It is our pleasure to invite you and your family & friends to the 2017 Annual Jashan and Gahambar Celebrations (Jashan ceremony followed by Dinner).
We will start the Jashan promptly at 4:40 PM. Please be mindful of the time and plan to arrive by 4:30 pm to minimize disruption during the prayer ceremony. Also, please remember to bring your scarves/prayer caps for the Jashan.
WHERE: Temple Shalom Emeth, 16 Lexington St., Burlington, MA 01803.
WHEN: Saturday October 14, 2017
TIME: 4:30 pm to 9.30 pm
Apps: Chicken Tikka, Chips, Water.
Dinner: Chicken Dhansak and a veg side dish to be catered by the Modys. (For younger kids, we will have plain yellow Dal/Rice.). There will be Dessert for all (ice-cream for kids).
SPECIAL NOTE: Please inform us if you are vegetarian or have any food allergies. For those familiar with Dhansak, it usually is gluten free.
Adults + Seniors: $20/per person
Students + Children (5 yrs and above): $10/per child or student
Children 4 and under: Free
In your RSVPs please mention if your child is 4 years or under, so as to not be charged.
IMPORTANT: The registration cutoff date is Wednesday, October 4, 2017. (We need your cooperation in sending us prompt responses by October 4, as we need a close estimate for dinner preparations).
LATE FEE*: ZAGBA will charge $5.00 per person if your payment is not postmarked by October 4, 2017. (*Board to strictly enforce this)
Please send in your payments no later than Wednesday, October 4, 2017
They should be mailed to the address below:
Please make checks payable to “ZAGBA” and mail them to:
Kaiomarz Dotivala, 11 Buckboard Dr., Westford, MA 01886
Photos of the Dar-E-Mehr visit. Please click on each to see full size and expand to full size. You may download each by right clicking.
As you all know from previous emails and Evite, we have organized a community trip to ZAGNY’s Dar-e-Mehr Zoroastrian Temple, located in Suffern, NY on September 16th.
THE EVITE IS NOW CLOSED FOR THOSE WHO WANTED TO COME BY BUS. WE HAVE REACHED FULL CAPACITY.
WE CANNOT ACCEPT ANY MORE RSVPs OR REQUESTS FOR BUS, AS THE SEATS ARE ALL RESERVED. HOWEVER, IF YOU DON’T SEND THE CHECK FOR YOUR BUS RESERVATION BY SEPT. 8, YOUR SEAT(S) WILL BE ASSIGNED TO NEXT PERSON ON THE WAITING LIST, (TO BE FAIR TO ALL).
COMING ON YOUR OWN OR BY CAR? You can still come on your own.
To all of you who have not sent in their RSVP, since the Evite is now closed, you can’t RSVP there, but if you still want to come on your own, please email Yasmin (see email address below) and inform her how many of you (Adults + kids) will be coming, and send your checks to Kaio Dotivala.
This is so that we have a proper total count of people to send to ZAGNY. So please inform us if you are coming by car.
ZAGBA has chartered a Peter Pan bus. The journey will be non-stop both ways. This is not an overnight trip and we will be returning the same day.
There is an on-board restroom (towards the rear of the coach).
See all details below. Please plan to arrive at the Riverside Station in Newton by 7:30 AM, so that you have sufficient time to park your car, walk to the bus and to get to your seat. The bus will leave exactly at 8 AM. No exceptions. In all prior emails regarding this trip, we have reiterated that everyone needs to be on time. Please treat this trip just like you arrive on time for a flight or a train/bus for your personal trips. The bus driver works on Peter Pan schedule and is instructed to leave on time; hence, the bus will not wait for anyone, even if you are a couple of minutes away.
Estimated time for the bus trip is 3 hours without traffic.
Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Departure: MBTA Riverside Station located at 333 Grove Street, off Exit 22 on Interstate 95, Newton, MA 02466. Bus will leave the MBTA Riverside Station at 8:00 AM sharp. Timing will be strictly enforced, with no exceptions or favors.
Parking at the MBTA Riverside Station: Mon-Sun – All day-$6.00 .
