As we prepare to celebrate the Nowruz 1400, the Zoroastrian Youth of North America (ZYNA) a FEZANA Committee; is taking on an endeavor to create an pictorial timestamp and archive of our Zoroastrian diaspora in North America and around the world through a project called the Zoroastrian Faces of 1400.
Through this project, we’re hoping to collect pictures of Zarathushtis and their families from around the world and combine them into a video and/or living webpage that will serve as a strong memory point for the turn of the century.
OUR ASK OF YOU
Please submit your picture(s) by Wednesday, March 10th, at the link below
Marvel at the modernity of one of the world’s oldest religions. Discover the Zoroastrian prescription for our environmental and ecological ailments. Understand the Zoroastrian teachings and practices as they relate to the reverence and worship of nature’s elements: fire, air, water, earth, vegetation, animals and humans. Learn the Zoroastrian answer to our modern ecological concerns. Let Zoroastrianism lead us to an environmentally conscious and eco-friendly world citizenry.
Presenter: Ervad Tehemton Mirza
Following rigorous religious training at the M.F. Cama Athornan Institute under Dasturji
Dr. Firoze Kotwal, Tehemton was ordained Navar and Maratab at Iranshah
Ateshbehram in Udvada. His professional carrier took him from Mumbai to Iran to Indonesia, and he finally settled in London Ontario, Canada, where he owns and operates a CPA practice. As a Mobed, Tehemton volunteers religious and spiritual services to Zoroastrians in Southwestern Ontario and Michigan. Tehemton has published articles on Zoroastrianism in North American publications and spoken on Zoroastrian topics at Zoroastrian associations throughout North America. Tehemton currently serves as the Vice President of North American Mobeds Council.
Announcement expected within next few days; current chairman Yazdi H Desai has given his resignation citing health reasons
The Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP) Board of Trustees is set to meet in the next few days to appoint a new chairman after current chairman Yazdi H Desai gave in his resignation on December 23.
Desai, who held the prestigious post for five years, has resigned citing health reasons. The BPP’s Viraf Mehta said, “The Board is set to meet within a few days to accept Desai’s resignation and appoint a new chairman. This will be a zoom (virtual meet).”
Desai in his resignation, addressed to colleague trustees of the BPP, stated that as all of them are aware, he had suffered a stroke in April this year. The letter said further, “Doctors have informed me that full recovery may take longer than I had anticipated, due in no small measure to the fact that I was unable to get any therapy for the initial four months, due to the prevailing pandemic situation.”
Terming it necessary to take this “hard and painful decision”, Desai said that to fast-track his full recovery, his doctors have ordered him to avoid stress. He added that for the past 20 years, his life has revolved around his community and the Punchayet. Desai ended his letter saying it has been a “privilege and honour” to serve the community, acknowledging the support of his wife, Anahita.
THE FINANCE ACT 2020 BY THE INTRODUCTION OF SEC 12AB HAS MADE IT MANDATORY TO RENEW CERT,12A WITH IMMIDIATE EFFECT & EVERY 5YEARS THEREAFTER. WHICH WAS VALID TILL LIFE OF THE INSTITUTION UNLESS EXPRESLY CANCELLED BY THE I.T. DEPT .
THE EXEMPTION FOR TRUSTS & RELIGIOUS & CHARITABLE TRUST WAS GOVERNED BY SECs 11, 12, &13.WHICH EXPRESLY MANDATED, THAT A TRUST CREATED FOR A SPECIFIED PEOPLE OR FOR A SPECIFIED COMMUNITY WAS NOT COVERED UNDER EXEMPTION OF TAX UNDER SECs 11,12 & 13. & TO BGE ELIGIBLE THE TRUSTS CHARITABLE OBJECTS NEEDS TO BE APLICABLE TO ALL PERSONS WITHOUT DISCRIMINATION OF RELIGION, CAST, CREED OR STATUS, HOWEVER, THIS DISQUALIFICATION WAS NOT APPLICABLE FOR TRUSTS REGISTERED BEFORE THE I.T. ACT 1962 BECAME APPLICABLE, HENCE ALL RELIGIOUS & CHARITABLE TRUSTS REGISTERE BEFORE 1ST APRIL 1962 WHERE EXEMPT FROM TAX & ELIGIBLE FOR CERT.12A & 80G.
THE NEW SEC 12AB MANDATES AS ESSENTIAL THAT THE OBJETS MUST INCLUDE APLICABILITY TO ALL PERSONS IRESPECTIVE OF RELIGION CAST CREED OR STATUS, PERPEPECTUITY, TRANSFER TO A NOTHER LIKE TRUST IF IT IS TO BEWOUND UP,THESE MANDATORY CLAUSES & SOME OTHERS, EFFETIVELY MEANS THAT EXEMPTION GIVEN TO RELIGIOUS & CHARITABLE TRUST OF A SPECIFIC COMMUNITY ARE NO LONGER ELIGIBLE FOR TAX EXEMPTION,.
