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  • Saturday, October 28, 2023 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FEZANA Religion Education Committee invites you to

    Lived Zoroastrianism:How Zoroastrian Women Practice Religion in the American Diaspora

    A conversation with Dr.Paulina Niechciał

    Time: Saturday Oct 28, 2023

    9:00 AM Pacific |12:00 PM Eastern


    The lecture will discuss the anthropological study conducted among Zoroastrian women settled in the United States of America, which since the mid-20th century has been accommodating migrants and refugees practicing Zoroastrianism. Zoroastrian migration is connected with the transfer of religious practices to the new continent and their transformation and reevaluation in a new context. As institutional Zoroastrianism has been male-dominated, it is particularly interesting to explore how women transform religion through their practices and how they challenge the traditional way of understanding Zoroastrianism.

    The perspective that inspired the study is a lived religion approach that captures the changes and diversification of religious practices in everyday life, highlighting the way individuals practice religion. In 2019, as a recipient of the Kosciuszko Foundation Fellowship, hosted by the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at the Indiana University in Bloomington, Dr. Paulina Niechciał conducted fieldwork within her research project ‘Lived Religion’ in the Context of Migration: The Case of Zoroastrian Women in the USA. The qualitative interviews collected within the project were conducted among the first and second generations of female immigrants, who identified with a Zoroastrian community and had at least one parent of Zoroastrian origin from Iran, India or old Parsi colonies. Conducted in different states, including Illinois, California, Texas, Kentucky, and Ohio, the study reflects on the diversity of American Zoroastrians, subsequently indicating some general trends in the transformation of their religion.

    About Dr. Paulina Niechciał

    Paulina Niechciał is an assistant professor in the Center for Comparative Civilization Studies at Jagiellonian University, Poland. She completed her M.A. degree both in Ethnology (2006) and Iranian Studies (2008), and a Ph.D. degree in Sociology (2012). In her doctoral thesis, based on field research conducted among Zoroastrians in Tehran, she analyzed the issues of collective identity. Her academic interests cover the anthropology and sociology of religion and the contemporary cultures of Persiante societies of Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan. She authored academic journal articles and book chapters on minority and identity studies and a monograph in Polish titled Zoroastrian Minority in Modern Tehran: On Collective Identity in the Context of Shi’a Domination (2013). Her most recent research interests focus on modern Zoroastrianism within a gender studies framework.

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    Topic: Lived Zoroastrianism: A Conversation with Paulina Niechciat

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  • Saturday, October 14, 2023 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NAMC institute of Zoroastrian Studies

    We are pleased to announce our upcoming course:

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  • Sunday, September 24, 2023 6:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are reaching out to the community at large to ask for your generous support to help raise money to assist with the medical costs of Ervad Shahzad Darayus Hozdar who has been diagnosed with high-grade Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), a condition in which bone marrow does not produce enough healthy blood cells. This puts him at a high risk of developing Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), a type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow. Any amount you can donate will make a huge difference in his life.

    Unfortunately, Shahzad’s younger brother passed away at the age of 20 from AML. The family is devastated to face this nightmare again and is terrified of losing another son. Shahzad is a young Dastoor who is a kind, gentle, and loving person. He has a bright future ahead of him, and he deserves a chance to live. The only curative treatment for MDS is a bone marrow transplant, but unfortunately, Shahzad does not have any siblings who can be his donors. His best option at this time is to take medications that can slow down the progression of the disease and improve his quality of life.

    The family is very grateful to Dr. Antia and Dr. Jeyhan Dhabbar, Hematologist and Haemato-Oncologist who are treating Shahzad free of charge at the Parsee General Hospital in Mumbai, India. They have recommended that Shahzad needs to start taking medications that can reduce the risk of MDS transforming into AML. However, this medication is very expensive and each injection costs about IRS. 80,000.00 (CAD $1,302). Besides injections, he also needs a bone marrow transplant, and they are approaching Tata Memorial Centre for a donor.

    His father recently met with an accident and is gradually recovering and regaining his speech. For some, misfortune comes with vengeance, and he lost his job.

    Please help us save Ervad Shahzad and receive his family’s as well as Ahura Mazda’s Blessings.

    You can make your donation directly below:

    Account No: 032001008110
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    Account Type: Savings
    Bank: ICICI Bank

    We appreciate your kindness and compassion in these difficult times for the family - Thank you in anticipation of your generosity.
  • Sunday, September 24, 2023 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • Tuesday, September 19, 2023 5:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Entertainment committee would like to invite ZSO members who would like to be a part of our Entertainment Committee.

    We are looking for new members / volunteer chefs to join our committee.

    If you wish to join the committee please email us your:

    • Full name
    • Goals for the committee
    • Plans to execute these goals
    • 3-4 sentences about yourself

    Please do send in your information to by October 31st, 2023.

    Looking forward to your email.

    Thanking you,

    Minoo Bharda

    (Entertainment Committee Chair)


    Mahanaz Sheriar

    (Entertainment Committee Co-chair)

  • Thursday, September 14, 2023 2:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    First photo is of the author Pablo Vazquez. Second photo is of members of the Zoroastrian Association of Chicago in the Parade of Religions before the start of the Parliament.

