: Dinner, Live Music, Dancing

Please inform us if you are vegetarian or have any food allergies (other than Gluten).

Member-Dinner Rate*

$30.00–Per Adult

$25.00–Per Senior

$20.00–Full Time Students and Kids (ages 10-17 )

$15.00–Kids ages 5 to 9 years.

Free–All kids below 5 years

Non-Member Dinner Rate*

$10.00 extra per person in each of the above categories

*Late Fee: ZAGBA will charge $5.00 per person in all categories if your payment is not postmarked by 03/05/18.

Cancellation Policy: Full refunds for any requests received by 03/05/18. No refunds after this date.

IMPORTANT: The registration cutoff date is Tuesday, March 7th.

This is the first event of the 2018-2019 membership year.  Please make sure you send in your membership dues (separate check) along with the Navroze/Nowruz event money.


ZAGBA Membership rates for March 2018-19

$75 for family

$40 for individual

$25 for full-time student

$25 for individual senior (65 and above. For a couple who are both seniors, please pay $50)

Please mail your (i) Event and (ii) Membership payments (SEPARATE CHECKS  by March 5th, 2018)

All checks must be made payable to ZAGBA and mailed to:

Kaiomarz Dotivala, 11 Buckboard Dr., Westford, MA 01886

Look forward to celebrating with all of you.

Warm regards,



2018-19 ZAGBA Calendar

When you respond with your order for # of Spots/with high resolution photos/captions/calendars required, please send it as a new email and not by way of Reply to this message or any other future follow-up messages as t creates too many chain emails to sort through. If you put in your name in the subject line that will be even more helpful.  (Example: “2018/19 ZAGBA Calendar/Your Family Name”).


Dear ZAGBA Family & Friends,

(PS: this email is lengthy, but please patiently read through it all to be fully informed.  It contains relevant information.)

You will also find attached a PDF HERE, in case you want to print it out and read through it at your convenience

For the last several years, ZAGBA has been creating a unique FUNDRAISING and COMMUNITY-BUILDING CALENDAR with photographs and captions of members of our community and their extended families and friends on specific dates.  By also listing ZAGBA, Zoroastrian, national and international holidays and observances along with Fasli and Shehenshahi dates, these have been calendars for all to use and great for gift-giving.  Additional information about our religion along with meaningful quotes has made this calendar educational as well over the years.  Besides the annual membership fee, the ZAGBA Calendar is our biggest single source of funds.  It helps pay for (or subsidize) almost all ZAGBA activities.  It is the funds that we raise from the calendar initiative that have helped us keep our membership fees the same for many years now, and also keep our event fees low.  So please show your continued support for the calendar by purchasing spots and calendars.

Please support the April 2018-March 2019 Calendar:


(A)  Early Bird Special Cost (Discounted Cost for orders received by January 31st): Please reserve Calendar spots/dates for a $20 cost per Calendar spot.  For this you must send in no later than January 31, 2018 the following information to ZAGBA: (i) our requests for the specific dates/spots, (ii) captions for each spot, (iii) high resolution digital photos and (iv) the number of Calendars you want to purchase. Additionally, for every 4 Calendar spots you buy before the January 31st deadline, you will get the 5th Calendar spot free. If you have to share your spot/date with someone else, the cost will be $15 for that spot.

(B) Cost after January 31, 2018:  If you reserve the Calendar spots/dates after the January 31st deadline stated above, the cost of each spot/date will be $25 per Calendar spot.  If you have to share your spot/date with someone else, the cost will be $15 for that spot.

The Final deadline for ALL submissions is February 22, 2018. Please note that there is no Early Bird Special rate for entries submitted after January 31, 2018.

2) SPREAD THE WORD: Please tell your extended friends and family about this project so that they too can participate if interested.  Please forward this email to them.

3) TOPICS FOR THE SPOTS: Calendar spots in the past have been for birthdays, wedding anniversaries, in memory of loved ones, Navjote dates, special Calendar dates (Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day), recognition of places (Atash Behrams), special Zoroastrian dates (Nowruz/Navroze, Pateti). We encourage you to be creative and also use less well-known holidays, events and observances (i.e. from other countries, United Nations Day, Friendship Day, Health-related, Peace-related, History-related dates, etc.).

4) MEANT FOR ALL: Consider reserving spots for every member of your family-your children, yourselves, your parents and grandparents, your pets, siblings, nieces and nephews, cousins and extended family and friends.  It is a nice reminder of every one’s special dates and a unique gift for all that are included in it or know people who are part of it.

