Archive for December, 2014


New Year’s Eve Spectacular

A Hollywood Style Light & Sound Show


An Affair to Remember

 

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JULIUS

NAUZAD

KHUSHI

ZUBIN


A high-voltage, action-packed and non-stop party
with a 10,000 watt sound system and a dynamic Hollywood-style Laser Show
to ring in the New Year 2015!

From the moment you set foot on the dance floor,
you’ll be in the groove with our blend of global dance music until the moment our last beat exits the speakers.
The next day you’ll wake up thinking, “Wow, let’s do it again!”

DJ Julius has been DJ'ing since 1991 in concerts and ultra-clubs from TAO in Vegas to 360 Degree in Dubai. You will never experience anything like the concert-like performance of DJ Julius and the Fabulous 3.

This group comprises of an elite DJ, a sexy violinist, an energetic percussionist, and a rockin' saxophonist. Combined, they will supercharge their mix of Eastern and Western music!
Nauzad is a popular vocalist, performing artist and playback singer.

With over 600 Live Performances in USA, Canada, India, UK, Southeast Asia and Gulf countries, as well as a very successful debut pop album – America Mein India - to his credit, Nauzad is one of the most sought-after vocalists headlining major high-profile events throughout USA.
Khushi is a popular playback singer, fashion model and actress.

A child-protégé vocalist at the age of 4, Khushi is, today, one of the most popular, sought-after and versatile performing artist with over 500 Live Performances in India, USA, China, Europe, South-Africa, Southeast Asia and Gulf countries to her credit.
DJ Zubin’s precision mixing at immense speeds is part of his show; as each track mixes in you can positively feel the dance-floor going up a notch to keep up with this energetic DJ.

For him, it’s all about creating the right mood and dancing to the groove. Playing tracks that get you tapping your feet, nodding your head and shaking your hips, regardless of genre, tempo or style… you suddenly find yourself dancing the night away!


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7:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.: Continental Breakfast in the Pacific Ballroom, Lobby Level (for guests of the Hilton only).

Pre-Congress at the Hilton: Sunday, December 28, 2014

Start Time
End Time
Pre-Congress Events at the Hilton
Location
1:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m.
FEZANA Infrastructure Committee Meeting
Los Angeles Ballroom, Second Floor
3:30 p.m.
9:30 p.m.
Registration
Foyer West
4:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
WZCC Meeting
La Jolla Ballroom, Second Floor
7:00 p.m.
12 :00 a.m.
Pre-Congress Hang Out Mixer (Cash Bar) - All Welcome!
Pacific Ballroom A, Lobby Level
7:30 p.m.
10:00 p.m.
Pre-Congress & WZCC Dinner at "The Hang Out" - Reservation Required
Pacific Ballroom B, Lobby Level
8:00 p.m.

1:00 a.m.
Casino Night & Cash Bar
Plaza Ballroom A, Lower Lobby Level

Congress Day 1: Monday, December 29, 2014

Start Time
End Time
International Ballroom
Lobby Level
La Jolla Ballroom
Second Floor
Los Angeles Ballroom
Second Floor
Teen Track (Ages 13-18)
Century C & D
Second Floor
8:15 a.m.9:15 a.m.Khushali-nu-Jashan,
Ervad Zarrir Bhandara
9:15 a.m.9:45 a.m.Break
9:45 a.m.11:00 a.m.

Opening Ceremony

11:00 a.m.11:20 a.m.Welcome!
Katayun Kapadia,
FEZANA President
Bomi Patel,
FEZANA Congress Committee Chair
Tehmi Damania,
ZAC President
Shida Anoshiravani,
CZC President
11:20 a.m.11:40 a.m.Keynote Welcome, Nadir Godrej
11:40 a.m.12:30 p.m.Keynote Address: Follow Your Dreams and Passions, Parisa Khosravi
12:30 p.m. 2:00 p.m.Lunch (The Plaza - Lower Lobby)
2:00 p.m.
2:45 p.m.Generational Perspectives on Issues of the Day,
Moderator: Farzin Avari
Panelists:
Autusa Behroozi,
Homi Gandhi,
Poruz Khambatta,
Jamshed Rivetna,
Nazneen Shroff
Across the Arabian Sea. . . . But for the Faith and Unity, Mobed Parvez M. Bajan
Teaching Zoroastrianism Workshop: Teaching the 21st Century Learner - New Curricula, New Techniques, Daraius Bharucha2:00 - 2:30 pm:
Kick Off!

