July 17, 2014
The motto “I Remember and Demand” and the logo, the Forget-Me-Not flower, have been selected to be used worldwide for the Centennial Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. The design was selected by the State Commission coordinating the events dedicated to the 100th anniversary from dozens of submissions.
The Forget-Me-Not flower has the same meaning in all languages—not to forget, and it is recognized universally as a symbol of remembrance. The center of the flower in the logo symbolizes the 12 leaning pillars of the Tzitzernagapert Genocide Memorial in Armenia. The black dot symbolizes the genocide. The color purple represents the past, the tragedy, the present and the future. The five petals of the flower are the five continents on which the Armenians settled, creating Armenian communities and forming the Armenian Diaspora.
Watch the video below [in Armenian] to learn more about the logo.
For the fifth year, Archpriest Fr. Aram Stepanian, pastor of Soorp Asdvadzadzin Church in Whitinsville, Massachusetts, and chairman of the Prelacy’s Religious Council, directed a Summer Camp in Armenia for the children in the Prelacy’s Orphan Sponsorship Program. The camp is sponsored by the Prelacy’s Yerevan office of St. Nerses the Great Charitable Fund. The children enjoy a fun-filled week while learning about the teachings of Christianity and the Armenian Church at camp grounds in Dzaghgatzor, Armenia.
The children gather in front of the Prelacy’s charitable office in Yerevan as they wait for the bus that will take them to the camp grounds.
Upon arrival the children attend an orientation session.
Der Aram speaks to the children.
All set to play “kick the ball” game.
Discussion time.
Fun and games.
See more photos here.
More than forty students gathered at St. Mary of Providence Center in Elverson, Pennsylvania, for the weeklong Summer Program of St. Gregory of Datev Institute, from June 29—July 6, 2014. Here are some of their impressions: 
Overall, I think, it was an amazing Datev experience.
Davit Isakhanian (1st year Datevatsi)
Datev is my favorite thing to look forward to. My favorite class is Armenian History. I enjoy learning about how everything came to be. I also enjoy Christian Morality because I learned on how to open up with people and to show who I really am. I will keep recommending my Armenian friends to come to Datev.
Arev Ebrimian (2nd year Datevatsi)
The best part of Datev this year was how I made more friends and talked to people out of my comfort zone. I liked the classes because they made me learn new things and they were interesting. The classes are also really fun. The free time is the best part; I get to play games and talk to my friends. I just can't wait for the next year. I'm so excited.
Nayri Asayan (2nd year Datevatsi)
Datev is a one of a life time experience and I think everyone should attend at least once in their life. In Datev, you learn and gain so much knowledge. One of my favorite classes was Christian Morality with Maggie tantig. You learn so much about Armenian History and more. I made so many great Armenian friends.
Ariana Kazanjian (2nd year Datevatsi)
This year at Datev I had a lot of fun! I was rejoined with all of the friends I had made in previous years. Many group activities and Datev events such as soccer, volleyball, card games, the talent show, and many more helped to unite us all. I have grown to love Datev!
Sevan Asadourian (3rd year Datevatsi)
My favorite part of Datev is the evening service. I love the meaning all the words hold. The classes are very informative and interesting. Datev is such an amazing experience. I 'm blessed to be given such an amazing opportunity to learn about my faith, culture and make lasting relationships and memories.
Deborah Agopian (3rd year Datevatsi)
Datev this year was a lot of fun! Although there weren't many people here this year, I feel like it had its positives and negatives. One positive was that, since there weren't many people, I feel like everyone was able to get closer to each other. However, I feel like if there were more people, it would be a lot more fun. Datev was fun this year, but I'm upset we did not have a picnic.
Roubina Bozoian (3rd year Datevatsi)
This is my third year attending the Datev Program. Datev is something I look forward to every year. I have created many new friendships and learned so much about my religion. I have two favorite things that we do at Datev. First is the evening service (it is calming and relaxing). Second is the annual talent show. My friends and I always dance an Armenian dance. Also the classes we have are very useful and I learn so much about events in history. It is a definite that I will be back next year.
Celina Seferian (3rd year Datevatsi)
Datev has honesty changed my life. I love the connection I feel with everyone here, and being able to feel so close to such a lovely group of people, and being so able to build a better relationship with God. This program has changed my life in ways nobody will ever be able to comprehend. I love everyone here; they are like family.
Rebecca Holmquist (3rd year Datevatsi)
Every year, I look forward to coming to Datev. I love making new friends, and seeing friends that I don't see often. When I leave Datev, I feel enlightened and my faith has strengthened.
