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.


Discount Airfares to the Congress!

sunset-plane-landingThe Congress has partnered with United Airlines and BB Travel Experts to bring you discounts for air travel and rental car expenses.

For Air Travel Within the United States and From Canada: 

To avail yourself of discounts of up to 10% (depending on class of travel selected), please book your travel to LA through United Airlines’ website:  www.united.com.  Enter ZTC3643272 in the Offer Code Box while booking online.  This offer is valid for travel between December 25, 2014 and January 5, 2015.  The code is valid for travel in all 50 states of the United States and in Canada.

  While you can use this code to reserve your airfare through a travel agent, service charges may apply to such a transaction.  Such charges will not apply if you book your travel online  through united.com.

For International Travel to the Congress:

  For international travel to the Congress, please contact Bomi Patel of BB Travel Experts for “at cost” worldwide ticketing!

For Car Rental Services:

  If you need to rent a car during your stay in Los Angeles, contact Bomi to avail yourself of the best rates!  

Bomi can be reached via e-mail at bbtes9@gmail.com or by calling 408-264-4395.

Don’t forget to make all bookings soon!  And register now for the Congress, before our final September 20, 2014 Early Bird Deadline!

Early Bird Discounts Extended to September 20

Party OnTo celebrate the success of our registration drive and response to popular demand, the discounted prices for Early Bird Registration are now available until September 20, 2014!

Don’t miss out!  

Register now and save before the Early Bird flies off forever!

Sorooshian to bring Discussion on Green Economy to the Congress

PIC 2 - Soroosh Sorooshian headshotWhat world will our children inherit?  What impact could Zoroastrian philosophy have on the Green Economy?  Dr. Soroosh Sorooshian will explore these and other questions in a session entitled Zoroaster’s Vision of Environmental Preservation and its Relevance Today: Earth, Water, Fire and Wind.

An internationally known hydrometeorologist, Dr. Soroosh Sorooshian is a Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth System Science Departments and Director of the Center for Hydrometeorology & Remote Sensing (CHRS) at University of California, Irvine. His area of expertise includes the interface of the global hydrologic cycle and the climate system. He has supervised over 50 PhD students who hold prominent positions in academia, government and private sector, both in the U.S. and abroad.  He is a member of the prestigious U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE); the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA); and the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS).

Among his other honors, Dr. Sorooshian was recently called to the 2014 Einstein Professorship by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).  He is the recipient of: the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) Robert E. Horton Medal in 2013, the 2010 4th Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water Resources Management & Protection; the 2005 NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal; the 2012 Eagleson lectureship, Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science (CUAHSI).  He is the Honorary Professor at Beijing Normal University, China 2010; the Walter Orr Roberts Lecturer at the American Meteorological Society (AMS), 2009; the recipient of AMS Robert E. Horton Memorial Lectureship, 2006; and the William Nordberg Memorial Lecture at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in 2004.

He has served on numerous advisory committees, including those of NASA, NOAA, DOE, USDA, NSF, EPA, and UNESCO and has testified to both U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate Committees on issues related to water, climate and satellite programs.

Don’t miss your chance to hear this presentation!  Register now, while Early Bird Discounts are still in effect!

Ten Reasons to Register for NAZC 2014

top10The XVII North American Zoroastrian Congress will be held in Los Angeles from December 29-31, 2014.  Early Bird Registration rates for the Congress are now in effect.  

Need a reason to register today? 

How about ten?!

1. An amazing program with topics such as: Inter-generational Dialogue, Navigating Zoroastrian Parenthood, Zoroastrian History and Religion.

2. Sessions beyond religion covering: health, finance, social media, entrepreneurship, and ecology.

3. International Speakers with a panoply of perspectives.

4. Programming created specifically for young adults, teens and younger children so the Congress is enjoyable for the whole family.

5. Special rates for youth and children so that the Congress is affordable for families.

6. An entire week of activities around LA at a nominal additional cost: LA Tours, A Day at the Getty, Santa Barbara Wine Tasting Tours, Disney, Universal and more!

7. An entire pre-Congress weekend for young adults (ages 18-40).

8. Discounted hotel rates for an extended stay in LA from December 26, 2014 – January 3, 2015.

9. The New Year’s Eve Gala:  the best way to ring in 2015!

10. Your chance to make new friends and reconnect with old ones from all over the world.

Register Now!



Registration to Open on June 3, 2014

registerThe Organizing Committee of the XVII North American Zoroastrian Congress is pleased to announce that online registration for the Congress will open on June 3, 2014.

To make the Congress accessible to families, we will offer special rates for children and youth, for whom we have created several special programs.

To make your stay in LA enjoyable, we will also offer several sightseeing and social events on the days surrounding the Congress, including an entire Pre-Congress Youth Event, as add-on items you can register for at the same time you register for the Congress.  The cost of participating in these events will be added to your registration price.

Finally, as you add-on events, don’t forget to add on the New Year’s Eve Gala to your registration.  This will be a night to remember!

Details and pricing will be available on our Registrations page soon!

NAZC 2014 Venue Announced: The Hilton Los Angeles

Screen Shot 2014-05-23 at 9.29.30 AMWe are pleased to inform delegates that the XVII North American Zoroastrian Congress will be held at the Hilton Los Angeles from December 29 – 31, 2014.

The recently renovated Hilton offers a state of the art facility for the Congress and very comfortable accommodations for our guests.  The Organizing Committee has negotiated discounted rates for Congress attendees from December 26, 2014 to January 3, 2015.

More information is available on our Venue page.

Our Theme: Faith and Unity

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The theme of the XVII North American Zoroastrian Congress is Faith and Unity.

Los Angeles is home to three FEZANA associations:  the Zoroastrian Association of California, the California Zoroastrian Center, and the Traditional Mazdayasni Zarathushti Anjuman.  And near by is the very active San Diego Zoroastrian Community, a FEZANA Corresponding Member.

While the Congress is hosted by the Zoroastrian Association of California, in coordination with the California Zoroastrian Center, volunteers from all four FEZANA members have played an active role in organizing this Congress.  In addition, FEZANA associations across North America have stepped up to support the Congress.

The result is a very well-balanced, engaging program born out of a united commitment to our community and our Congress.

Join us in December to see the power of Faith and Unity first hand!