5) COST TO PURCHASE THE CALENDAR: Calendars are available for sale at $15 per Calendar, or you can buy 3 Calendars for $40.  You must order your Calendar(s) in advance.  You can pick up your Calendar(s) at the Nowruz/Navroze event on March 24, 2018.

Please send an email to bostonzagba@gmail.com by January 31st, 2018 (if you want the benefit of the discounted cost), containing ALL of the following (Please send your orders by way of a new email and not by way of ‘Reply’ to this message or any other follow up messages)

1) Your requests for specific dates/spots.
2) Captions for each spot.
3) High resolution digital photos for each spot.  If you want to use the same photograph that you submitted last year, please do let us know. We have it and can use it.

4) Number of calendars you would like to purchase (so we can print enough).

Please hold off on sending in any payments to ZAGBA for the Calendar spots and for the number of Calendars you order. We will let you know in a separate email when to send in your payments.

If you want to take advantage of the Early Bird Special pricing, please send in your spot requests/photos/captions/calendar orders as soon as possible, but no later than January 31st.

Please note that if you only send an email by Jan 31st to reserve your spot, but do not send your photos along, that will not be considered at Early Bird Pricing, we need all 1-4 above stated information to complete your entry.

If you cannot submit by the January 31st Early Bird deadline, then please send in your spot requests/photos/captions/calendar orders as soon as possible after this deadline, but no later than February 22, 2018, so that we can have this Calendar ready for our Nowruz/Navroze event in March 2018.

Thank you and look forward to your early responses.

Warm regards,

January 2018 Party

Dear ZAGBA Community,

We the ZAGBA Board are enthusiastically announcing a New Year-2018 Celebration Party! This is in lieu of the Holiday Party in December, which unfortunately got cancelled due to bad weather.  If you had already paid for the December’s Holiday Party, and are coming for this one, no need to send payment again.  However, you need to RSVP YES or NO for this Event.  Please note that it is important you RSVP whether coming or not. (If not, please inform Kaio, who will tear your check).

Please join us to celebrate this New Year with lots of cheer, joy, great food and good friends!!  We also plan on having some entertainment, details to follow.

1. This is a timed Event, as it is in a restaurant. Please be on time, as we will have activities planned and we have to vacate the restaurant room by 10:00pm.

2. RSVP at your earliest and mention your kids ages. 

Dinner: will be a buffet of selected items catered by the restaurant, served at a fixed time, so please do not come late.

Member Rates: (No need to pay again if you had sent your checks for the previously planned Dec Party and are coming, but please RSVP YES again).

$25.00–Ages 11 and above

$15.00–Kids ages 3 to 10 years.

Free–All kids ages 2 and below

In your RSVPs please specify the age of your kids-This is important as we have to give the accurate number to the restaurant manager.

Non-Member Dinner Dues

$10.00 extra per person in each of the above categories

Late Fee*ZAGBA will charge $5.00 per person in all categories if your payment is not postmarked by January 20, 2018.  (*Board to strictly enforce this).

Cancellation Policy:  No refunds for cancellations received after January 20, 2018.

Checks Payable toZAGBA

Mailing AddressKaiomarz Dotivala, 11 Buckboard Drive, Westford, MA 01886.

Thank you and hope to see many of you at this celebratory Event.

Warm wishes,



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Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Meal Packing Service Project

Dear ZAGBA Community,

It’s that time of the year, where ZAGBA joins forces with the Harvard Chaplains and works side by side with religious and non-religious communities to pack thousands of meal boxes for the Interfaith Thanksgiving Meal-Packing Service Project.  Our own ZAGBA member, Daryush Mehta, who is the Zoroastrian Chaplain at Harvard is one of the leads for this Project and is also leading this project for ZAGBA.  30,000 meals will be packed and distributed to local charities through the EndHungerNE Outreach Program.
About 10% of Massachusetts households struggle to provide food for their families. Hence please volunteer/donate for this very noble cause.

Date: Sunday, November 12th, 2017

Time: 12:00pm​ – 5:00pm (see below for ZAGBA’s shifts)

Where: Atrium at 50 Church Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Please read the instructions below on how to sign up to volunteer and donate online, if you wish to do so. It is very important that you sign​-​up, if you intend to volunteer and please reference that you are representing: “ZAGBA GROUP”.

