CHRISTMAS PARTY

Dear ZAGBA Community,

We the ZAGBA Board are enthusiastically announcing our next event, which is the ZAGBA Holiday Party! EVITE has been sent. Please RSVP on EVITE.

Please join us for lots of Holiday cheer with great food and good friends!!  Who knows, we may even get Mr. Santa Clause to drop by smiley

1. Please be on time, as we have activities planned and we must vacate the place by 10:00pm.

2. RSVP at your earliest and mention your kids ages.  Also mention if you are interested in playing the Yankee Swap.

Yankee Swap: to all those who are interested in participating, the Gift Value is between $10-$15. Please mention in your RSVP if you are going to participate.

PS: In spirit of good cheer, please make sure your Yankee Swap gift is decent (it’s a family event), and make it a fun or a useful item, something that you would like to pick yourself, if you saw it in the pile of gifts brought by others and should not be something lying around your house that you want to get rid of.

Dinner: will be a buffet of selected items catered by the restaurant.

Member Rates:

$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 December 5, 2017.  (*Board to strictly enforce this).

Cancellation Policy:  No refunds for cancellations received after December 5, 2017.

Checks Payable toZAGBA

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

Thank you and hope to see many of you at the Holiday Party.

Warm wishes,

ZAGBA BOARD

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,

ZAGBA Board


Dar-e-Mehr Trip

ZAGBA visits Dar-E-Mehr & ZAGNY of New York.

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.

More Details:

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.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding this trip that this email has not answered, then please reach out to Yasmin (781-858-1168 or by email to ybhumgara@gmail.com) or Firoza (781-248-1316 or firozapanthaki@yahoo.com).

Thank you and look forward to making this one of the most memorable ZAGBA events of the year.

Best wishes,
Firoza, Anahita, Kaio, Aban & Yasmin
(ZAGBA Board)
  • 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 R​SVP 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.​

ABCs for Zarathushtis

An alphabetic introduction to the concepts, teachings and customs of the Zoroastrian religion.

This book is an alphabetic introduction to the Zoroastrian religion, it’s teachings, customs and significance. Everything a Zoroastrian should aspire to learn about, and 26 reasons to be proud to be called one! From basic concepts of Good Thoughts, Good Words and Good Deeds, to the Gathas, Cyrus the Great, Persepolis, Haft-seen table, Navjote, Sudreh-Pushi and Sudreh Kusti. I hope you enjoy reading this book, and cherish it with your family.  Copies can be purchased through this website, and all major credit cards are accepted. Nominal shipping at $4 for 1 to 4 books. Paperback, $15.

Click here to see a preview of the book!

2017 Shahenshahi New Year

Photos of 2017 Shahenshahi New Year Function

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Service on Zoroastrianism at the Winchester Unitarian Church

Last Sunday, 20th August 2017, Dr. Zareen Karani Araoz was invited to conduct the entire Service on Zoroastrianism at the Winchester Unitarian Church.
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.
Copies of the sermon or CD’s of the service may be requested directly from Zareen at zareen@managingcultures.com

ZAGBA Summer Picnic

 

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Dear Members:

It’s time to have some Summer fun!!

ZAGBA is organizing its annual summer picnic on Saturday, July 15th.

So let’s get together and have some good times with great food, drinks, games, swimming & water sports. Feel free to bring your friends/family visiting you.

Note: Please come to the park latest by 11am to ensure you get parking and space availability.

(Rain Date: following Sat-July 22nd (same time)

Website and Directions for the Hopkinton State Parkhopkinton.park@state.ma.us

Parking is approx. $5 per car. Once you come in from the Main Entrance, continue straight on the main road (do not take any of the right turns) and you should end up at the main swimming area parking lot. 

Phone No. for the Park is 508-435-4303

Boating: You can rent Boats for boating for a nominal fee.  Please note that Boating is in a  different area of the park.  Once you enter the park, you can ask the Park Attendant for details if you are interested.

ZAGBA will provide the followingPizza and paper products.

Please bring any food (such as sandwiches, fruits, chips) that you and your family enjoy with some extra to share, along with condiments, such as ketchup/mustard.  ZAGBA will not be providing with any beverages, so please bring your own water and juices (such as Lemonade) for your family and some to share.

Items you may bring along to the picnic:  Frisbees, badminton, kites, board games, cards, bathing-suits, hats, sunscreen lotion, bug spray, towels, folding chairs and blankets to sit on.

Hope to see many of you on Saturday, July 15th.  Please RSVP at your earliest.

Warm regards,

ZAGBA Board