Young Parsis toil to make Agiaries Shine


Publication: Times of India Mumbai; Date: Jan 19, 2010; Section: Times City; Page: 12;

http://epaper.timesofindia.com/Repository/ml.asp?Ref=VE9JTS8yMDEwLzAxLzE5I0FyMDEyMDA=&Mode=Gif&Locale=english-skin-custom

Courtesy : Behram P. Dhabhar

Zarathushtis Without Borders – Opportunities to serve in India


Zarathushtis Without Borders
Opportunities to serve in India

At the third and final session of the Fifth Coming Together Roundtable held in conjuction with the Ninth World Zoroastrian Congress held in December 2009 in Dubai, UAE, an impassioned plea was made by Jehangir Bharucha of Seattle, USA to promote worldwide exchange programs for Zarathushti youth. Jehangir shared how such an exchange program had proved to be a life transforming experience in his own life.
 
 Roshni Kasad, currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of California in Berkeley served for a year teaching school children in village Patan, Gujarat with “Indicorps — Service for the Soul” and highly recommends opportunities available to serve made possible through this network headquartered in Ahmedabad, India.

To engage, details are provided below. 
Deadline for applications for fellowships this summer, is 1st March 2010 http://apply.indicorps.org/ .
 
In keeping with its long term vision of encouraging youth to become world citizens, FEZANA provides partial financial support to youth in North America who volunteer their time in serving abroad. Interested individuals looking for such support can contact Shara Godiwalla sharagodiwalla@juno.com,  with a summary of their planned project, a letter from the hosting agency confirming acceptance for the service period and are expected to submit a written report to the Federation at the completion of their tour of duty.

The forwarded newsletter “Community for Change” gives an idea of what the opportunities to serve are all about.

 
Behram Pastakia
bpastakia@aol.com
Metropolitan Washington DC
18 January 2010

“Coming Together Roundtable” Gains Consensual Support – Photos


 

A short report on the “Coming Together Roundtable” meeting held at Dubai on 27th, 30th & 31st December 2009

by Roshan Rivetna

 

A rather momentous legacy of the Dubai Congress, which may have been underplayed in the glitz and glamour of that magnificent event, was the consensual agreement from leaders of the World Zarathushti community to “Come Together and Work Together” at a common forum – the Coming Together Roundtable (CTR).  Through three sessions during the Congress and numerous informal meetings, elected leaders of the four major Zoroastrian regions – Iran, India, UK/Europe and North America, that represent 90% of the world’s Zarathushti population, consensually agreed to assume ownership and responsibility, and set future direction, for this forum.   In time, representatives from the smaller pockets, in Middle East, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, would be worked into the structure.

Breakfast meeting of Regional leaders.  Clockwise from left, Paurush Jila (UK), Khodayar Attaie, Dr. Esfandiar Ekhtiyari and Mehraban Hemavandy (Iran), Rohinton Rivetna (coordinator), Dorab Mistry (UK), Firdosh Mehta and Bomi Patel (North America), and Khojeste Mistry and Dinshaw Mehta (India).

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Report – 9th World Zoroastrian Congress, Dubai, Dec.2009


Dear Friends,
Happy 2010 and here’s wishing you all the best for the new year! For those of you who are interested in the Zoroastrian religion, please check out my recent article for the Washington Post’s “On Faith” about last week’s World Zoroastrian Congress in Dubai.  Feel free to distribute the link: http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guestvoices/2010/01/zoroastrianisms_decline_toward_zero.html
Warm regards,
Deena


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Zoroastrian Youth for the Next Generation


The Official Youth Group of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP)
ZYNG aims to:

•  Connect the Parsi Irani Zoroastrian Youth of Mumbai
•  Provide the Youth of the community with a voice and an identity
•  Inspire the Youth to be a force within our community
•  To unite them under the common aim of social, cultural and religious interaction

ZYNG’s social events and social service programs intend to build a sustainable youth movement for the Parsi Irani Zoroastrian Youth. ZYNG will provide:

•  Fun and exciting events that increase interaction
•  Hands-on training and professional development
•  Leadership opportunities
•  Social service programs aimed at addressing the needs of the less fortunate in our community.

ZYNG will function under the auspices of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP) & will function as an apolitical group.

