October 1, 2015
Clergy from the Eastern, Western, and Canadian Prelacies will gather in New Jersey next week for a clergy conference on the occasion of the Feast of the Holy Translators. The clergymen will come together for prayer, fellowship, lectures and meditations as well as consultation on a number of mutual concerns and areas of collaboration. The conference is under the presidency of His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan and is being hosted by Sts. Vartanantz Church in Ridgefield, New Jersey. In past years the clergy have gathered during the Ghevontianz Feast in February. This year it was decided to meet during the Feast of the Holy Translators. The joint gathering of the three prelacies takes place every few years

The week-long conference with the general theme of “Renewal of our Commitment to the Legacy of the Martyrs,” will begin Monday evening, October 5, with an evening prayer service at Sts. Vartanantz Church, 461 Bergen Boulevard, Ridgefield, New Jersey. All of the meetings will take place at the church.

The clergy will also visit various sites, including the Hovnanian School and Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in New Jersey, and the 9/11 Memorial, the United Nations, St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, and the Prelacy headquarters in New York.

On Wednesday evening, October 7, the faithful are invited to attend an Episcopal Divine Liturgy at 6 pm. His Grace Bishop Meghrig Parikian, Prelate of the Prelacy of Canada, will celebrate the Liturgy and deliver the Sermon. All of the clergy attending the conference will participate in the Liturgy.

Following the Liturgy a dinner will take place in the parish’s large hall. The Nayiri Dance Ensemble and the Arekag Chorus will perform during the dinner. The faithful are invited to attend the dinner with a donation of $20 per person. Reservations are required and should be made by Monday, October 5. Contact Sts. Vartanantz Church by email (sts.vartanantz@verizon.net) or phone (201-943-2950).

Archbishop Oshagan participated in a multi-religious gathering with Pope Francis during the pontiff’s visit to New York City. The ecumenical gathering, “A Witness to Peace,” took place last Friday at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center with representatives of World Religions. Prayers were said at the South Pool of the 9/11 Memorial prior to entering the Museum. Earlier in the day, the Pope addressed the United Nations General Assembly.
Archbishop Oshagan went to the United Nations on Tuesday at which time the President of Armenia, Serzh Sargsyan, addressed the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The President took the opportunity to thank various world leaders and governments for their efforts to commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide.

The President also spoke about the efforts to prevent genocide around the world. “Our determination to keep the prevention of the crime of genocide on the international agenda is testified by the Resolutions we periodically table at the Human Rights Council, and the latest one to that effect was adopted this year. Building further upon it, just a few days ago this Assembly passed a resolution establishing December 9 as the International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime.”

After his address, President Sarkissian met with representatives of the Armenian American organizations who were present at the invitation of Armenia’s Ambassador to the UN Zohrab Mnatsakanian.

Read the President’s address here.
President Sargsyan addressing the UN General Assembly.
President Sargsyan with representatives of the Armenian American community following the address.
Special edition of Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story was distributed to the guests.
Archbishop Oshagan attended a luncheon yesterday honoring President Serzh Sargsyan, hosted by the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation and the following members of Congress: Ed Royce (R-CA), chairman, House Foreign Affairs Committee; Mark Kirk (R-IL), Chairman, Banking Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade & Finance; Robert Dold (R-IL), Co-Chair, Congressional Armenian Caucus; and Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Vice Chair, Congressional Armenian Caucus.

During the luncheon the Wallenburg Foundation posthumously bestowed The Raoul Wallenberg Medal to Henry Morgenthau, Sr., to special guest, Robert M. Morgenthau, grandson of the senior Morgenthau who was U.S. ambassador to the Ottoman Empire. Morgenthau received numerous reports from American consuls in different parts of the empire about the massacres and deportation taking place. Morgenthau’s valiant attempts to use his influence to help the Armenians were ignored. Later he decided to begin a fundraising campaign to assist the survivors, the “Committee on Armenian Atrocities” (later named The Near East Relief), that raised more than $100 million (equivalent of one billion dollars today).

A special edition of the memoir, “Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story,” was published on this occasion and distributed to the attendees.
Archbishop Oshagan delivers his sermon during the Liturgy on September 20.
On Sunday, September 20, the community of St. Gregory the Illuminator Church in Philadelphia honored Archpriest Fr. Nerses Manoogian on the 25th anniversary of his service as pastor of St. Gregory.

