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  • Wednesday, November 25, 2020 12:00 | Anahita Ogra (Administrator)

    Nov 25, 2020

    With the evolving COVID-19 Pandemic and rising cases, the city of Toronto is in a lockdown. Keeping the health and safety of our custodian and members as top priority, as well as following the changes under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) for places of worship and the specific conditions which include limiting capacity and ensuring that public health measures are followed such as face coverings, physical distancing and environmental cleaning and disinfecting, the ZSO Board of Directors has decided to CLOSE the Mehraban Guiv Darb e Meher (MGDM) until further notice. 

    MGDM is CLOSED effective immediately.

    All upcoming visits to MGDM are cancelled with the exception of any death prayers with a limited capacity of 10 people including the priest and custodian.  These bookings MUST be booked by contacting Hoofrish Patel (evp@zso.org).

    We thank you for your patience and appreciate your cooperation.

    When visiting the MGDM please be reminded of the following mandatory requirements and guidelines:

    • Use the online self-assessment tool before every visit to the MGDM
    • Wearing a non-medical mask/face covering is mandatory
    • Bring your own prayer book and head covering
    • Refrain from bringing Sukhar, loban or other prayer related items from home
    • Maintain a social distance of two meters/six feet
    • Follow entry and exit signs
    • Social gatherings, including those that occur before or after a prayer service remains suspended
    • Avoid opportunities for the virus to spread through touch, either directly or indirectly through surfaces and objects, including objects that may be used in rituals or ceremonies

    Suspended Services

    • Drop in visits
    • Social gatherings, including those that occur before or after a prayer service remains suspended
    • Navjote, weddings and other close contact activities
    • Consumption of food and drink remains suspended
    • Indoor singing, use of instruments and choir service
    • Sharing and distribution of materials and objects such as books, scarves, caps, water, etc.



  • Wednesday, November 18, 2020 22:08 | Anahita Ogra (Administrator)

    Nov 18, 2020

    With the evolving COVID-19 Pandemic and rising cases, the city of Toronto is listed in the Red Zone. Keeping the health and safety of our custodian and members as top priority, as well as following the changes under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) for places of worship and the specific conditions which include limiting capacity and ensuring that public health measures are followed such as face coverings, physical distancing and environmental cleaning and disinfecting, the ZSO Board of Directors has decided to revise the MGDM visiting hours. 

    MGDM revised hours of operations effective immediately are: 

    Saturday 9am - 12pm 

    All visits to MGDM remain by appointment only and MUST  be booked at least 24 hours in advance, by contacting Hoofrish Patel (evp@zso.org) and receiving her confirmation. Please note if you do not have an appointment/confirmation your entry will be denied.

    We thank you for your patience and appreciate your cooperation.

    When planning a visit to the MGDM please be reminded of the following mandatory requirements and guidelines:

    • Use the online self-assessment tool before every visit to the MGDM
    • Wearing a non-medical mask/face covering is mandatory
    • Bring your own prayer book and head covering
    • Refrain from bringing Sukhar, loban or other prayer related items from home
    • Maintain a social distance of two meters/six feet
    • Follow entry and exit signs
    • Social gatherings, including those that occur before or after a prayer service remains suspended
    • Avoid opportunities for the virus to spread through touch, either directly or indirectly through surfaces and objects, including objects that may be used in rituals or ceremonies

    Suspended Services

    • Social gatherings, including those that occur before or after a prayer service remains suspended
    • Navjote and other close contact activities
    • Consumption of food and drink remains suspended
    • Indoor singing, use of instruments and choir service
    • Sharing and distribution of materials and objects such as books, scarves, caps, water, etc.

    Disclaimers and resources:

    “All visits to the MGDM are voluntary and at the visitor’s own discretion. Visitors must comply with applicable guidelines including limits on numbers, wearing of masks and physical distancing. All visitors are responsible for their own health & safety as well as respecting the health & safety of those around them.” 
    "Visitors must self-screen with the ZSO volunteer present when entering the MGDM at each visit. The volunteer will record the date, their name and contact information (phone and/or email) and that will only be used for contact tracing for COVID-19 purposes and will only be kept on file for 30 days.”


  • Sunday, November 15, 2020 23:04 | Anahita Ogra (Administrator)

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  • Thursday, August 06, 2020 15:05 | Anahita Ogra (Administrator)

    The city of Toronto has entered stage 3 of the provincial reopening on Friday July 31st.   As a result of this announcement, we are in Stage 3 of reopening by following the changes under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) for places of worship with some specific conditions. These conditions include limiting capacity and ensuring that public health measures are followed such as face coverings, physical distancing and environmental cleaning and disinfecting.  

     Click here or visit the COVID-19 Updates section for more details regarding the upcoming Shahenshahi Farvardegan days (Agu 11th - 15th).