MY QUERY IS DOES SEC 12AB OVERIDE THE EXEMPTION GIVEN UNDER SECs 11,12,& 13 FOR TRUSTS CREATED & REGISTERED BEFORE 1962 & THEREFORE ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR EXEMPTION & CERT.12A
OR 80G UNLES THEY AMEND THEIR OBJECTS TO INCLUDE,FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL WITHOUT DIFRETIATING ,CAST, RELIGION, CREED OR STATUS.
We are pleased to inform Patrons that the Sanatorium will become operational from October 01, 2020 onwards.
The facility will be completely sanitized before it makes Guests welcome.
Keeping in mind the good health of Guests and Sanatorium Staff, use of our facilities will be made available on the following conditions to be adhered to by all Guests:
1. In view of the current global pandemic, Guests wishing to use the Sanatorium should visit only if they are not suffering from symptoms associated with the Novel Corona Virus – Covid – 19.
2. Guests confirm they have visited the Sanatorium of their own volition and absolve Trustees and Staff of The WZO Trust Funds from any financial or medical responsibility or liability.
3. Guests will have to wear protective masks and maintain social distancing in all the common areas of the Sanatorium.
4. Guests will subject themselves to oximeter and infra red thermometer temperature reading every morning that will be taken by the Manager. In the event that the oxygen reading of any guest is found to be below 90 and temperature above 100.4 F, they will be asked to immediately leave the Sanatorium. A record of the oximeter and temperature readings of Guests will be maintained during their stay at the Sanatorium.
5. Till further notice, the maximum number of Guests permitted in each room will be not more than 3 (three), and maximum number of total Guests in the sanatorium will not be more than 15 (fifteen).
These Conditions and Rules have been framed keeping in mind, maintaining the good health of Guests as well as our Staff and all are advised to diligently comply with the same.
Guests wishing to use the facility from October 01, 2020 onwards may contact the Manager of the Sanatorium on either of the telephone numbers mentioned above.
Time: 12 Noon Eastern | 9 AM Pacific | 5 PM UK | 8:30 Iran | 9 PM Pakistan | 9:30 PM India
COVID has changed the way we eat, cook and live in many ways — good and bad. This discussion focuses on the impact of the pandemic on the food supply chain, and how it affected the availability of the basics, leading people to get more creative in the kitchen. Everything from making our own bread to using leftovers to create new unexpected meals, has allowed people to ramp up their cooking skills, rely on sustainability and be more conscious of food wastage. Historically resembling the ways of our ancestors.
Born and raised in Karachi, with London, Toronto and Dubai all part of her life Niloufer has travelled extensively. Passionate about culture through its cuisine she enjoys all cuisines of the world.
Self taught, her experience through the years has driven her to write a blog NiloufersKitchen.com and publish two Parsi cookbooks – receiving 3 awards. She strongly believes that while we are identified by race, religion and colour, we share the tightest bonding through food. Her umpteen zoom demos through this pandemic have picked up momentum worldwide making #revivinganancientcuisine one recipe at a time her priority.
Naomi Mobed is the Founder of Le Bon Magot®, an award-winning specialty producer of fine condiments, conserves, preserves and sauces inspired by the flavors of Africa, Middle East and South Asia. This venture is the culmination of her diverse heritage, extensive travels and her passion for all things culinary. Naomi’s love of cooking comes straight from her family’s kitchen – she learned how to cook from her Mother, Grandmother and Great Aunts. Prior to becoming a foodpreneur, Naomi was a banker, specializing in the emerging economies of Central Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. Her clients were some of the largest financial and public institutions in these regions. Having completed graduate studies in International Relations at the London School of Economics & Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Political Science & International Relations from Mount Holyoke College, Naomi has previously worked in academia, multi-national corporations, United States Department of State and Research/Policy organizations. She has published articles in journals of international history, politics and business as well as contributing to a number of books. Born in Karachi and having grown up around the world, she is multilingual with varying degrees of familiarity with 7 languages (in addition to English).
Chef Jehangir Mehta is the chef/owner of the New York city restaurants Graffiti, Me and You, and Graffiti Earth. He has been a participant in Food Network’s Next Iron Chef Redemption 2012, the runner-up at the Next Iron Chef 2009, a participant on Iron Chef American and a guest on Martha Stewart living. Known for his signature eclectic style and food sustainability initiatives, he uses an array of unusual ingredients and spices to create an interesting juxtapose of temperatures, textures and tastes.
