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

Prof. Kaikhosrov Irani passes away

Zoroastrian Association of Greater New York (ZAGNY) announces with great sorrow that our beloved Prof. Kaikhosrov Irani (KD and Keku to his associates and close friends) passed away on June 29, 2017 at the age of 95.

Condolences may be sent to his niece Zarine Weil, zbweil@comcast.com and Zarine’s son Darius Weil, darius.weil@gmail.com.

At Prof. Irani’s request the funeral will be very simple and private, ZAGNY will have a memorial meeting at the Dar-e-Mehr, the date and time will be announced shortly.

O B I T U A R Y
By Dr. Lovji Cama

Kaikhosrov Dinshah Irani, born on May 1, 1922 in Bombay, India, was the eldest son of Dinshah Jijibhoy Irani and Banu Mithibai Sethna. He graduated from St. Xavier’s College in Bombay and obtaining a Law Degree from Bombay University. He met his future wife Piroja who was a fellow clerk in the law firm where they worked. He came to the United States and worked on the Manhattan Project at the Univ. of Chicago and then at the Princeton Institute of Physics, where he had the opportunity to have many interactions with Albert Einstein. So impressed was Einstein with him that he wrote a letter of recommendation for a teaching position in Philosophy at City College in New York which helped him to obtain the position. He returned to Bombay to marry Piroja.

Prof. Irani became Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the City College of New York, after teaching there for 41 years. He was Chairman of the Department for nine years; and the Director, and Executive Director of the Program for the History and Philosophy of Science and was responsible for the development of the Program and its execution and teaching. He was also the Director of the Academy of Humanities and Sciences for 12 Years. He retired from teaching at the age of 90 and had a teaching record at City University in New York for 60 years. Here is a quote from one of his students: “Irani is an amazing professor; knows almost every major figure alive during his incredibly long lifetime; is lucid, precise, w/ fantastic memory. Be prepared for old, European pre-war teaching style. Take the class to learn, not to get a grade; he will not grade your work at all, but will give you a final grade from the gestalt or your performance.”

Among the awards he received, are: The City College citation for distinguished teaching in 1960, the Outstanding Teachers Award in 1984, the Award of the Society of Indian Academics in America in 1991, for service to the cause of Education. He also received the award for service to the cause of Zoroastrianism from the World Zoroastrian Organization in 1991. The Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America Lifetime Achievement Award, 1994. One of his greatest honors was the establishment of the K D. Irani Chair of Philosophy, at The City College of New York, through an anonymous contribution of $2,000,000, by one of his students in 1999.

His original field of teaching and research, was Philosophy of Science. Prof. Irani was one of those rare individuals whose unique background and interests allowed him to understand the works of both Albert Einstein and Emanuel Kant and to successfully apply this kind of knowledge to his chosen field of the Philosophy of Science. In the last thirty years he worked in the area of History and Philosophy of Ancient Thought — Religious, Moral, Mythic, and Technological. He was a contributor on the Seminar for Ancient Ethics, presenting a paper on the Dawn of Conscience. He applied these philosophical analyses to Zoroastrian Scriptures. His original analysis of forms of religiosity was applied to Zoroastrianism and the Indo-Iranian religions and the work was published in the K. R. Cama Oriental Institute Journal (1986) as part of the Government Fellowship Lectures in Bombay in 1981.

Prof Irani arrived in New York in 1947, long before ZAGNY. Over the long years of his association with ZAGNY and indeed the entire North American Zoroastrian community, he was our teacher and advisor and made us think what Zarathushtra really meant by our belief in Good Thoughts, Good Words and Good Deeds. His wisdom and guidance benefited us all. His lectures on Zoroastrianism and Philosophy instructed and guided us to be good Zarthushtis. His standing within academia helped with the recognition of the Zarathushti religion in North America.

As a philosopher one may have expected him to be an ivory tower type. Far from this, he as a true Zoroastrian, involved himself in the life of the community. During 1993-95 Prof. Irani served as the President of ZAGNY and was on numerous Boards of ZAGNY. He arranged seminars and conferences under the ZAGNY umbrella. He also arranged the first and second Gatha Conferences held in the UK and Los Angeles and the first Yasht Conference in New Rochelle, NY. From the time of the inception of the Arbab Rustam Guiv Dar-e- Mehr in New York, Prof. Irani conducted classes for adults on the subject of Zoroastrianism. His common sense and ethical approach to problems helped him shed light on many complex problems that arise within the North American Zoroastrian community.

