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Ervad Dr. Jehan Bagli Bestowed with FEZANA Lifetime Achievement Award

FEZANA’s highest award is The Lifetime Achievement Award which recognizes a highly-respected North American Zarathushti, who through his/her personal achievements and meritorious service has brought recognition to the Zarathushti community worldwide. On the occasion of the 30th Anniversary Celebration, FEZANA is honored to announce that Ervad Dr. Jehan Bagli has been awarded this Lifetime Achievement Award.

The award is given to Ervad Dr. Jehan Bagli, a highly respected North American Zarathusti  and a scientific scholar, who through his professional excellence, personal achievements and meritorious community service has brought recognition to the Zarathushti community in North America and the world over. The award will be presented to Ervad Dr. Jehan Bagli at the FEZANA 30th Anniversary and ZAH Legacy Scholarship 10th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, April 29, 2017 in Houston, Texas.  The Gala will take place as part of the FEZANA Annual General Meeting 2017 weekend.

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About Ervad Dr. Jehan Bagli

Ervad Dr. Jehan Bagli obtained a Doctorate in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of London, and was the director of research at the Wyeth-Ayerst Research Laboratories in Princeton, NJ until his retirement. He has had over 60 publications and 49 US patents. He became an ordained Zoroastrian priest at age 14, and established the first Zoroastrian publication in North America “Gavashni” in 1974. He was editor of the FEZANA journal for two years.  Dr. Bagli is an accomplished Zoroastrian scholar and researcher.  He was the founding President of the Zoroastrian Association of Quebec (ZAQ) in 1968.  He has been the Chair of the FEZANA Research and Preservation committee since 2000.  Since 2001, Dr. Bagli has been the Chair of the ZSO lecture committee and represents ZSO at the Ontario Multifaith Council.

He has authored and co-authored several books on religious practices.  Invited to speak at North American Zoroastrian congresses and overseas at numerous symposia on religion on a variety of topics- Duality, Rituals, Priesthood, Jashan, Navjote, Fire, Universality, and Judaism as they relate to the Zarathushti Religion.  He has worked on unification of the Zarathushti Calendar.  He used to volunteer at the hospital to help with the needs and comfort of patients in emergency.  In 2015, he represented  FEZANA at the Parliament of World Religions.  He was a panelist for three discussions, Relationship with the divine as manifested by various Faiths, Stewardship of the Environment and The Interfaith Model – does it need tweaking?

In 2017, Ervad Dr. Jehan Bagli will be retiring from FEZANA at age 90.  FEZANA would like to honour and celebrate his life, achievements, contributions and devotion to the Zoroastrian faith.

Zoroastrian Association of California Atash Kadeh Opens in Orange

Six years after the Zoroastrian Association of Califonia Center was opened, the dream of having a prayer hall was finally turned into reality. A unique building in many ways was completed and a long-awaited celebration was about to begin. At 9:00 am on a beautiful sunny morning on Sunday, November 13, 2016, Roj Mahrespand, Mah… Continue Reading

OZCF Atashkadeh In Canada Comes One Step Closer To Reality

OZCF GALA RAISES A STUNNING $2.24 MILLION FOR ATASHKADEH Oakville, ONTARIO, July, 2016 – It was an evening of absolute magic as over $2,240,000 was raised at the Ontario Zoroastrian Community Foundation’s (OZCF) “Magic and Sparkles” fundraising gala to build a consecrated Atashkadeh/Agiary in North America. During a night that truly sparkled with glamour and… Continue Reading

Chaiye Hame Zarthoshti: English Version by ZAOM Kids

At the 29th Annual General Meeting of FEZANA, the hosts Zoroastrian Association of Michigan hosted a Gala Event. The performance by the kids of ZAOM was part of the entertainment segment. A completely new English version of Chaiye Hame Zarthoshti, the classic Zoroastrian song. If you would like to know more about the origins of… Continue Reading

ZAOM Welcomes FEZANA 2016 AGM Delegates

From Friday 29th April to Sunday May 1st, Novi Michigan will become a hub of Zarathushti activity as the 2016 Annual General Meeting of FEZANA is held in Novi, Michigan. Hosted by the wonderful folks of the FEZANA Member Association ZAOM Zoroastrian Association of Michigan, the AGM will be attended by over 100 officials of… Continue Reading

Inauguration of the Arbab Rustam Guiv Dar-E-Mehr in New York

North America’s oldest Dar-E-Mehr has a new home. The Arbab Rustam Guiv Dar-E-Mehr was first established in 1977. On March 26, 2016 the brand new building of the Dar-E-Mehr was unveiled in Pomona, NY. This Dar-E-Mehr is home to two of FEZANA’s member associations, the Zoroastrian Association of Greater New York (ZAGNY) and the Iranian… Continue Reading

FEZANA to Host 7th World Zoroastrian Youth Congress in 2019

FEZANA wishes a Happy NewYear 2016 to all Zarathustis globally in North America and around the world. 35 young adults sponsored by FEZANA participated in the 6th World Zoroastrian Youth Congress 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand December 28, 2015 to January 2, 2016. Look out for write-ups from the participants in the upcoming issues of… Continue Reading

Laudato Si! Insight of Spenta Armaity

The Encyclical of Pope Francis Laudato Si , subtitled On care of our common home resonates with the values of Prophet Zarathushtra, of caring for the environment. Dr Neville Gustad Panthaki has written a special paper ‘Spenta Armaity’ for the Parliament of World’s Religions, Salt Lake City 2015, outlining the Zoroastrian philosophy for preservation of… Continue Reading

FEZANA represents a diverse and growing Zarathushti community in North America.

Guided by the blessings of AHURA MAZDA and the teachings of our Prophet Zarathushtra; the association was founded in 1987 It serves as the coordinating body for 27 Zoroastrian Associations in the United States and Canada.

The activities of FEZANA are conducted in a spirit of mutual respect, co-operation and unity amongst all Member associations, and with due regard for the principles of GOODNESS, TRUTH, REASON, BENEVOLENCE, IMPLICIT TRUST and CHARITY towards all Mankind.

:+: Baname Khoda Kshnothro Ahura Mazda