​Links to donate & sign-up
(1)-Details on the Event & how to donate (Please mention ZAGBA)https://chaplains.harvard.edu/event/annual-thanksgiving-meal-packing-service-project.  If you want to send a check to ZAGBA instead, please mail a check (mention, “The Thanksgiving Project”) to: Kaiomarz Dotivala, 11 Buckboard Dr., Westford, MA 01886. However, we request that you you donate online, since that’s an option.
(2)-How to Sign-up: The following page links you to a Google form for Volunteer sign up: tiny.cc/Harvard-meal-packing​ (Please mention that you represent ZAGBA Group or email ybhumgara@gmail.com to sign up)

volunteers can select any of the below shift to sign up, however, if you want to do this as a Group, ZAGBA would like to book people for the 3rd and 4th Shift.

When you sign up, state how many people are coming (Adults and Kids, please mention your kid’s age) and mention your preferred time slot​.
  • 12:00 noon ​-1​:00 pm
    ​-1st Shift​
  • 1:15 pm ​- 2:15 pm
    ​-2nd Shift​
  • 2:30 pm ​-​ 3:30 pm
    ​-3rd Shift (ZAGBA Preferred Shift)​
  • 3:45 pm ​-​4:45 pm
    ​-4th Shift
    (ZAGBA Preferred Shift)

We can accommodate a maximum of 4​0 
volunteers ​.​
  If you are available to volunteer for ​any shift​/or all shifts, please let us know.
Volunteers should arrive 30 minutes before a shift starts to get trained

When you  Donate or Signup online, please mention that it is for ZAGBA Group
Note: While donation will be much appreciated and gladly accepted, it is an option only.  You don’t have to necessarily donate, in order to sign up to volunteer for th​is​ meal packing.

Each meal costs 25 cents, and 100% of your donation will go toward purchasing food that will be packaged:
$20 = 80 meals
$50 = 200 meals
$100 = 400 meals
$500 = 2,000 meals
$1,000 = 4,000 meals
…and so on!

Please sign up at your earliest ​online as mentioned above, or ​by sending an email to Yasmin at ybhumgara@gmail.com.

Thank you for your time and generosity.

Best wishes,

ZAGBA to Help Provide Thousands of Outreach Program Meals for Puerto Rico

Dear Friends,

As announced last week by email and at the Jashan/Gahambar event, ZAGBA Board has decided to work with the Outreach Program to sponsor packaged meals to the Puerto Rico survivors.

We, the Board are putting together a charity event on November 18, 2017 at the Temple Shalom Emeth, 16 Lexington St Burlington, MA 01803, from Noon to 4:30 pm (approx)., where the ZAGBA volunteers will be packing 10,000 meals.

A Big Thank You to all the generous donors who have already given/sent their donation checks.

ZAGBA Board is requesting you all to please help with donations and/or volunteer your physical help on Saturday-November 18th.

The Outreach Program will be providing help with all the supplies in exchange of  the collected donation amount.

ZAGBA has decided to raise $2500.00, which will sponsor 10,000 meals.

Date & Time: Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 12pm to 5pm. (Please note that this is the new date)

Venue: Temple Shalom Emeth, 16 Lexington St., Burlington, MA 01803.

Donation: ZAGBA Board requests that you please send your donation check payable to “ZAGBA” (and write Puerto Rico in Memo section.)  Please mail your check to:

Address to mail your donation:

Kaiomarz Dotivala, 11 Buckboard Dr, Westford, MA 01886.

Volunteers Needed:  In order to accomplish our meal packing goal, we will need about 36 Volunteers (Adults and accompanied Kids, who are atleast 10 +  in age).  Please sign up with Yasmin Bhumgara if you intend to help us at this event as a Volunteer. She will inform you which shifts are available and if you have time constraints we will do our best to allot you a shift of your choice.  The below timings are on or about, and a week before we will confirm to all volunteers the exact timing of their shift:

The Shifts are:

1st SHIFT:  12:00pm to 1:30pm

2nd SHIFT:  1:45pm to 3:15pm

3rd SHIFT:   3:30pm to 5:00pm

Depending on need, we may have a 4th shift with volunteers who are still around to help.

ZAGBA will provide water and Pizza.

All Volunteers: It is very important that you show up 30 minutes before your scheduled shift, if you have signed up to volunteer.  You need to be on time, as all the shifts have to work like clockwork in order to pack thousands of meals and finish the event by 5pm.

Any questions or if you want to volunteer, please reach out directly to Yasmin Bhumgara at: ybhumgara@gmail.com or text/call :781-858-1168.

Thank you all so much.

Best wishes,