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


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

 

Picnic Photos

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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.