Return Trip: We plan on returning from the Dar-e-Mehr to the MBTA Riverside Station by approx. 9-9:30 PM.
For those coming by car: Please make sure you arrive at the Dar-e-Mehr by 11.15 AM at the latest. Below are the directions and parking details.
GPS directions: the Dar-e-Mehr address is: 106 Pomona Road, Suffern NY, 10901.
Parking for Cars: If the main parking lot in front of the Dar-e-Mehr is full please park across the street in the large parking lot of the Pomona Middle School.
Agenda: Will send it out before the trip
Cost: If you have not mailed your checks payable to ‘ZAGBA’, please do so, ASAP, but no later than September 8th. (Kaiomarz Dotivala, 11 Buckboard Dr., Westford, MA 01886). If your check is not received by ZAGBA, we will offer your seat to the next person(s) on waiting list.
$35/per person (applies to all, Age 4 and above), if coming by bus.
$10/per person (applies to all, Age 4 and above), only if coming by car.
Items to bring with you: Please make sure you have caps/scarves for every member of your family to put on at the Dar-e-Mehr. We suggest that you also bring some snacks/breakfast items to share for the AM trip and keep extra water and snacks for the return trip.
ZAGBA will provide water for the return trip, but please make sure you have your water bottles for the morning portion of the trip.
Thank you and look forward to making this one of the most memorable ZAGBA events of the year.
Firoza, Anahita, Kaio, Aban & Yasmin
September 16-NY’s Dar-e-Mehr Trip: On popular demand, we are again organizing a trip to NY’s Dar-e-Mehr. The Evite will be going out in August. We will be taking this trip by bus and for those who want to travel by their car, can meet the ZAGBA group straight at the Dar-e-Mehr. ZAGBA has already booked a bus again for this year and as most of you know from last year’s trip, the seats on the bus are limited to approx. 50-52 seats. So reservations will be strictly on first come basis (no favors), and hence with respect to your responses, please make sure you RSVP straight on the Evite in a timely manner. Sending your RSVP to ZAGBA by email or telling a board member will not be counted as an RSVP. It has to be on the Evite. Families with young kids, please note that if coming by bus, this trip is only for kids 4 years and above.
Only a confirmed RSVP along with your check mailed by the set deadline to the treasurer, will finalize your place on the bus.
Please lookout for more details in the Evite, when sent.
FEZANA Welfare & Critical Assistance Committee is requesting donations for helping the people affected by Hurricane Harvey. Please read the below email from FEZANA. You may donate online by clicking on the button below.
Firoza, Anahita, Kaio, Aban & Yasmin
Further to FEZANA Executive’s email announcement on the tragedy caused by Hurricane Harvey, we have heard that some Zarathushtis have been flooded out of their homes and many have been mandatorily evacuated from their homes.
Funds are to be needed to help purchase supplies and provide resources for victims of this life-threatening flood emergency which is widespread, bringing to halt many large to mid-sized cities along the Gulf Coast.
There have been inquiries whether FEZANA Welfare committee has been collecting funds for the people affected by this natural disaster.
FEZANA Welfare & Critical Assistance Committee is now requesting for your donations for helping the people affected by this calamity. You can donate online by clicking on the button below
Note:The funds collected will be used to help the people affected by this disaster but the final disposal of the funds collected will be at the discretion of FEZANA Welfare & Critical Assistance committee.
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The Service was very well received. The focus of the sermon was: Happiness to those, who bring Happiness to others. There were Readings on the Law of Asha, read by Phyllis Preston, and pieces on the meaning of Fire in Zoroastrianism, read by Asst.Minister Deb Morgan-Bennett.
The choir sang Chayye Hame Zarthushti, conducted and accompanied on the piano by thee Music Director John Kramer. John also played a Monajat. There was a silent meditation after Zareen recited the Ashem Vohu.
The Service ended with the Hamazor greeting and hand sliding among all. The sermon included a background of our religion, the philosophical and ethical concepts of Zoroastrianism, our tenets and beliefs, and were explained in a powerful, but lucid way.