Marina Tekeyan (4th year Datevatsi)
Datev is a spiritual yet entertaining thing that I look forward to come to every year. I recommend that people attend Datev.
Nairi Asadourian (5th year Datevatsi)
I am a fifth year post graduate student of the St. Gregory of Datev Institute. I enjoy the program, for it is both educational and fun. Going to the chapel, morning and night, adds to the spiritual aspect of the summer program.
Shaunt Doghramadjian (5th year Datevatsi)
Datev was a good week to get closer with God and also hang out with friends and even make new friends. What I liked about Datev this year was the classes; they were both interesting and informative. I will be coming back next year!
Aram Kouyoumdjian (5th year Datevatsi)
The first year of Datev is usually the most exciting. The rush of meeting new people and the opportunity presented to learn new things and participating in any type of activity is overwhelmingly fun. However, a volleyball game this year provided me with the same exact feeling I had back in my first year (2009). I knew then that Datev had a charm that was renewable for every year, even after graduating.
Nazelie Doghramadjian (post-graduate)
The Armenian National Education Committee (ANEC) will sponsor a teachers’ seminar to be held on August 23, at the Prelacy headquarters in New York, from 10 am-4 pm. All schools and teachers are invited to participate. The program will have the following lectures:
Sossi Essajanian: “Supporting the Next Generation: Early Childhood Development, Best Practices, and the Armenian Language Teacher”; Anahid Garmiryan: “To Be or Not to Be a Teacher: the Challenges of Bilingualism”
For more information, please email ANEC at anec@armenianprelacy.org or call (212) 689-7231/7810.

The Armenian National Education Committee (ANEC), jointly sponsored by the Prelacy and the Armenian Relief Society, sponsored for many years the Siamanto Academy for young adults. After a recent hiatus, the Academy is ready to resume its activities. The Academy offers courses on Armenian history, culture, and contemporary issues. Classes will take place on a monthly basis, every second Saturday, beginning in September at Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Apostolic Church (Ridgefield, New Jersey), from 2 pm-5 pm. For additional information, please contact ANEC at anec@armenianprelacy.org.
The Foreign Minister of Armenia honors Hagop Kouyoumdjian.
On Thursday, July 3, Edward Nalbandian, Foreign Minister of Armenia hosted Hagop and Ica Kouyoumdjian, noted members of the Armenian American community who have been generous supporters of various Armenian national, religious and cultural organizations.
Foreign Minister Nalbandian thanked them especially for their contribution to Armenian preservation, the strengthening of Armenia-Diaspora ties, and to the “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund. He also expressed gratitude for their assistance to the Foreign Ministry, the Permanent Mission of Armenia to the United Nations in New York, and the Embassy of Armenia in Washington, DC.
On this occasion Mr. Nalbandian presented Mr. Kouyoumdjian with the coveted Anania Shirakatsi Medal on behalf of the President of Armenia.
Archbishop Oshagan expressed his heartfelt congratulations to the Kouyoumdjians on the occasion of this well-deserved honor.
Bible readings for Sunday, July 20, Sixth Sunday after Pentecost, (Eve of the Fast of Transfiguration), are: Isaiah 3:1-11; Romans 11:13-24; Matthew 14:13-21.
Now when Jesus heard this, he withdrew from there in a boat to a deserted place by himself. But when the crowds heard it, they followed him on foot from the towns. When he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them and cured their sick. When it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is now late; send the crowds away so that they may go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” Jesus said to them, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” They replied, “We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.” And he said, “Bring them here to me.” Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And all ate and were filled; and they took up what was left over of the broken pieces, twelve baskets full. And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children. (Matthew 14:13-21)
For a listing of the coming week’s Bible readings click here.
Today, Thursday, July 17, the Armenian Church celebrates the Feast of Elisha the Prophet, whose life and works are recorded in 1 and 2 Kings. Elisha (“God is Salvation”), was a disciple of the Prophet Elijah, who at God’s command anointed Elisha to be his successor much like Jesus later did in calling his disciples in Galilee.
Elisha performs miracles, healing the sick and reviving the dead. His message to his followers was that they should return to traditional religious practices and acknowledge God’s sovereignty over all aspects of life. When he healed the sick it was to demonstrate God’s power over life and death; when he helped in battle, it was to demonstrate God’s power over nations.

This Saturday, July 19, the Armenian Church celebrates the Feast of the Twelve Apostles of Christ and Saint Paul, who is considered the thirteenth apostle.
