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.​

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.

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

ZAGBA visits Dar-E-Mehr & ZAGNY of New York, 2016

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