The ZYNG Team is dedicated to raising awareness, encouraging participation and getting YOU involved with your community.

REGISTER immediately at www.zyng.org

A fully functional EVENTS CALENDAR will provide you with all the upcoming Youth events in the community, whether you live in a colony or not.

• Feel free to Suggest an Event @ info@zyng.org
• Utilize our CAREER and MATRIMONY Portals

What are you waiting for – SIGN UP asap and check out our EVENTS CALENDAR.
We hope to see you at our next EVENT! Contact: info@zyng.org

ELIGIBILITY
All Parsi/Irani Zoroastrian in accordance with BPP definition of Parsi Irani Zoroastrian. Age 15 – 40 years.

8th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas-2010


8th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas-2010
 
Indian Govt plans to woo Overseas Indians to be partners in economic growth
 
Assurances for protecting investment and private property will be given
 
 By: ASHOK B SHARMA on: Wed 23 of Dec, 2009 13:34 UTC
 
New Delhi, Dec 23 : At the beginning of the year 2010, the Indian government has planned to woo its diaspora spread across to globe into the mainstream of its emerging economy. A three-day redesigned gala event – 8th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas – is being organised by the Union Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs in partnership with the Delhi government and the Confederation of Indian Industry from January 7.
 

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Coming Together Roundtable Agenda – Dec.2009


We look forward to your participation at the 3 sessions of the “Coming Together Roundtable”:

   Session 1:       Sunday, December 27, 2009, from 9 am to 3 pm at the Crowne Plaza hotel.
   Session 2:     Wednesday Dec 30th, 10 am to 11:00 am at the Crowne Plaza, Room 3.
   Session 3:     Thursday Dec 31st, 8:30 to 9:30 am at the Crowne Plaza, Room 1

Attached is a Powerpoint file showing the Agenda for each of the three sessions, and the list of Items/Projects to be discussed.  Additional items may be added upon request from the floor.

RoundtableDubaiProgramDec09

Best Regards
Rohinton and Roshan Rivetna

Making a World of Difference


Making a World of Difference:

Hearing Each Other, Healing the Earth,

in Melbourne, Australia

 
Zarathushtis at  A Parliament of the Worlds’ Religions, Melbourne, Australia

 

Courtesy : Behram Pastakia 
 

Empowering Women


Educational Resource: Empowering Women

American Association of University Women

  
AAUW – Advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research
 
 
Since 1881, AAUW (formerly known as the American Association of University Women) has been the nation’s leading voice promoting education and equity for women and girls. We have a nationwide network of nearly 100,000 members, 1,000 branches, and 500 college/university institution partners.
 
 
Each year AAUW provides millions of dollars in fellowships, grants, and awards for outstanding women around the globe and for community action projects. AAUW also funds pioneering research on women, girls, and education.
 
 
American Fellowships
Support women doctoral candidates completing dissertations and scholars seeking funds for postdoctoral research leave or for preparing completed research for publication. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. One-year postdoctoral research leave fellowships, dissertation fellowships, and summer/short-term research publication grants are offered.
 
 
International Fellowships
Awarded for full-time graduate or postgraduate study or research to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
 
© 2009 AAUW • 1111 Sixteenth St. NW, Washington, DC 20036 • Tel: 800/326-AAUW • E-mail: connect@aauw.org • CFC#: 11319
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Courtesy : Behram Pastakia

Religions for Peace


 ECRL – Religions for peace – Interreligious council launched in Belgium.htm

Contributed by Jehangir Sarosh.

Dear Fellow Zarathushties

 Two days ago I returned from Brussels, full of joy. In 2007, My colleague and I went and met each religious leader personally to ask them to meet and consider forming a council so that we can change the world TOGETHER.

 Working together for the common good is seen as the most important way for the well being of Ahura Mazda’s creation, it is for this reason the King sent his representative, Princes Mathilde,  the Vice-president was present herself and the Prime minister sent his representative, and Mr Jos Chambert was there from the European Union.   

 A month before that, we inaugurated the Interreligious Council of Albania (IRCA) and the President of Albania was himself present there and officially inaugurated the IRCA.

 I write this in the hope that it will convince my Zarathushti sisters and brothers the importance of working together and  to be involved in the building of an international Network of Zarathushties.  

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