2:30-3:45 pm:
Zoroastrian Connenction & Creativity,
Shirrin Kumaana Wadia
2:45 p.m. 3:30 p.m.Shahnameh: Myth or Fact?, Shahin Nezhad
3:30 p.m.3:45 p.m.Break
3:45 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
Venture Philanthropy: An Investment Approach for Public Benefit, Fariborz Maseeh
The UNESCO-PARZOR Project, Dinsha Mistree
Zoroastrianism 101: At Least 20 Basic Things We SHOULD Know, But May Not..., Mobed Fariborz Shahzadi

Recommended from Adult Track:

3:45 p.m. - Zoroastrianism 101: At Least 20 Basic Things We SHOULD Know But May Not..., Mobed Fariborz Shahzadi

and/or

4:30 p.m. - Zoroastrianism and the Next Generation, Zane Dalal

4:30 p.m.
5:15 p.m.
Zoroastrianism and the Next Generation, Zane Dalal
The State of the Online Zarathushti, Arzan Sam Wadia
7:00 p.m.
8:15 p.m.
Cocktail Reception (Cash Bar - Pacific Ballroom, Lobby Level)
NAZC 2014 Poster Session Presentations
8:00 p.m.
1:00 a.m.
An Evening in Persia
Dinner & Entertainment

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS:
7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. – Reiki Group Healing Session 1: Healing Self and Humanity
Reiki Masters Pesi and Vera Shroff- Newport A, Second Floor

5:30 p.m. – Bequeathing Our Generations – Establishment of the First Consecrated Dar-e-Meher in the Western World
Kaemerz P. Dotiwala – Marina Room, Second Floor
For more information, click here.

Genetics of Metabolic Disease in Parsi Families (Research Study):  
Hours of Operation TBD – Dr. Saroja Voruganti – Catalina B, Second Floor

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN:
Playroom & Child Care Center (for ages 0-4 years): Catalina C, Second Floor
Mini-Congress (for ages 5-12 years): Century A & B, Second Floor
Hours: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Congress Day 2: Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Start Time
End Time
International Ballroom
Lobby Level
La Jolla Ballroom
Second Floor
Los Angeles Ballroom
Second Floor
Teen Track (Ages 13-18)
Century C & D
Second Floor
9:00 a.m.
9:45 a.m.
The World Zoroastrian Organization: My Journey with Them, Darayus S. Motivala
Zarathushtis: Days of Future Past,
Ardeshir Behi and Rastin Mehri
Environmental Causes of Cancer: Fetus to Adult, Dr. Shahram Yazdani
9:45 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
History of Zoroastrians through Political Analysis and Historical Letters, Daryoush Jahanian

Presentation Text
How to Create Wealth for Yourself,
Moderator: Kavasji Dadachanji
Panelists: Tehemtan Arjani, Alayar Dabestani, Arda-e-viraf Minocherhomjee

Significance of the Jashan Ceremony, Mobed Zarrir Bhandara
10am - 11:15 am: Growing Up Zoro!
Moderator: Navroz Gandhi
Panelists: Zerkxis Bhandara, Farhad Choksy, Shahyan Dalal, Deanyar Jahanian, Kaizeen Mody, Meher Pavri
10:30 a.m.
11:15 a.m.
Zoroastrian Footprints on the Chinese Silk Road, Jenny Rose Healthy Vegetarian Living, Armaiti May
11:15 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
Break
11:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
Living the Good Religion among Others: Cosmopolitan Zoroastrian Thought from the Middle Ages to Modernity, Daniel Sheffield, (Khorshed Jungalwala Memorial Lecture)
Private Showing of the Shahnameh Exhibition, Silloo Mehta
12:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m.

FEZANA Awards Lunch


2:30 p.m.
3:15 p.m.
Yin and Yang of Zoroastrian Thought - Moderator: Khushroo Lakdawala Panelists: Ardeshir Anoshiravani, Behram Deboo, Kaemerz Dotiwala, Farhad Sidhwa

Link to Presentations:
Ardeshir Anoshiravani | Behram Deboo | Kaemerz P. Dotiwala |Farhad Sidhwa
The Era of Zoroastrian Entrepreneurship in 21st Century USA, Meherwan Boyce
Young Adults Session:
Break Ya Ice!
, Khush Italia

2:30 - 3:00pm: Shahnameh Recital Afshin Sepehri, Nusha Sepehri
3:15 p.m.

4:00 p.m.
Interfaith: Our Presence on the World Stage, Mobedyar Maneck Bhujwala

Presentation Text
3:00-4:00 pm: Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds Moderator: Arzan Sam Wadia Panelists: Autusa Behroozi , Dinsha Mistree, Afshin Sepehri, Arzan Sam Wadia
4:00 p.m.
4:15 p.m.
Break
4:15 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
Navigating Zoroastrian Parenthood - Raising Children in North America, Moderator:Trity Pourbahrami Panelists:Natalie Gandhi, Fereshteh Mazdyasni and Shahram Sohrab
The Achievements and Challenges of Young Mobeds in North America, Moderators: Houtoxi F. Contractor and Ervad Soli P. Dastur. Panelists: Ervad Bahrom Firozgary, Ervad Zerkxis Bhandara, Ervad Burzin Balsara, Ervad Rayomand Ravji, Ervad Rayomand Katrak
Recommended from the Adult Track
4:15-5:30pm: The Achievements and Challenges of Young Mobeds in North America, Moderators, Houtoxi F. Contractor and Ervad Soli P. Dastur. Panelists: Ervad Bahrom Firozgary, Ervad Zerkxis Bhandara, Ervad Burzin Balsara, Ervad Rayomand Ravji, Ervad Rayomand Katrak
6:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
Cocktail Reception (Cash Bar - Pacific Ballroom, Lobby Level)
NAZC 2014 Poster Session Presentations
7:00 p.m.