On this occasion, His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, celebrated the Divine Liturgy and delivered the sermon, and presided over the banquet that followed in the church’s Founders Hall. With an overflow of well over 300 parishioners and friends, Der Nerses and Yeretzgin Nectar were showered with tributes, gifts, and loving appreciation. 

Der Nerses completed his studies in the Seminary of the Cilician See in 1967 and was ordained a deacon. He served for a number of years as a choir director and instructor in the Armenian language and religion. In 1981 he was invited to the Eastern Prelacy by the prelate, Archbishop Mesrob Ashjian of blessed memory. He served the Detroit community in various capacities including Armenian Studies Program Director at the ARS Day School of Dearborn; Principal of the five Saturday Schools in Detroit suburbs; and choir director of St. Sarkis Church, Dearborn.

On February 22, 1987, he was ordained to the priesthood at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral in New York City by Archbishop Ashjian and renamed Nerses. He served as pastor to St. Gregory Church of Granite City, Illinois. During his service in Granite City, Der Nerses earned his Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies from St. Louis University Graduate School in 1991.

Der Nerses assumed his duties at Philadelphia’s St. Gregory Church on June 14, 1991, where he initiated many new programs and services that revitalized the parish and continued the tradition of innovation and growth including the church’s building expansion that was completed in September 2010.

Der Hayr concluded his heartfelt remarks with a tribute to the Philadelphia community: “All I know is that day after day, I strived to give you my best with a deep conviction that even my best is not enough for the Lord and for a community such as this, which survived gallantly in Philly for almost a century, weathering all kinds of storms. My dear brothers and sisters, to your success story, let my 25 years of service be a modest paragraph.”

From Our Archives: The service of Ordination and Anointing of Der Nerses took place on Sunday, February 22, 1987, officiated by His Eminence Archbishop Mesrob Ashjian, of blessed memory, at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral in New York. Assisting at the altar are V. Rev. Fr. (now Bishop) Anoushavan Tanielian and Archpriest Fr. Moushegh Der Kaloustian, pastor of the Cathedral.
Archbishop Oshagan and Der Nerses with altar servers.
Archpriest Fr. Nerses and Yeretzgin Nectar cut the anniversary cake.
The Prelate and Der Hayr with the members of the 25th anniversary committee.
Der Hayr and Yeretzgin with their daughter Sally and Yeretzgin’s brother from California. 
Bible readings for Sunday, October 4, Fourth Sunday of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross are, Isaiah 17:7-14; 2 Corinthians 13:5-13; Mark 11:27-33.

This is the third time I am coming to you. “Any charge must be sustained by the evidence of two or three witnesses.” I warned those who sinned previously and all the others, and I warn them now while absent, as I did when present on my second visit, that if I come again, I will not be lenient—since you desire proof that Christ is speaking in m e. He is not weak in dealing with you, but is powerful in you. For he was crucified in weakness, but lives by the power of God. For we are weak in him, but in dealing with you we will live with him by the power of God.

Examine yourselves to see whether you are living in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless, indeed, you fail to meet the test! I hope you will find out that we have failed. But we pray to God that you may not do anything wrong—not that we may appear to have met the test, but that you may do what is right, though we may seem to have failed. For we cannot do anything against the truth, but only for the truth. For we rejoice when we are weak and you are strong. This is what we pray for, that you may become perfect. So I write these things while I am away from you, so that when I come, I may not have to be severe in using the authority that the Lord has given me for building up and not for tearing down.

Finally, brothers and sisters, farewell. Put things in order, listen to my appeal, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the saints greet you.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you. (2 Corinthians 13:5-13)

For a listing of the coming week’s Bible readings click here.
This Saturday, October 3, the Armenian Church commemorates the 72 Holy Disciples of Christ. The reference comes from the Gospel of Luke (Chapter 10, Verse 1): “After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go.” (Note: Some sources say 72 disciples; others say 70). These disciples remained true to the Lord and their calling, and spread the Lord’s message. They were not random choices, but rather true disciples whose labors carried the message of the Lord throughout the Roman Empire and beyond. All of the saints are remembered individually in the liturgical calendar of the church, but this day is set aside to remember them collectively.

 Manhattanville College will host a conference, organized by the College of Arts and Sciences and the Philosophy Department, dedicated to Armenia, on October 30 and 31. The public is invited to attend.

The conference will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and celebrate Armenian culture. The students and faculty of Manhattanville College will be joined by prominent guests including Antonia Arslan, Henry Theriault, representatives of Artsakh, His Grace Bishop Anoushavan Tanlielian, and the Antranig Dance Ensemble.