Jesus selected twelve apostles to carry on His work and instructed them to preach and to baptize converts all over the world (Mt. 28:19-20). He gave the title “apostle” to the twelve (Luke 6:13; Mark 3:14). The word apostle derives from the Greek word apostellein (arakyal in Armenian). The apostles dedicated their lives to spreading the Word and fulfilling the sacred mission entrusted to them. Their mission was not just to transmit the message, but to put it into practice.
Paul was initially an enemy of Christians and persecuted them. He had a vision on the road to Damascus and became a fervent Christian convert and was subsequently responsible in large measure for the rapid spread of the new religion. Most of the New Testament (aside from the four Gospels) is from the writings of Paul.
The Armenian Church has its roots in the apostolic ministry and succession (Thaddeus and Bartholomew) and is therefore known as “apostolic,” (arakelagan). The apostles and their immediate successors (including the Armenian Church) defended the Orthodox faith and kept it pure.

This Sunday, July 20, the sixth Sunday after Pentecost, is the Paregentan of the Fast of the Transfiguration—the five-day (Monday to Friday) period of fasting prior to the Feast of the Transfiguration (Aylagerboutyan / Vartavar), which is next Sunday, July 27.
(Prepared by the Armenian National Education Committee[ANEC])
Assassination of Djemal Pasha
(July 21, 1922)
The Nemesis Operation, approved by the Armenian Revolutionary Federation in its 9th World Assembly, held in Yerevan in September-October 1919, had a long list of Turkish leaders responsible for the Armenian Genocide among its targets.
One of them was Ahmed Jemal, minister of Marine of the Ottoman Empire and member of the leading triumvirate of the Committee of Union and Progress (Ittihad), together with Talaat, minister of Interior, and Enver, minister of War. Jemal had taken the command of the IV Ottoman Army, based in Syria, and had overseen the execution of the second phase of the genocide, when the survivors of the caravans of deportees were dispatched and killed in the  camps along the Euphrates River. He had also been in charge of the assimilation of Armenian orphans.
Some targets of the operation, such as Talaat and former grand vizier Said Halim, Behaeddin Shakir (leader of the Special Organization) and Jemal Azmi (the “monster of Trebizond”), had been liquidated in Berlin and Rome, under the supervision of the special body created by the A.R.F. (Enver would be killed by a Bolshevik Armenian in August 1922, in Central Asia.) Jemal Pasha was also in Berlin, but had been able to avoid the Armenian avengers.
On July 26, 1922, The New York Times published a dispatch of the Associated Press, with byline Tiflis:
“Djemal Pasha, former Minister of Marine in the Turkish Unionist Government, Chief of Staff of the Afghan Army, has been assassinated here. Two Armenians are charged with the crime.
“Djemal Pasha was accompanied by two aides, who were also shot dead. He was traveling to Kabul from Berlin, where he had made important purchases from [sic] the Afghan Army."
The Central Committee of the A.R.F. in Georgia still operated, although clandestinely, after Georgia had become a Soviet republic in March 1921. It organized the killing, according to Simon Vratzian:
“At the initiative of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation’s Central Committee of Georgia, on July 21, 1922, in Tiflis and in broad daylight, the last surviving member [of the Ittihad triumvirate] and friend and accomplice of the Bolsheviks, Jemal Pasha, was assassinated. The incident had a shocking effect on everyone. The Cheka made innumerable arrests but did not dare to violent measures for fear of retaliations. Dro got permission from Moscow and quickly left for Tiflis, where all the distinguished Dashnaktsakans had been arrested. Dro’s prestige in the eyes of both the Dashnaktsakan comrades and the Bolsheviks was so great that it was possible for him to get the members of the Central Committee and other prisoners out of jail with conditions acceptable to both parties.”
Little is known about the details of the operation. The name of Stepan Dzaghigian (who would later die in Siberia, exiled during the Stalinist purges) has been mentioned as one of the executors, helped by Petros Ter Poghosian and Ardashes Gevorgian. A fourth name, Zareh Melik-Shahnazarian, has also been mentioned as their collaborator in the last years, with the archives still waiting to yield their secrets.
Previous entries in “This Week in Armenian History” are on the Prelacy’s web site (www.armenianprelacy.org)
(Prepared by the Armenian National Education Committee[ANEC])
The Armenian Wine is Very English
The word for “wine” has very old origins, which is not surprising. The Book of Genesis reminds us that Noah, after the Ark stopped on “the mountains of Ararat,” planted a vineyard. He made wine from it and got drunk, from which the curse of Canaan came (Gen 9: 20-25). It is not odd, then, that in 2011 the oldest winery, dated 6,000 years ago, was discovered in a cave in Armenia.