8:00 p.m.
World Zoroastrian Symphony Orchestra

8:00 p.m.
12:00 a.m.

Majah Masti, Maxiumum Mischief! Dinner and Entertainment

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS:

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. – Reiki Group Healing Session 2: Opening the Doors to Creativity
Reiki Masters Pesi and Vera Shroff- Newport A, Second Floor

5:30 p.m. – Bequeathing Our Generations – Establishment of the First Consecrated Dar-e-Meher in the Western World
Kaemerz P. Dotiwala – Marina Room, Second Floor
For more information, click here.

Genetics of Metabolic Disease in Parsi Families (Research Study):
Hours of Operation TBD – Dr. Saroja Voruganti – Catalina B, Second Floor

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN:
Playroom & Child Care Center (for ages 0-4 years): Catalina C, Second Floor
Mini-Congress (for ages 5-12 years): Century A & B, Second Floor
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Congress Day 3: Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Start Time
End Time
International Ballroom
Lobby Level
La Jolla Ballroom
Second Floor
Los Angeles Ballroom
Second Floor
Teen Track (Ages 13-18)
Century C & D
Second Floor
9:00 a.m.
9:45 a.m.
The Gathas: A Beacon in the 21st Century, Fariborz Rahnamoon
Zoroastrians Following a Non-Traditional Career Path, Moderator: Samanaz Kapadia Panelists: Kuma Deboo and Neda Iranpour

A Story from Shahnameh, The Persian Book of Kings, Afshin Sepehri and Nusha Sepehri
9:45 a.m.
10:30 a.m.
Wisdom from the Ancients in the Age of the Moderns, Yuhan Vevaina
Global Community Connect.....The Internet Way, Yazdi Tantra
9:30-10:45 am: Making It Happen! Moderator: Kayleene Writer Panelists: Shehnaz Bhujwala, Zubin D. Mehta, Yazzad Rabadi, Mahfrin Santoke, Anahita Sidhwa
10:30 a.m.
10:45 a.m.
Break
10:45 a.m.

11:30 a.m.
Proud to be a Zarthushti…Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future, Malcolm Bhesania
Holistic Health
Moderator: Dr. Parmis Khatibi Panelists: Dr. Farhad M. Contractor, Dr. Nikan Khatibi, Dr. Ali Makki, Dr. Cyrus K. Mody, Dr. Parshan Namiranian, Dr. Freny Vaghaiwalla-Mody
Using Archaeology and Linguistics to Determine the Time and Location of the Prophet Zarathushtra, Pilsum Master
10:45-11:30 am: Zoroastrian Connection & Creativity (Working Session) Shirrin Kumaana-Wadia
11:30 a.m.

12:15 p.m.

Zarathushtra's Vision of Environmental Preservation and its Relevance Today: Earth, Water, Fire and Wind, Soroosh Sorooshian
Young Adults Session: Reflections: If I Only Knew..., Khush Italia
Recommended from Young Adults Track:
11:30- 12:15 pm: Young Adults Session: Reflections: If I Only Knew...
, Khush Italia
12:15 p.m.
1:45 p.m.
Lunch
1:45 p.m.


2:45 p.m.
FEZANA: The Way Forward… Nurturing Zoroastrianism in North America, Katayun Kapadia, FEZANA President
2:45 p.m. 3:15 p.m.

Retrospective of the Congress Proceedings, Navroz Gandhi
3:15 p.m.

3:30 p.m.

New Zealand Youth Congress 2015 Presentation, Malcolm Bhot
3:30 p.m.
3:45 p.m.

Return To Roots, Diana Vania and Arzan Sam Wadia
3:45 p.m.
4:30 p.m.

Closing Ceremony


Passing the Torch to the XVIII NAZC
7:30 p.m.


8:00 p.m.
Cocktail Reception (Cash Bar - Pacific Ballroom, Lobby Level)
8:00 p.m.
2:00 a.m.

New Year's Eve Gala: An Affair to Remember

ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS:

7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. – Reiki Group Healing Session 3: Opening the Doors to Creativity
Reiki Masters Pesi and Vera Shroff- Newport A, Second Floor

4:45 p.m. – Bequeathing Our Generations – Establishment of the First Consecrated Dar-e-Meher in the Western World
Kaemerz P. Dotiwala – Marina Room, Second Floor
For more information, click here.

