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Parsi Punchayet Bombay-Liaison Committee

We are a Family and Children Welfare unit rendering services in the field of Health, Education and Welfare.

We run a Work Centre from where we sell Sadras, Kustis, Pyjamas and Dusters which gives employment to poor ladies. We offer employment under a rehabilitation programme and also investigate cases for charity help referred to us by more than 30 Trusts of Mumbai and Valsad.

We organize activities for children, viz. Holiday Camps;  New Year functions, outings/picnics and free distribution of exercise books/stationery.

This year, we will be conducting a free holiday camp for poor

Parsi/Irani Zoroastrian children in May at the Cama Convelesent · Home, Bandra which will include full day outings picnics/movies and fun frolic activities. For details, you may wish to contact Mrs. C.K. Batty, Holiday Camp Coordinator on Mobile No. 9819456991.

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We would be grateful to receive your generous contribution in support of the above activities. Cheques to be drawn in favour of  ‘Parsi Punchayet Bombay-Liaison Committee’ and forward to:

Parsi Punchavet Bombav – Liaison Committee ,.Sir H.C. Dinshaw Industrial lnstitute Building. 275- V, Chikalwacli. Tanka, ­Mumbai – 400 007.

  • Tel.: 23882748,23811233

DINSHAW R. MEHTA Chairman

Seeking life partner ?

The Trustees of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet have gecided to revive and activate its Marriage Bureau and have entrusted Trustee Mrs. Arnavaz Mistry for the same.

The Bureau held its first get-together of youngsters on Friday, February 5th 2010 at Khareghat Memorial Hall, Hughes Road, Mumbai 400 007 from 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm.

The get-together turned into a grand success, where an unprecedented 93 youngsters between the ages of 20 and 40 years · turned up for the event.

Complying with the wishes of the majority of the attendees the Trustees have now decided to have these get-togethers not on the first Friday of every month, but on the second Saturday ofthe month.

Accordingly, the next get-together will be held on 13’h March 2010.

We look forward to seeing an even larger number of participants, between the ages of 20 and 40 years, at the next meet. Needless to say, that we shall endeavour to once again give you an evening full of fun, games and entertainment.

Please note that henceforth all the get-togethers would be held on second Saturday of every month, and that there are absolutely no charges to be paid by the participants.

For any inquiries please contact Bombay Parsi Punchayet . Tel # 2261 7421/22/23

(Mehli Colah) Chief Executive

Interfaith Conference in Honolulu

Dear folks,
We are happy to attach a preliminary announcement for an international interfaith conference in Honolulu, Hawaii in Summer, 2011. Its theme will be One Reality, One Humanity, Converging Paths. This follows up on the interest in such a conference shown by some 110 participants crowded in a room holding 80 chairs at the Parliament of World’s Religions’ “open space” presentation “Exploring the Universality of God’s Religion” (Melbourne, Australia, December, 2009).
We invite your organization to join us in co-sponsoring this event and in actively paticipating in it. We will be happy to provide any additional information you might need. Please share this announcement with other relevant organizations and people as well. Thanks.
With best wishes and much aloha,
Saleem Ahmed, Ph.D.
Executive Director, One Reality Conference and
President, All Believers Network
1-808-371-9360

Zarathushtis to celebrate their first UNESCO blessed Nowruz

ZARATHUSHTIS  TO CELEBRATE THEIR   FIRST   UNESCO  BLESSED  NOWRUZ

NoRooz, which falls on the Spring Equinox March 21, marks the official New Year for Zoroastrians worldwide. Washington D.C.  3 March 2010 – FEZANA, the Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America, announced today that Zoroastrian organizations in the United States and Canada will celebrate NoRooz , the Zarathushti New Year, at the turn of the spring equinox. Families will come together on the occasion with prayers, traditional ceremonies and festivities.  Media and the public are invited to attend.   To locate a NoRooz celebration at a Zarathushti association near you, visit: http://www.fezana.org/Associations/Members

On 23 February 2010 in its sixty-fourth session, the United Nations General Assembly recognized 21 March as the International Day of NowRuz.   UNESCO has declared NowRuz, an intangible heritage of humanity. As per the UN resolution (document A/64/L.30/Rev.2) Nowruz heralds in the New Year for more than 300 million people worldwide.  It has been celebrated for over 3,000 years in the Balkans, the Black Sea Basin, the Caucasus, Central Asia, the Middle East, South East Asia and other regions, beginning with its origins in Persia.   In Iran, the celebrations last for 13 days, culminating with Sisdeh-Bedar, when families go out to parks and picnic together, emphasizing their close association with nature and its elements. The Zarathushti Diaspora in North America preserves these ancient traditions and   strives to pass on these valuable intangible legacies to the next generation.    “The beauty, meaning and symbolism of NoRooz can best be experienced by laying out the traditional Haft Sheen Table,” said Bomi Patel, President of FEZANA. The seven (Haft) items remind us of  the seven attributes important in our faith tradition, viz.,  Spenta Mainyu or Wisdom (the power to generate good thoughts, good words and good deeds); Vohuman (The Good Mind);  Asha Vahishta (Ultimate Truth and Order); Kshatrya Vairya (Benovelent Power of Good Governance); Spenta Armaiti (Devotion, zeal and desire to be industrious); Haaurvatat (incessant striving toward perfection) and Ameratat (Eternal bliss and immortality),  in this journey of life. Zarathushti priests from the North American Mobeds’ Council (NAMC), after consultation with their peers in the home countries of Iran and the Indian sub-continent   have compiled a selection of prayers for NowRuz published by FEZANA this year. It is to be used by the laity at tahvil in their homes and prior to congregational festivities.  For a copy of the book, contact:  Erv Soli P. Dastur, dastur@comcast.net The year 2010 is of note since it marks the 1000 year anniversary of the completion of the Persian epic the Shah-na-Meh (Book of Kings) composed by the poet Ferdowsi Tusi. Stories from the Shah-na-Meh are shared as part of Norooz celebrations in North American secular settings such as the Smithsonian Museum in the US capital, as the celebration becomes more main stream. Rooted in Zoroastrianism, Norooz is a universal celebration for all of humanity; a gift which cuts across religious, national, ethnic boundaries with its message of peace, friendship and harmony.