Both the English and the Armenian words for “wine” come from the same source. The origin appears to be a lost word in a Mediterranean language, *win/*woin “wine.” It originated the terms in West Semitic (Arabic wain, Hebrew yāyin) and Proto-Indo-European (*wei(H)nyo-, *woi(H)nyo-). The latter, at its turn, gave birth to some ancient words: Hittite wiyan, Ancient Greek oînos, Latin vinum, Albanian venë, and Armenian գինի (gini). (It should not be forgotten that the Armenian letter գ was pronounced as g in the fifth century. It sounds k today in Western Armenian, while it remains as g in Eastern Armenian. This is why Western Armenians pronounce the word for “wine” as kini, while Eastern Armenians say gini.)
Interestingly, the Proto-Indo-European word first became *gwei(H)nyo in Proto-Armenian and then gini in Classical Armenian. How do we know this? The Proto-Armenian term was probably the source for the word *ɣwino- (“wine”) in the Proto-Kartvelian language, a family of languages in the Caucasus from which came modern Georgian came (Georgian gvino “wine”).
At its turn, Latin vinum was the origin for the early borrowing of Proto-Germanic *winam, which was the source for Old English win “wine” and for all other Germanic languages. The Latin word also originated the terms in Latin (French vin, Spanish vino) and Slavic languages (Russian vino).
Now, why does the Armenian word looks different than the others (with the exception of Welsh gwin, also derived from the Latin)? Linguists have shown that Proto-Indo-European words starting with w entered the Armenian language with the sound g. We have another example in the Armenian word գործ (gortz; Western Armenian kordz “work”), which is derived from the Proto-Indo-European *worg-, the same source of the English work.
It is a paradox, but not less true: words that look similar may have completely different origins, while words that look totally different may have the same origin. Feel free to celebrate differences... with or without a glass of wine!
Previous entries in “The Armenian Language Corner” are on the Prelacy’s web site (www.armenianprelacy.org)
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This board book is an interactive text that takes the reader on an exploration of the Armenian alphabet. Each page includes three letters written in Armenian and a picture that starts with that letter sound. The word is written in Armenian as well as transliterated with Latin letters. It also includes an example of how the letter would be handwritten in upper and lower case. The interactive portion allows the reader to press the corresponding button along a separate panel attached to the right side of the book. When a letter is selected, the name of the letter is stated along with the word written and pictured on the page. Finally, the last two pages are dedicated to writing practice as they include dotted lines where children and parents can write using a dry-erase marker that can then be wiped for continued use. Of note is the battery panel on the back that allows the user to replace the batteries as needed. This book is available in Eastern and Western Armenian.

Magical Armenian Alphabet, 14 pages, board book, $39.95, plus shipping & handling.

To order this or any other book, contact the Prelacy Bookstore by email at bookstore@armenianprelacy.org or telephone, 212-689-7810.
July 19—“A Hye Summer A Night IX,” sponsored by the Ladies Guild of Sts. Vartanantz Church, Providence, and Armenian Relief Society Ani Chapter, 7 pm to 12 midnight. Dinner Dance at Alpine Country Club, Pippen Orchard Drive, Cranston, Rhode Island, featuring Hachig Kazarian, John Berberian, Ken Kalajian, and Jason Naroian. Dinner-Dance, $50; dance only after 8:30 pm, $35 (with student ID $25). RSVP before June 30. Call Joyce Yeremian, 401-354-8770, joycey41@cox.net or Joyce Bagdasarian, 401-434-4467, sweetano6aol.com.
July 26—St. Stephen’s Church, New Britain, Connecticut, Ladies Guild Cooking Class, “Short Cuts to Armenian Cooking,” 11 am, Boereg. $15 for each class; $40 for three classes.
August 3—St. Stephen’s Church of Greater Boston, Annual Picnic at Camp Haiastan, Franklin, Massachusetts. Lunch beginning at 12 noon, includes delicious shish kebab and refreshments. Blessing of Madagh at 3 pm. Live Armenian music.
August 4—St. Asdvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville, Massachusetts, Annual Golf Tournament.
August 10—Sts. Vartanantz Armenian Church, Providence, Rhode Island, Annual Picnic at Camp Haiastan, 12 noon to 6 pm. Under the auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan. Games and the Bouncing Bubble for children. Delicious shish, lost and chicken kebab dinners. Choreg and Armenian pastries. Live music by Michael Gregian and Ensemble. Madagh and Blessing of the Grapes at 3:300 m with participation of New England clergy. For information: 401-831-6399.
August 17—St. Asdvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville, Massachusetts, Annual Picnic and Blessing of the Grapes.