Genetics of Metabolic Disease in Parsi Families (Research Study):
Hours of Operation TBD – Dr. Saroja Voruganti – Catalina B, Second Floor

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN:
Playroom & Child Care Center (for ages 0-4 years): Catalina C, Second Floor
Mini-Congress (for ages 5-12 years): Century A & B, Second Floor
Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

SPECIAL EVENT:

1:45 – 3:15 p.m. – Puppy Party & Ice Cream Social in the Game Room – Newport B, Second Floor


Teen Track at the Congress!

ShiRrin Kumana Wadia 02The XVII North American Zoroastrian Congress is pleased to present an exclusive track for our delegates aged 13 to 18 years. Over the course of three days, our teen delegates will engage in a series of workshops, discussions, and activities which will provide an opportunity for them to get to know their peers and meet other young and dynamic Zoroastrian role models.

The Teen Track will kick off with a workshop led by Shirrin Kumaana-Wadia, who has just been awarded the Outstanding Young Zarathushti Professional of the Year 2014 by the World Zoroastrian Chamber of Commerce. Entitled Zoroastrian Connection and Creativity, this workshop allows our teen delegates to interact with other Zoroastrians at the Congress using photography and social media. Delegates will engage with community members, young and old, to capture the spirit of our community.

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A second workshop entitled Good Thoughts, Good Words and Good Deeds, will expose the teens to individuals who have contributed in various ways to the Zoroastrian community. The workshop will be led by a group of panelists including Autusa Behroozi, co-founder of Raise 4 A Cause; Dinsha Mistree, co-founder of Zoroastrian Return to Roots and Agiary Connect; Afshin Sepehri, co-producer of the audio book, Stories of the Shahnameh; and Arzan Sam Wadia, founder of Parsi Khabar.  At the workshop, the delegates will brainstorm on how they can make a contribution to their community.

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In addition to the workshops, there will be two panel discussions that hone in on issues that affect teenagers today. In a panel discussion entitled Growing Up Zoro…!, our teen delegates will have the opportunity to interact with young adults who have grown up in North America, yet maintained a connection to their Zoroastrian roots. The speakers are Ervad Zerkxis Bhandara, Farhad Choksy, Shahyan Dalal, Deanyar Jahanian, Kaizeen Mody and Meher Pavri. All panel participants have distinguished themselves in their community through their active involvement and contributions. The panel of speakers will s hare their stories about building bonds within our community while navigating various cultures in middle school, high school and college.

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The second panel – Making It Happen! –  focuses on career choices and showcases successful young Zoroastrians who have pursued careers that involve doing what they love. An opportunity for a candid Q&A with panelists is presented after the session. The panel includes attorney Shehnaz Bhujwala, entrepreneur Zubin D. Mehta, filmmaker Yaz Rabadi, musician Mahfrin Santoke and systems engineer Anahita Sidhwa.

Additionally, as part of the program, our teen delegates will attend the opening and closing ceremonies of the Congress, sessions on the main Congress tracks that may be of interest to them, receive a private tour of the Shahnameh Exhibition, including a private reading of the Shahnameh by Afshin Sephari and his 10 year old daughter Nusha Sephari. Opportunities for social interaction are plentiful at the Congress and we are pleased to provide a Game Room to our teens as well, so that they may hang out with friends in a casual setting.

For many teenagers, this may be their first Congress experience.  We hope our young delegates will leave the Congress with a passion to learn more about our religion, a commitment to follow the righteous path of Zoroastrianism, and an enthusiasm to remain active and involved in our community.


Bring Your Gently Used Eyewear to the Congress!

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The XVII North American Zoroastrian Congress is pleased to have the opportunity to give back to our world.  Community members from our littlest ones in religious classes to our seniors in bridge clubs across North America are encouraged to collect gently used prescription eyeglasses and send them to the Congress.

Working with other like-minded local groups, like Lions In Sight of California and Nevada, the Congress’ organizers will ship the eyeglasses collected to developing countries where there is a need for them.

Approximately 161 million people in this world are visually disabled or blind and approximately 2 billion people need eyeglasses. Most people in developing countries cannot afford proper eye care. This limits their vision, their ability to work and their quality of life.

The mission of Lions In Sight is to promote the collection of used eyeglasses for the purpose of recycling and use in developing nations worldwide and to provide no cost primary eye care to the needy and low-income citizens in these countries. A coalition of Lions Clubs in the United States and abroad, collect, neutralize/measure and dispense the used eyeglasses.

Do your part to help us eradicate avoidable blindness in the world!  Find those old glasses and pack them now for your trip to LA!

For more information about Lions In Sight, please click here.