Vera Dinshaw Springett,
Co-Founder Parsis Exchange Recipes on Facebook
Vera Dinshaw Springett is Creative Director for UX (User Experience) at University of Phoenix, with almost 20 years of combined ad agency and in-house branding and digital experience. Originally from Pakistan, Vera came to the US to earn her bachelor’s in Advertising and master’s in Integrated Marketing Communications. She lives in Chicago with her husband and daughter, and is co-admin of Parsis Exchange Recipes (PER).
Arbez Shroff Patel
Co-Founder Parsis Exchange Recipes on Facebook
Arbez Shroff Patel is born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan. Came to the United States to earn a degree in Medical Technology. Worked at Smithkline Beecham medical reference laboratory specializing in Microbiology and Virology, ultimately in a Supervisory and then Managerial capacity. Living in Plano, Texas. Mother to two children who have flown the coop.
FEZANA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Food Sustainability, Creativity & Conservation During COVID-19: The FEZANA Talks #9
Time: Sep 19, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 999 6234 1616
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WZO Trust Funds are happy to announce that their 17th building at Navsari called ‘Dasturji Meherji K. D. Meherjirana Memorial House’ has been completed, Jashan performed on July 26, 2020 and flats allotted to needy members of our community.
The building has been constructed after demolishing the old building that was received by us as a bequest as per the Wills of Late Dasturji Meherji K. D. Meherjirana and Mrs. Mehru Meherji Meherjirana.
The generous Trustees of Zoroastrian Charity Funds of Hong Kong, Canton & Macao funded the entire cost of construction.
BaNaMeh Ahura Mazda With TunDorosti And MunDorosti To All
My Dear Global Zarathushti Leaders And Community Members:
With immense joy, I would like to invite you all to welcome and congratulate our newly elected FEZANA President, Arzan Sam Wadia with the soulful blessings of your heart and spirit. Arzan takes over as FEZANA’s 9th and youngest President to date.
With Vision 2020, Arzan has dedicated the last 10 plus years towards serving our North American and Global Zarathushti community with incredible gusto and enthusiasm.
Arzan served as our immediate FEZANA Vice President and was the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Global Zarathushti Professional Award. He has been extensively involved with the Zoroastrian Return To Roots Program since its inception and is its current Program Director.
Arzan has been a featured speaker at various North American and World Zoroastrian Congresses, and has served with utmost dedication on the Board of the Zoroastrian Association Of Greater New York for four terms.
Arzan is the founding editor of Parsi Khabar ( www.ParsiKhabar.net ) – The World’s Oldest And Largest internet news aggregator website about Parsis and Zoroastrians worldwide. This website disseminates news, opinion and analysis of culture, society, religion and trends within our Zarathushti community worldwide.
Arzan also served as the Program Chair for the 2019 7th World Zoroastrian Youth Congress in Los Angeles as well as on the core committee of the 2012 12th North American Zoroastrian Congress in New York.
In 2018, Arzan was featured in the FEZANA Journal Special Issue on Empowering Next Generation as one of the 40 inspiring young Zoroastrians. He was also instrumental in empowering our Global Zoroastrian Youth as one of the 20 participants at the inaugural World Zoroastrian Youth Leadership Forum in 2018 at the ASHA Center in the United Kingdom.
Arzan has designed and maintained over 40 websites for design and commercial clients including the websites of FEZANA, NAMC, ZAGNY, ZAMWI, Zoroastrian Return To Roots and the 7WZYC2019. He is also the webmaster of The Iranshah Intitiative Project that is dedicated to showcase the bounty of our sacred Iranshah.
Arzan is an architect and urban designer based in New York City. Having worked in Graz, Austria and New York, he has been part of design teams for projects in Austria, Switzerland, Cambodia as well as USA . With a Masters in Urban Design and Architecture from the Pratt Institute, and an entrepreneurial spirit, Arzan currently practices as an architect and runs a technology business. He has earned numerous professional awards in his field of endeavor and has built a reputation of being a team player with other Global Zarathushti leaders.
May Ahura Mazda Guide our Arzan, as he now takes on this awesome responsibility; to lead FEZANA with your blessings of Good Thoughts, Good Words and Good Deeds.
ARZAN IS A PASSIONATE LEADER AND A COMPASSIONATE HUMAN BEING WHO EPITOMIZES THE RADIANCE AND VIBRANCE OF A ZARTOSHTI
With that sentiment…
Please join me in wishing him the very best with all our
Love and Light
Westminster, California, USA
THANK YOU ARZAN FOR YOUR KIND AND UNCONDITIONAL SUPPORT TO OUR FUTURE GENERATION