August 17—St. Sarkis Church (Dearborn) Grape Blessing Family Fun Picnic at Kensington Park, Kensington, Michigan. Good food, music, biking, soccer, dancing, magician, swimming, playscape, kids games, door prizes, face painting, tavloo tournament and more.
August 17—Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, New Jersey, Annual Picnic and Blessing of the Grapes, 1-5 pm  at Saddle River County Park, Wild Duck Pond area. Music, delicious Armenian food and desserts, arts and crafts, and playground for children, cards, and tavloo, and more.
August 23—Teachers’ seminar sponsored by the Armenian Education Committee (ANEC), at the Prelacy offices in New York, 10 am to 4 pm. All schools and teachers are invited to participate. Lecturers: Sossi Essajanian, “Supporting the Next Generation: Early Childhood Development, Best Practices, and the Armenian Language Teacher” and Anahid Garmiryan, “To Be or Not to be a Teacher: The Challenges of Bilingualism.” For information: anec@armenianprelacy.org or 212-689-7810.
September 7—Picnic Festival, St. Gregory Church of Merrimack Valley, 158 Main Street, North Andover, Massachusetts, featuring musicians Leon Janikian, Jason Naroian, Johnny Berberian, and John Arzigian; presentation by Siroun Dance Ensemble of Central Massachusetts. 12:30 to 5:30 pm, church grounds. Shish, losh, and chicken kebab dinners, veggie plates, Armenian pastries, family games and activities.
September 7—St. Stephen’s Church of New Britain and Hartford, Connecticut, Annual Church Picnic after Sunday services will take place at The Quartette Club, 225 Wooster Street, New Britain. Armenian music, dancing, and food.
September 7—Holy Cross Church, Troy, New York, Annual Armenian Picnic, 12pm to 4 pm. Shish Kebob dinner, Lahmajoun for sale, Armenian pastries, live music. For info: skarageozian@gmail.com.
September 18—Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, New Jersey, 12th Annual Golf Classic, River Vale Country Club, River Vale, New Jersey. Rain or Shine. 11 am registration and Grilled Lunch Buffet; 1 pm Tee Off. Format: Shotgun Scramble (All player levels welcome). Golf Outing Reservation: $195; limited to first 128 paid golf reservations. Reservation includes: Grilled lunch buffet, dinner banquet, golf, cart, and range balls. Contests and Prizes. Sponsorships available. For information: 201-943-2950.
September 21—Ladies Guild of St. Stephen’s Church of New Britain and Hartford, Connecticut, will host a Tea party at noon in the church hall, 167 Tremont Street, New Britain, Connecticut. Brought back by popular demand. Guest speaker from the Bigelow Tea Company. Goodie bags for all. Raffle prize is being provided by Armeny Custom Jewelry Design.
September 21—St. Gregory Church, Philadelphia, “Designer Bag Bingo” luncheon in Founders’ Hall at 2 pm. Fifteen lucky winners of designer bags, including top labels, Gucci, Prada, Fendi, Laboutin, Judith Leiber, Chanel, and others. Join us for a fun game of Bingo, Chinese auction, and enjoy the lavish Chanel inspired theme and décor, along with champagne, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts. Ticket sales limited. For reservations and information: Cissy DerHagopian 856-313-6848; Donna Walter 484-354-0388.
October 3—St. Sarkis Armenian Church, Douglaston, New York, Saturday School Dinner Dance Gala.
October 19—St. Asdvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville, Massachusetts, His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan will ordain sub-deacon Ara Stepanian during the Divine Liturgy and preside over the parish’s 57th Annual Banquet.
November 7 & 8—St. Stephen’s Church, Watertown, Massachusetts, 58th Armenian Bazaar, 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 is available). Enjoy delicious meals, Armenian pastries, gourmet items, arts and crafts, books, raffles, attic treasures. For information: 617-924-7562.
November 21, 22, 23—Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, New Jersey, Annual Bazaar, Food Festival, and Hantes. Mezze and Kebab dinners (chicken, shish, luleh); dessert table and trays of home-made delicacies; Boutique Booths; Chinese Auction; Supervised Game Room for children; Pre-packaged Monte, Sou Buereg, Kufteh, and Lehmejun; Take-out available; Live Music for dancing and listening. Traditional Kavourma dinner on Sunday served immediately after church service. For information: 201-943-2950.
December 7—Ladies Guild of St. Stephen’s Church of New Britain and Hartford, Connecticut, will host a Wine Tasting Party at noon in the church hall, 167 Tremont Street, New Britain. A wine talk and tasting will be provided by Taylor Brooke Winery, Woodstock, Connecticut, owned by Linda Varjabedian Auger.
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