The following video clip from the House of Representatives of the United States Congress during its deliberations in March 2010,  lifting up the beautiful and life regenerating message of NowRuz, rooted in Zoroastrianism,  which is a gift to people of diverse cultures, ethnicities, religions and nations emphasising the all embracing nature of the celebration would be of interest:

Zoroastrianism, founded circa 1500 BCE, is credited to be the oldest monotheistic religion, influencing post-exilic Judaism, which adopted some Zoroastrian beliefs such as the ultimate victory of good over evil and the resurrection of souls. These percepts were then transmitted through Judaism to Christianity, and later to Islam. Zoroastrianism flourished as the imperial religion of three Persian empires, those of the Achaemenians, Parthians and Sassanians, and spread along the ancient trading Silk Route from Europe in the west to China and Japan in the east.  Philosophical elements in Zarathushti scriptures are reflected in religions of the orient. The seminal message of the Bhagvad Gita, to work in this world without attachment, reverberates when chanting the Ashem Vohu prayer of the Zarathushtis, which maintains that righteousness is its own reward. Zoroastrians see themselves as bridge builders, promoting peace on earth. The Zoroastrian (Zarathushti) community of North America includes those who came from the Indian sub-continent known as the Parsis, and those who came directly from Iran. About FEZANA Founded in 1987, FEZANA serves as the coordinating body for 27 Zoroastrian associations throughout the United States and Canada. FEZANA promotes the study, understanding and practice of the Zoroastrian faith in North America, represents the interests of its member associations, and carries out philanthropic and charitable activities worldwide. The FEZANA Journal, FEZANA’s publication of record, circulates to Zoroastrian households in more than 22 countries, as well as to scholars, academicians and religious organizations worldwide.

For more information, visit www.fezana.org.

FEZANA Media Relations:

Zenobia Damania

FEZANA Office 8615 Meadowbrook Drive Burr Ridge,

Illinois 60527 Mobile: 630.697 8947 admin@fezana.org

FEZANA ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS (2010-2011)

PLEASE READ THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA CAREFULLY BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATIONS

Applications are invited for the

FEZANA ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS

MEHRABAN AND MORVORID KHERADI (MMK) ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIP

FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE – THE FEZANA SCHOLAR.

FEZANA  20th ANNIVERSARY  ENDOWMENT  SCHOLARSHIP

THE KHORSHED PANTHAKY ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIP FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES

BANOOBAI AND MANECKSHAW KAPADIA (BMK) ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIP

All scholarships are open to Zarathushti applicants who have obtained admission for attendance at institutions of higher learning (accredited degree-granting colleges or universities) in USA or Canada.

Scholarships: Scholarships for the academic year 2010-2011 will be awarded in September 2010.

The MMK Scholarship

The FEZANA 20th Anniversary Endowed Scholarship

The Khorshed Panthaky Endowed Scholarship

The BMK Scholarship

The FEZANA Scholarships

Eligibility: Applicants must complete the application form and provide documentation for:

(1)   proof of USA or Canadian citizenship. (For non citizens a minimum of one year or two semesters residency in USA or Canada academic institution is required)

(2)   past academic records and accomplishments (attach documentation of the past four years only)

(3)   program of study

(4)   annual financial need including assistance already pledged by other funds, charitable institutions or the institution of choice;

(5)   other financial assistance available from family and friends

(6)   community service including contributions to Zarathushti functions and organizations

(7)   three reference letters

Award Criteria: Applicants will be rated on Scholastic Achievement (40%), Financial Need (40%), Extra-curricular Activities (10%) and Community Service (10%).

The Mehraban and Morvorid Kheradi  Endowment Scholarship of $5000 and the 20th anniversary FEZANA Scholarship of $4000 will be awarded to post graduate students for scholastic excellence

The Khorshed Panthaky Endowment Scholarship of $3000 and The Banoobai and Maneckshaw Kapadia Endowment Scholarship of $1000 will be awarded for undergraduate studies to a student with good academic standing who demonstrates financial need.

Application:  Click Here to Download the Application Form. Application forms are also available from the FEZANA website at www.fezana.org or from Dr Dolly Dastoor (dollydastoor@sympatico.ca)

Completed application forms should be post-marked August 1, 2010 to

DOLLY DASTOOR Ph.D, Chair, FEZANA Academic Scholarship Program,

3765, Malo, Brossard, Quebec Canada J4Y 1B4

Govt budgets for dwindling Parsis

This time around, the Union budget has actually made a modest allocation of Rs 1 crore for “containing population decline of small minority communities”. Even though there is no clarity on just how the government is going to go about discharging its onerous task, its intent seems strong.

Minority affairs minister Salman Khursheed will soon meet Parsi representatives to seek definite suggestions on to help conserve the community. Khursheed told TOI, “There is no plan yet. I really cannot say how can we help. It is something the community has to do itself but we can help preserve heritage and culture which helps ease pressure on members.”

Click Here for the full story in The Times of India

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