Schedule


For the Record…

The XVII North American Zoroastrian Congress was held in Los Angeles in December 2014.  The Congress presented it’s approximately 800 delegates with a wide variety of sessions aimed at starting a conversation among Zoroastrians in North America about the issues that matter to them.

With the consent of our speakers, we are pleased to share with you videos of many sessions presented during this tremendous three day celebration of Zoroastrian religion, culture and history.

Video Recordings: Day 1



Khushali-nu Jashan


Coming Soon!
Opening Ceremony


Keynote Welcome
Nadir Godrej


Keynote Address:
Follow Your Dreams and Passions

Parisa Khosravi


Coming Soon!
Generational Perspectives on Issues of the Day
Moderator: Farzin Avari
Panelists: Autusa Behroozi, Homi Gandhi, Poruz Khambatta, Jamshed Rivetna, and Nazneen Shroff


Venture Philanthropy: An Investment Approach for Public Benefit
Fariborz Maseeh


Zoroastrianism and the Next Generation
Zane Dalal


Across the Arabian Sea. . . .
But for the Faith and Unity

Mobed Parvez M. Bajan


Shahnameh: Myth or Fact?
Shahin Nezhad


The UNESCO-PARZOR Project
Dinsha Mistree


The State of the Online Zarathushti
Arzan Sam Wadia


Teaching Zoroastrianism Workshop: Teaching the 21st Century Learner - New Curricula, New Techniques
Daraius Bharucha


Zoroastrianism 101: At Least 20 Basic Things We SHOULD Know, But May Not...
Mobed Fariborz Shahzadi


Coming Soon!
An Evening in Persia
(Entertainment Program featuring Women of Persia and In Concert with Mima Goodarz)

Video Recordings: Day 2



Coming Soon!
The World Zoroastrian Organization: My Journey with Them
Darayus S. Motivala


History of Zoroastrians through Political Analysis and Historical Letters
Daryoush Jahanian


Zarathushtis: Days of Future Past
Ardeshir Behi and Rastin Mehri


Coming Soon!
Khorshed Jungalwala Memorial Lecture
Living the Good Religion among Others: Cosmopolitan Zoroastrian Thought from the Middle Ages to Modernity
Daniel Sheffield


Coming Soon!
Yin and Yang of Zoroastrian Thought
Moderator: Khushroo Lakdawala
Panelists: Ardeshir Anoshiravani, Behram Deboo, Kaemerz Dotiwala, Farhad Sidhwa


Navigating Zoroastrian Parenthood - Raising Children in North America
Moderator: Trity Pourbahrami
Panelists: Natalie Gandhi, Fereshteh Mazdyasni and Shahram Sohrab


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


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


Interfaith: Our Presence on the World Stage
Mobedyar Maneck Bhujwala


Significance of the Jashan Ceremony
Mobed Zarrir Bhandara


Healthy Vegetarian Living
Armaiti May


Coming Soon!
Young Adults Session:
Break Ya Ice!

Khush Italia


World Zoroastrian Symphony Orchestra
Adil Mehta


Coming Soon!
Majah Masti, Maxiumum Mischief!
Various Artists

Video Recordings: Day 3



The Gathas: A Beacon in the 21st Century
Fariborz Rahnamoon


Wisdom from the Ancients in the Age of the Moderns
Yuhan Vevaina


Zarathushtra's Vision of Environmental Preservation and its Relevance Today: Earth, Water, Fire and Wind
Soroosh Sorooshian


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


Global Community Connect.....The Internet Way
Yazdi Tantra


Using Archaeology and Linguistics to Determine the Time and Location of the Prophet Zarathushtra
Pilsum Master


Coming Soon!
Young Adults Session: Reflections: If I Only Knew...
Khush Italia


FEZANA: The Way Forward… Nurturing Zoroastrianism in North America
Katayun Kapadia, FEZANA President


Retrospective of the Congress Proceedings Navroz Gandhi


New Zealand Youth Congress 2015 Presentation Malcolm Bhot


Return To Roots
Diana Vania and Arzan Sam Wadia


Closing Ceremony & Passing the Torch to the XVIII NAZC

New Year’s Eve Spectacular

A Hollywood Style Light & Sound Show


An Affair to Remember

 

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NAUZAD

KHUSHI

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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