He has given lectures on Zoroastrianism throughout North America, Europe, India and Pakistan. His knowledge of Zoroastrianism, especially the Gathas, his wit and sense of humor, and his ability to fit the subject of Zoroastrianism in the broader field of Philosophy makes him an engaging speaker and a great teacher. Prof. Irani is a person of great honesty and integrity, he has a firm belief in the teachings of Zarathushtra and was dedicated to these teachings. He had often trouble reconciling the social practices of Zoroastrianism when they were in conflict with these teachings.

Prof. Irani’s academic standing and respect gave him the ability to successfully represent and explain Zoroastrianism convincingly at many interfaith meetings. He was a unique treasure to the Zoroastrian community. His connections into the academic world provided the community access to some of the best minds who work in the field of religion and Zoroastrianism in particular. We were indeed fortunate to have amidst us this great philosopher, teacher and friend of our community and one of its finest members.

ZAGBA Scholarship Awards

2017 ZAGBA Scholarships were awarded in August 2017.

Congratulations to both the candidates:

  • Zaal Farhad Panthaki
  • Zarius Jamshed Dubash

 


Next year Application forms, including eligibility information, can be found hereon ZAGBA website.

  1. Outstanding High School Student Award
  2. High School Student Recognition Award

Click here for ZAGBA Education Sub-Committe Outline and and Eligibility information

Click here for ZAGBA Scholarship Application forms

Please submit your application by June 30, 2018, to Shahvir Vimadalal, ZAGBA Education Subcommittee Chair via e-mail at shahvir@yahoo.com

​Thank you,

ZAGBA Education Subcommittee​

WZCC-NY PRESENTS AN ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM FOR YOUTH

WZCC PRESENTS

AN ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAM
FOR YOUTH 5 – 18 YEARS BY

SPARK BUSINESS ACADEMY

WZCC–New York (NY) Chapter is pleased to announce its new initiative to bring Spark Business Academy to our Dar-e-Mehr and introduce our youth to the concept of entrepreneurship through a three-day program in financial education. WZCC-NY Chapter is the first Chapter to offer such an innovative program. Success here will allow WZCC to spread the initiative to other Chapters around the globe for the benefit of our youth.

Entrepreneurship is not taught in school, although children as young as 5 years engage in enterprising efforts like selling girl-scout cookies or setting up a lemonade stand, making it critical to develop financial literacy in our youth from an early age. Spark Business Academy does just that through their programs and activities tailored for different age groups starting at 5-9 years old.

Spark Business Academy (www.sparkbusinessacademy.com) will present a three-day program at our Dar-e-Mehr this summer from July 10-12.

To learn more about the program, curriculum and costs, please download the Sparks Brochure

Parents are welcome to attend, so long as their presence will not be a distraction for their child. Lunch and snacks will be provided, courtesy of WZCC-NY Chapter.

To encourage enrollment WZCC–NY Chapter shall reimburse an incentive of $100 each for the first 10 registrants, so HURRY AND REGISTER! For more information / questions, please contact Edul Daver at eduldaver@gmail.com/phone (908)756-5649; or contact a WZCC member at the May 7th religion class at our Dar-e-Mehr.

To sign up for this interesting program, please register no later than MAY 15, 2017 by downloading and completing the enrollment form and mailing your check, made out to Spark Business Academy, in the amount of $575* per child to,

Noshir Dutia, WZCC–NY Chapter Treasurer
2 Viking Court
Randolph, NJ 07869

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Nominations of FEZANA Officers & Call for Agenda Items

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Dear Respected Presidents and Representatives of Member Associations:

This is a final reminder that the deadline for nominations of FEZANA Officers is only 5 days away:
The deadline for receiving all nominations is midnight (US EST) on February 15, 2017.

At the link below, please find the nomination form for the election of the following FEZANA Officers:
2017-2019 Term of office:  1) Vice President,  2) Secretary
2017-2018 Term of office:  1) Treasurer

Member associations who wish to bring forward any item on the agenda for the FEZANA AGM are requested to send a brief description of the item to theFEZANA Administrator and the Secretary by March 1, 2017.

Please note that only those associations in the membership lists, whose membership dues form and payments for their 2017 membership dues have been received (which are due by March 1, 2017), will be eligible to participate in nominating and voting for FEZANA offices, or setting the AGM agenda, as per terms of the FEZANA Constitution.  Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

Best Regards,
Percy M. Master
FEZANA Secretary
secretary@fezana.org

Nomination Form Link:

https://fezana.org/wp-content/uploads/2017_FEZANA_Officer_Nomination_Form.pdf