The Conference will begin on Friday, October 30 at 5:00 p.m. in the West Room of Reid Castle at Manhattanville College’s Purchase Campus. After introductions by Lisa Dolling, the Provost of the College, Lisa Boehm, the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and lectures by Artak Grigoryan from Nagorno-Karabakh and Paul Kucharski from Manhattanville College’s Philosophy Department, students have organized a candlelight vigil in honor of the Armenian Martyrs of 1915. There will be a reception following the vigil. 

On Saturday October 31, the conference will recommence at 11:00 a.m. and will include lectures by Antonia Arslan, the award winning author of the international best-selling novel The Skylark Farm (La Masseria delle Allodole); Shant Mardirossian, chairman of the Near East Foundation; Siobhan Nash-Marshall, the Mary T. Clark Chair of Christian Philosophy and Chair of the Philosophy Department; and the conference’s keynote speaker, Henry Theriault, professor in and chair of the Philosophy Department at Worcester State College; and Manhattanville College students. 

The conference will include a silent auction whose proceeds will fund Manhattanville College’s internship program in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh. The internship program will be illustrated by Molly O’Lena, the philosophy major who inaugurated it in the summer of 2015 teaching English to hundreds of Armenian children of Diramayr Hayastani Ketron in Tashir. 
The Armenian National Education Committee (ANEC) has developed and published a set of four language guides under the general title of “Let’s Chat / Զրուցենք.” These colorful guides contain words, phrases, and short dialogues which are particularly geared to beginners in the Armenian language. They are divided into thirteen sections, including “Meet and Greet,” “Numbers,” “Days of the Week,” and “Everyday Questions and Answers,” among others.

The text has been prepared in three parallel columns: English, Armenian (in Armenian characters) and Armenian (transliterated). The set may be used in classrooms teaching Armenian as a Second Language, and also in other contexts. It may also be used to prepare various didactic games for different classes. 

The set is currently being distributed to the schools under the jurisdiction of ANEC. 
Students and staff members of Nareg Armenian School at Sts. Vartanantz Church in New Jersey received Communion at the beginning of the 2015-16 school term. They are seen here with Rev. Fr. Hovnan Bozoian, pastor.
His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, traveled to Switzerland to preside over the activities commemorating “100 years of solidarity between Armenians and the people of Switzerland,” which was organized by the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches and Armenofas Swiss-Armenian Foundation.

In an interview with journalists, His Holiness explained the purpose of his visit and answered questions related to the recognition of the Armenian Genocide, the current situation in the Middle East, the role of churches in responding to current world problems, and issues related to ecumenical and interfaith relations.

The Catholicos emphasized the close relationship between the Armenian and Swiss people from 1894 onward, as well as the relationship between Switzerland and the Republic of Armenia. He spoke of the positive role played by the Swiss people and leaders, stating that these actions were guided by humanitarian and ethical concerns based on human rights and justice.

Prepared by the Armenian National Education Committee (ANEC)
Birth of Arshag Fetvadjian (October 1, 1866)
Arshag Fetvadjian was one of the most versatile Armenian artists in modern times. Besides paintings, frescoes, and graphic works, he made designs for theatrical performances, dance halls, paper money, and stamps. He also worked on architectural projects and redecorated churches. He also wrote articles on issues of Armenian architecture, European painting, theater, and culture in general.

Fetvadjian was born on October 1, 1866, in the port of Trebizond. He completed his studies at the local Armenian school, and then he entered the newly opened Imperial School of Fine Arts in Constantinople (1882). He was one of its first graduates in 1887. From 1887 to 1891 he studied at the San Luca Accademia of Rome with the famous Italian painter, Cesare Maccari. In his last year of study, he participated in the national exhibition of Italian painters at the Palazzo d’Arte of Rome.

He moved to Vienna in 1891, where he worked as an independent artist for four years. In 1895 he moved to St. Petersburg, where he became a member of the Society of Russian Watercolor Painters. He was gradually accepted as the premier Armenian painter in watercolor. He participated in collective exhibitions in Russia, as well as in individual exhibitions in the Caucasus (Batum, Tilis, Pyatigors, and Baku) between 1899 and 1902.

Between 1900 and 1920, Fetvadjian traveled annually to Eastern Armenia and painted pictures of churches and castles, fortress walls and civic buildings, as well as portraits of Armenian women in traditional costume. The results of his hard work were 30 large-scale watercolors, depicting Ani and its surrounding monuments, and 1500 pencil drawings of decorations of churches and khachkars. This documentation was very important, as little had been photographed at the time, and many of those monuments do not exist anymore. The same happened with many samples of national costumes worn by Armenian women.