  • Saturday, August 01, 2020 16:21 | Anahita Ogra (Administrator)

    The city of Toronto is preparing to oversee the safe restart of more businesses and services following the Province of Ontario’s announcement as it entered stage 3 of the provincial reopening on Friday July 31st.   As a result of this announcement, we are in Stage 3 of reopening by following the changes under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) for places of worship with some specific conditions. Click here or visit the COVID-19 Updates section for more details.


  • Thursday, July 30, 2020 23:41 | Anahita Ogra (Administrator)


    Farvardegan Prayers Schedule

    August 11th – 16th, 2020

    Live Streamed via ZSO YouTube Channel

    August 11, 2020:

    7:00 AM - Morning Satum (Click here)

    7:30 AM - Afringan and Farokshi (Click here)

    11:30 AM - Afternoon Satum (Click here)

    7:00 PM - Evening Satum (Click here)

    August 12, 2020:

    7:00 AM - Morning Satum (Click here)

    7:30 AM - Afringan and Farokshi (Click here)

    11:30 AM - Afternoon Satum (Click here)

    7:00 PM - Evening Satum (Click here)

    August 13, 2020:

    7:00 AM - Morning Satum (Click here)

    7:30 AM - Afringan and Farokshi (Click here)

    11:30 AM - Afternoon Satum (Click here)

    7:00 PM - Evening Satum (Click here)

    August 14, 2020:

    7:00 AM - Morning Satum (Click here)

    7:30 AM - Afringan and Farokshi (Click here)

    11:30 AM - Afternoon Satum (Click here)

    7:00 PM - Evening Satum (Click here)

    August 15, 2020:

    8:00 AM - Morning Satum (Click here)

    8:30 AM - Afringan and Farokshi (Click here)

    11:30 AM - Afternoon Satum (Click here)

    7:00 PM - Evening Satum (Click here)

    August 16, 2020:

    4:15 AM - Night Afringan and Satum (Click here) - This prayer is a live stream ONLY

    All visits to the MGDM will be by appointment only and MUST be booked in advance, a minimum 24 hours prior to the day of the visit, by contacting Afreed Mistry (EVP@zso.org) and receiving her confirmation. 

    Please note if you do not have an appointment/confirmation your entry will be denied.

  • Friday, July 17, 2020 11:45 | Meherwan Wadia (Administrator)

    The provincial Government has established guidelines to gradually reopen the province and ease restrictions in communities where it is safe to do so. We have entered Stage 2 of reopening by following the changes under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act (EMCPA) for places of worship with some specific conditions. These conditions include limiting capacity and ensuring that public health measures are followed such as face coverings, physical distancing and environmental cleaning and disinfecting.

    As we cautiously and gradually plan the reopening, participation in religious services is increased from 10 to 15 people including the priest, additionally now the MGDM will be open for drop in visits with revised hours of operation and protocols to follow.

    The MGDM revised hours of operations starting, July 21, 2020 are;

    • Tuesday 4pm - 8pm
    • Saturday 9am - 12pm

    All visits to the MGDM will be by appointment only and MUST be booked 24 hours in advance, prior to the day of the visit by contacting Afreed Mistry (evp@ZSO.org) and receiving her confirmation. Please note if you do not have an appointment/confirmation your entry will be denied.

    We thank you for your patience and appreciate your cooperation as we gradually and safely reopen, keeping the safety of our custodian and the community at large as the top priority. 

    Click here for more details on reopening of Faith Based Organizations in the City of Toronto

  • Saturday, June 27, 2020 12:00 | Anonymous

    There will continue to be NO gatherings allowed at the MGDM in keeping with the Government of Ontario’s orders. The in-person attendance for prayers at the MGDM is now increased to 10 people ONLY including the priest(s) and must be arranged in advance by contacting Afreed Mistry (evp@zso.org).

    Any additional people will NOT be allowed to enter the premises.

    For more information on Ontario prohibiting gatherings for more than five people with strict exceptions and further updates visit the site here

    Stay Home, Be Safe and Save Lives.

    Please stay tuned, as we’re working diligently for the next steps of reopening including drop in visits to the Darb-e-Mehr.

  • Friday, May 01, 2020 18:48 | Anonymous

    Darbe Mehr Major Initiatives – Landscaping

    The Board in conjunction with the ZSO House & Garden committee are moving forward with the next major initiative to update the Darbe Mehr.  The Landscaping project is now in the Request For Quote stage. 

    Details of the RFQ including the scope of the project are in the attached spreadsheet. 

    The deadline for submission of all quotes is May 31st, 2020

    The RFQ will also be sent via email to the community and we welcome any and all referrals for this work.  Please direct any questions or comments to secretary@zso.org.

    ZSO Board of Directors and H&G Committee

    ZSO_DM_Landscaping_RFQ.xlsx

  • Sunday, March 29, 2020 16:43 | Anonymous

    Attention high school graduates, the application process for the Annual ZSO Academic and Community Service Award is now open. 

    The deadline for receiving completed applications this year is 20th July 2020. All pertinent details are in the application form which can be found here.

    Good luck to all the applicants. 


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