Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Meal Packing Service Project

Dear ZAGBA Community,

It’s that time of the year, where ZAGBA joins forces with the Harvard Chaplains and works side by side with religious and non-religious communities to pack thousands of meal boxes for the Interfaith Thanksgiving Meal-Packing Service Project.  Our own ZAGBA member, Daryush Mehta, who is the Zoroastrian Chaplain at Harvard is one of the leads for this Project and is also leading this project for ZAGBA.  30,000 meals will be packed and distributed to local charities through the EndHungerNE Outreach Program.
About 10% of Massachusetts households struggle to provide food for their families. Hence please volunteer/donate for this very noble cause.

Date: Sunday, November 12th, 2017

Time: 12:00pm​ – 5:00pm (see below for ZAGBA’s shifts)

Where: Atrium at 50 Church Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Please read the instructions below on how to sign up to volunteer and donate online, if you wish to do so. It is very important that you sign​-​up, if you intend to volunteer and please reference that you are representing: “ZAGBA GROUP”.

​Links to donate & sign-up
(1)-Details on the Event & how to donate (Please mention ZAGBA)  If you want to send a check to ZAGBA instead, please mail a check (mention, “The Thanksgiving Project”) to: Kaiomarz Dotivala, 11 Buckboard Dr., Westford, MA 01886. However, we request that you you donate online, since that’s an option.
(2)-How to Sign-up: The following page links you to a Google form for Volunteer sign up:​ (Please mention that you represent ZAGBA Group or email to sign up)

volunteers can select any of the below shift to sign up, however, if you want to do this as a Group, ZAGBA would like to book people for the 3rd and 4th Shift.

When you sign up, state how many people are coming (Adults and Kids, please mention your kid’s age) and mention your preferred time slot​.
  • 12:00 noon ​-1​:00 pm
    ​-1st Shift​
  • 1:15 pm ​- 2:15 pm
    ​-2nd Shift​
  • 2:30 pm ​-​ 3:30 pm
    ​-3rd Shift (ZAGBA Preferred Shift)​
  • 3:45 pm ​-​4:45 pm
    ​-4th Shift
    (ZAGBA Preferred Shift)

We can accommodate a maximum of 4​0 
volunteers ​.​
  If you are available to volunteer for ​any shift​/or all shifts, please let us know.
Volunteers should arrive 30 minutes before a shift starts to get trained

When you  Donate or Signup online, please mention that it is for ZAGBA Group
Note: While donation will be much appreciated and gladly accepted, it is an option only.  You don’t have to necessarily donate, in order to sign up to volunteer for th​is​ meal packing.

Each meal costs 25 cents, and 100% of your donation will go toward purchasing food that will be packaged:
$20 = 80 meals
$50 = 200 meals
$100 = 400 meals
$500 = 2,000 meals
$1,000 = 4,000 meals
…and so on!

Please sign up at your earliest ​online as mentioned above, or ​by sending an email to Yasmin at

Thank you for your time and generosity.

Best wishes,

2017 Annual Jashan and Gahambar Celebration

Dear ZAGBA Community:

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

Thank you and see you all at the event

Warm regards,


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.  



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 or Firoza (781-248-1316 or

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.​

Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund

Dear Friends,

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.

Thank you!

Best wishes,
Firoza, Anahita, Kaio, Aban & Yasmin
(ZAGBA Board)
Dear Zarathushtis,

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

or send in your checks to FEZANA Welfare and Critical Assistance Committee’s attention by mailing it to

Shirin Jahanian
FEZANA Treasurer
P.O. Box 185 65 Kirkwood Road
Gibbsboro, NJ 08026-0185

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.

We thank you in advance of your anticipated generosity. For further information please feel free to contact, Hosi Mehta or Houtoxi Contractor

2017 Shahenshahi New Year

Photos of 2017 Shahenshahi New Year Function

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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

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,






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 ( 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 (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