Fetvadjian returned to Vienna in 1906 and published 15 color postcards with pictures of Ani and 10 postcards of his most celebrated oil paintings. He showed his pictures of Ani for the first time in his individual exhibition of 1908 in Tiflis. He was commissioned to decorate the Kamoyants Surp Kevork church of Tiflis, which had been restored from 1900-1908 (it would be destroyed by the Soviet Georgian government in the 1930s), and several other churches.

He made his final visit to Ani in 1917, accompanying Russian scholar Nikolai Marr and a group of Armenian scholars. In 1918 he was in Etchmiadzin painting Armenian refugee women.

The government of the Republic of Armenia commissioned Fetvadjian to design the stamps and the banknotes of the new country. His designs used national symbols, like Ararat, a village woman, etcetera. In 1919 he was authorized to print the stamps in France and the banknotes in Great Britain. However, they reached the country in November 1920, when the Soviet regime was about to be established, and were never put into circulation.

In 1920-1921 Fetvadjian offered exhibitions of his works in Paris and London, which earned the appreciation of the French and British press. In 1922 he settled in the United States, hoping to obtain financial help to publish his works. He gave exhibitions at Columbia University, Chicago University, and Princeton University. An ad-hoc committee was formed to raise funds, however, was dissolved after a year, due to the indifference and cold treatment by the Armenian community.

Manuel Der Manuelian, a consul of the Republic of Armenia in the United States, who lived in Boston, helped Fetvadjian move to Boston, where he lived modestly for the rest of his life. He continued his participation in various exhibitions in Boston and New York. He was commissioned to carve a table and altar for St. Illuminator’s Cathedral of New York, along with an altar painting representing the Virgin and the Child that has remained there until this day.

In 1947 Fetvadjian was invited by the government of Soviet Armenia to return to Armenia. However, amid preparations, the artist passed away in Medford, Massachusetts, on October 7, 1947. His ashes, together with his paintings and archives, were taken to the homeland, where his ashes were buried in Yerevan. His paintings are displayed in the permanent exhibition of the National Gallery of Armenia, and other paintings are in various European and American museums and private collections.

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Of Masks and Mascara
Women know well the meaning of the English word mascara, which ultimately shares the same origin with mask. Admittedly, the immediate origin of mascara is Italian mascara, while mask comes from French masque. However, the French word has an Italian origin at its turn (maschera, mascara), which was borrowed from Latin masca (“witch, specter”). Somewhere in the middle, we must also count the influence of the Arabic word masxara “buffoon.”

This Arabic word has also been the source for maskhara (մասխարա), a word that some people use in colloquial Armenian, which means exactly “buffoon.” It has even originated an Arabic-Armenian hybrid: maskharayootioon /մասխարայութիւն (“buffoonery”).

Of course, these two words are not “proper” Armenian. The actual Armenian word for “buffoon” is dzaghradzoo (ծաղրածու). This is a compound word formed by dzaghr (ծաղր), the root of the verb “to mock” (dzaghrel / ծաղրել), and adzoo (ած), “the one who brings something.” Therefore, a dzaghradzoo is “the one who brings mockery.”

Here we close the circle: the word dzaghr ultimately comes from a Semitic language, probably Aramaic, where dzaghra meant “to mock.” This is the same with Arabic saxira “to mock,” which combined with the prefix ma, becomes the noun masxara.

In the end, as we see, Armenian and English share a similar, faraway origin for these words.

However, for those who are getting ready to use masks on Halloween, it is interesting to mention that the Armenian word timag (դիմակ “mask”) falls out of that circle. It was pronounced dimak (դիմակ), in Classical Armenian (derived from Iranian demak “effigy, form”) and originally meant “effigy, image, false face.” However, we only use it in Modern Armenian with the meaning of “mask.” Of course, if you go to a “masquerade ball,” that would mean that you are going to a timagahantes (դիմակահանդէս).

Previous entries in “The Armenian Language Corner” are on the Prelacy’s web site (www.armenianprelacy.org)
The Anthropology/Armenian Museum at Queens College, New York, has installed its traveling exhibit, “William Saroyan Remembered” at the Armenian Home for the Aged in Flushing, New York, where it will remain until October 21. For visiting hours: 718-461-1504.