    As I tell people often, the Parliament of the World's Religions, the world's largest interfaith event representing over 150+ different religious traditions, is important to my own Zoroastrian development and directly responsible for my conversion. Before it, I knew next to nothing about Zoroastrianism, thinking it to be the dead religion of the ancient Persians. Yet here it was, at the FEZANA booth, where I met the Rivetnas, the first Zoroastrians I ever met. They gave me, like so many other attendees walking amongst the booths representing countless religious traditions, something I had never imagined would even exist, a pamphlet with some basic information and a book. With this simple act, by the time of the next Parliament, I was already a Zoroastrian, sedreh and all! In fact, I was there for this year's Parliament in Chicago volunteering with FEZANA telling many curious attendees who, like me previously, had no idea our faith was even still around. This is only a portion of the power, influence, and life-changing experience of the Parliament of the World's Religions with its more than 10,000 attendees who are able to sit and dialogue with each other every four years in ways that rarely happen in our day-to-day lives.

    Leading figures including Ervad Mirza and Arzan Wadia marching at opening ceremony

    Founded in 1893 at the World's Fair in Chicago, the Parliament of the World's Religions was the Upper Western World's first exposure to so many of the world's varied religions. Swami Vivekananda represented Hinduism there, receiving a standing ovation from an audience that included many who had never ever seen a Hindu before, and our own Sir Jivanji Jamshedji Modi delivered a paper prepared by both Dadabhai Naoroji and Ervad Sheriarji Dabadhai Bharucha that gained the attention of many there. It cemented the Zoroastrian community's stalwart involvement with the Parliament that continues to this day with not only a booth where attendees can buy books and learn more about our beautiful faith but also with Zoroastrians as invited major speakers to address the Parliament, including Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman and CNN reporter Parisa Khosravi, and with Zoroastrians on its board of trustees such as Mahrukh Motafram and Dolly Dastoor who have made our presence there all that more impactful. This year, as we have before, Zoroastrians even took part in the Parade of Faith both before and during opening ceremonies where both the head of FEZANA, Arzan Sam Wadia, and the head of NAMC, Ervad Tehemton Mizra, were present showing that once again our beautiful community, despite our numbers, packs an outsized punch in global affairs. As Mr. Wadia himself puts it: "Every four years, the Zoroastrian faith shines brightly at the Parliament thanks to the hard work of our leadership teams and respected speakers who showcase the beauty and majesty of our storied religion...We always look forward to participating and joining arms with our fellow co-religionists for what is a memorable and impactful week of interfaith dialogue and collaboration".

    This sort of interfaith work is important because we're able to not just increase knowledge about our own faith and traditions but also help increase wisdom and understanding in a troubled world where so many are scared to even talk to their neighbors, or go into certain neighborhoods because of what they believe, who they worship, and the like. In matters of interfaith, I am proud to say that our community has not just been at the forefront consistently throughout North America and the world, but has a sacred calling towards it. Zarathushtra proclaims in the Gathas, in Yasna 30.9, that "We thus desire to be those who will bring magnificence to what exists, Oh Mazda and you other Ahuras, alongside the renovators and Asha, when we have centered our thoughts wherever wisdom and understanding may be found." Zarathushtra declares that his followers will not only seek wisdom and understanding wherever they can but also be the ones to help renovate existence, make our reality all that much better, and bring us closer to the Frashokereti, the "making beautiful" of our world. Interfaith work, if anything, is building and seeking wisdom and understanding with our global neighbors and with events like the Parliament, where through panels, speeches, ritual performances, informative lectures, and even simple conversations over lunch, we accomplish the duty set forth to us by Zarathushtra thousands of years ago.

    Written by: Pablo Vazquez (Zoroastrian Center of Austin)

  • Saturday, September 09, 2023 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NAMC institute of Zoroastrian Studies

    We are pleased to announce our upcoming course:

    Click Here To Register

  • Saturday, September 09, 2023 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    FEZANA is happy to announce a Zoroastrians Studies Symposium in honour of our own dear Ervad Dr. Jehan Bagli.

    This seminar is being organized by the University of Toronto, The Elahe Omidyar Mir-Djalali Institute of Iranian Studies and is co-sponsored by FEZANA and others.

    The detailed program and line up of speakers is listed below.

    This is an in-person and online event and we encourage all those who can to attend.

    Date: September 9th, 2023
    Time: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Venue: Isabel Bader Theater, 93 Charles St W, Toronto ON, M5S 2C7

    Ervad Dr, Jehan Bagli is the most recent recipient of FEZANA's Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the faith and the community here in North America.

    He is the founding editor of the FEZANA Journal and has served local member associations and FEZANA in various capacities over the decades.

    If you are planning to attend in person please RSVP at the ink below. The venue has limited seating.

    Register for In-Person

    To attend the online Zoom session, click on the link below to register.

    Register for Online Event

  • Friday, September 08, 2023 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The OCZF's Place of Worship Advisory Committee (PWAC) are extremely pleased to inform the community that on September 08, 2023, the
    Town of Oakville issued the building permit that enables OCZF to start construction of their new Place of Worship.

    To read more click below:

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  • Wednesday, September 06, 2023 12:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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