The Museum’s traveling exhibit, “1915 Armenian Genocide” will be installed at St. Sarkis Church in Douglaston, New York, on October 21. For visiting hours: 718-224-2275.
(Pastor of St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York)

This week’s podcast features:
• Soghomon Tehlirian & Talat
Interview with Harout Barsoumian and Karnig Nercesian

Last week’s podcast features:
• Sacred Justice: Interview with author Marian Mesrobian MacCurdy.

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SIAMANTO ACADEMY—Meets every second Saturday of the month beginning September 12 at the Hovnanian School, 817 River Road, New Milford, New Jersey. For information: anec@armenianprelacy.org or 212-689-7810.

October 1—Discover Armenia Series, West Hartford (Connecticut) Public Library, 20 South Main Street, Main Library Meeting Room A, 6:30 to 8:30 pm; Rug Making and Jewelry Design.

October 3—Third Annual Dinner Dance Gala hosted by the PTA of St. Sarkis’s Suzanne & Hovsep Hagopian Armenian Saturday School at the Douglaston Manor, 63-20 Commonwealth Boulevard, Douglaston, New York. Cocktails 7 pm; dinner 8 pm. Proceeds will fund many projects of the school and enhance technology. Enjoy great music and dancing, delicious food, fantastic raffle prizes, and the opportunity to support the school. For reservations: stsarkisgalarsvp@gmail.com.

October 5-9—Clergy Retreat, gathering of clergy from Eastern, Western, and Canadian Prelacies, hosted by Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, New Jersey.

October 6—“There is Only the Earth: Images from the Armenian Diaspora Project,” Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutherford Room, Student Union Building, Metropolitan Campus, 1000 River Road, Teaneck, New Jersey, at 6 pm, featuring Armenian American Photojournalist and Author, Scout Tufankjian. Presented by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Office of Global Learning, in collaboration with Giovatto Library, the Near East Foundation, the Genocide Education Project, and the Armenian National Committee of New Jersey.

October 10—Discover Armenia Series, West Hartford (Connecticut) Public Library, 20 South Main Street, Main Library Meeting Room A, 2 to 4 pm; Music lecture and recital.

October 14—Discover Armenia Series, West Hartford (Connecticut) Public Library, 20 South Main Street, Main Library Meeting Room A, 7 to 8:30 pm; Author/Photographer Matthew Karanian.

October 15—Discover Armenia Series, West Hartford (Connecticut) Public Library, 20 South Main Street, Main Library Meeting Room A, 6 to 8:30 pm; Film screening of Ararat.

October 15—Lecture (“Homeland and Genocide”) by Prof. Siobhan Nash-Marshall, Professor of Philosophy and the Mary T. Clark chair of Christian Philosophy at Manhattanville College, at the Armenian Prelacy, 138 East 39th Street, New York City.

October 17—St. Gregory Church of Merrimack Valley Annual Fall Fair, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Jaffarian Hall, 158 Main Street, North Andover, Massachusetts. Shish, losh & chicken kebab dinners, lentil kheyma, regular keyma, vegetarian plates; pastries, games, raffles. For information: 978-685-5038 or Ann Apovian 978-521-2245 or Sossy Jeknavorian 978-256-2538.

October 17—Dinner/Reception at 6 pm, honoring the New York-New Jersey area Pillars of the Prelacy, Vahakn and Hasmig Hovnanian Hall, 138 East 39th Street, New York City.

October 18—Presentation of the Album “Retrospective” by well-known Canadian photographer Kaloust Babian, at Pashalian Hall, St. Illuminator Cathedral, 221 East 27th Street, New York City, at 1 pm. Organized by St. Illuminator’s Cathedral and Hamazkayin of New York.

October 22—Discover Armenia Series, West Hartford (Connecticut) Public Library, 20 South Main Street, Main Library Meeting Room A, 7 to 8:30 pm; Gold and Glory: Manuscript Illuminations in Medieval Armenia.

October 24—Concert dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide featuring singers Nune Yesayan and Sibil, with participation of the Hamazkayin NJ Nayiri Dance Ensemble and Arekag Chorus, 7:30 pm at BergenPac, 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood, New Jersey. Tickets: $85, $65. $45. For information: Ani Mouradian 973-224-2741.

October 25—Breakfast in the church hall ($10) after the Liturgy, St. Stephen’s Church, New Britain, Connecticut, sponsored by the Ladies Guild.

October 25—Discover Armenia Series, West Hartford (Connecticut) Public Library, 20 South Main Street, Main Library Meeting Room A, 2 to 4 pm; Traditional Cooking for the Modern Kitchen.

October 28—Near East Foundation’s Centennial Gala Celebration, 6:30 pm, Cipriani, 25 Broadway, New York. Save the date.

October 31—100th anniversary of Hudson County (NJ) Shakeh Chapter of Armenian Relief Society, under auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan, Chart House Restaurant, 1700 Harbor Boulevard, Weehawken, New Jersey at 7:30 pm. Sponsored by Dr. Kourkin and Talene Tchorbajian. Featuring Elie Berberian from Canada. Donation $100. For reservations: Knar Kiledjian (201)943-4056; Silva Takvorian (201)779-6744; Marina Yacoubian (201)978-8926.

November 1—Arminstring Ensemble, St. Illuminator Cathedral’s John Pashalian Hall.

November 6 & 7—59th Annual Bazaar, St. Stephen Church, Watertown, Massachusetts, 10 am to 9:30 pm at Armenian Cultural & Educational Center, 47 Nichols Avenue, Watertown, Massachusetts. Meals served from 11:30 am to 8:30 pm (take-out available). Delicious meals, Armenian pastries, Gourmet, Gift Shoppe, Raffles, Attic Treasures. Live auction Friday and Saturday at 7 pm. For information: 617-924-7562.

November 6, 7 & 8—Annual Bazaar and Food Festival of Sts. Vartanantz Church, 461 Bergen Boulevard, Ridgefield, New Jersey. Live entertainment Friday and Saturday; Children’s activities; vendors; homemade Manti, Kufte, Sou Buereg, Choreg, and more. Traditional Khavourma dinner on Sunday. Extensive Mezze and desert menu for your Thanksgiving table available for take-out.

November 8—ARS Mayr Chapter of New York, Benefit Luncheon for the rebuilding of the ARS "Soseh" Kindergarten in Stepanakert, 1p.m. at Almayass Restaurant, 24 E. 21st Street, New York, NY.  Donation (includes full lunch, wine, and soft drinks): $75 (adults); $20 children under 12. For reservations: Anais at 718-392-6982 or Anahid at 917-751-4916.

November 12—An evening with Project SAVE Armenian Photograph Archives, Inc., Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library (previously National Heritage Museum), 33 Marrett Road, Lexington, Massachusetts, celebrating 40 years and beyond. Reservations and information: www.ProjectSAVE.org or (617) 923-4542.

November 14—Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair, 10 am to 4 pm, at Jaffarian Hall, St. Gregory Church, 158 Main Street, North Andover, Massachusetts. Handcrafted items by local crafters & artisans. Light lunch served. For information: Dorothy 978-686-7769 or Rose 978-256-0594.

November 15—“Remembering the Past, Embracing the Future, 1925-2015,” St. Stephen’s Church, New Britain, Connecticut, 90th Anniversary celebration. His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan, Prelate, will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and preside over the banquet at Farmington Club, 162 Town Farm Road, Farmington, Connecticut. Details to follow.

November 14 & 15—Armenian Fest, hosted by Sts. Vartanantz Church, Providence, Rhode Island, at Rhodes-On-The-Pawtuxet (1 Rhodes Place, off Broad Street) in Cranston. The largest indoor festival, serving delicious shish and losh kebob, chicken and kufta dinners and Armenian pastries. Live dance music. Armenian dance group performance on Saturday and Sunday at 5 pm. 50/50 main raffle prizes, hourly raffles, silent auction, country store, gift baskets, flea-market, arts and crafts. For more information: www.armenianfestri.com/food.html.

November 22—Presentation of Goodbye, Antoura: A Memoir of the Armenian Genocide by Karnig Panian, organized by Prelacy will take place at St Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York. The book will be presented by Dr. Herand Markarian; Mrs. Houry Boyamian, daughter of the author, will provide insight about her father’s memoir that was just recently translated into English. For information: 212-689-7810.

November 29—ARS Havadk Chapter’s annual Holiday Dinner, at St. Stephen’s Church Hall, 167 Tremont Street, New Britain, Connecticut, following church services. Ham with all the trimmings. $13 adult; $8 children under 16.

December 5—Soorp Asdvadzadzin Church Annual Bazaar in Whitinsville will be held at the Pleasant Street Christian Reform Church Hall, 25 Cross Street, Whitinsville, Massachusetts, 10:00-4:30, dinners served at 11:30.

December 20—“Soup, Sandwiches, and Bingo,” St. Stephen’s Church Hall, New Britain, Connecticut, following church services, sponsored by Ladies Guild.
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