October 15, 2015
Archbishop Oshagan will preside over the 40th day requiem service for Vahakn S. Hovnanian this Sunday, October 18, at Sts. Vartanantz Church, 461 Bergen Boulevard, Ridgefield, New Jersey. The Requiem Service will take place immediately after the Divine Liturgy.

At 2 pm a Memorial Service celebrating the life of Vahak Hovnanian will take place at the Hovnanian School, 817 River Road, New Milford, New Jersey. Bishop Anoushavan, Vicar General, will accompany the Prelate and participate at both the church and school.

Vahakn Stephan Hovnanian, who passed away on August 31, was a successful businessman, real estate developer, and benefactor and supporter of many Armenian charities and organizations. For his outstanding contributions to the Armenian Church and to education, he was decorated with the highest civilian award of the Holy See of Cilicia, the Prince of Cilicia insignia, in 1986 by His Holiness Catholicos Karekin II.

Mr. Hovnanian was a supporter of the Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America since its establishment and served on the Prelacy’s Executive Council in the 1970s. He was a member of Sts. Vartanantz Church in Ridgefield, New Jersey, where he served as chairman of the Board of Trustees and delegate to the National Representative Assembly for a number of years. The main reception hall at the Prelacy is named “Vahakn and Hasmig Hovnanian Reception  Hall.”

In 1976 he was one of the original founders of the Armenian School of New Jersey and with his wife Hasmig became the major supporter of the school which was renamed The Hovnanian School. He directed a major expansion of the school fifteen years ago that more than doubled the school’s facilities.

As reported last week, the clergy of the Eastern, Western, and Canadian Prelacies came together for a joint clergy conference hosted by Sts. Vartanantz Church in Ridgefield, New Jersey, October 5 to 9.

On Wednesday evening, October 7, all of the clergy participated in an inspiring Episcopal Divine Liturgy celebrated by His Eminence Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate of the Western Prelacy. View it below.
Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate of the Western Prelacy, celebrates the Divine Liturgy.
The clergy during one of their conference meetings.
Last Sunday, October 11, Archbishop Oshagan celebrated the Liturgy and delivered the sermon at St. Sarkis Church in Dearborn, Michigan, on the occasion of the parish’s 53rd anniversary. During the service His Eminence ordained seventeen acolytes who will serve the church. The new acolytes are: Leo Poladian, Berj Ourlian, Garen Vartanian, Aren Bedrossian, Jonathan Krikorian, Michael Kurkechian, Arek Ourlian, Kevork Mardoyan, Armen Chopjian, David Coburn, Chris Chopjian, Haig Kadian, Michael Armen Kadian, Jake Kuredjian, Armen Vartanian, Berj Vartanian, Kegham Jalhaian.

A banquet followed the services in celebration of the parish’s anniversary and the newly ordained acolytes.

Archbishop Oshagan also attended a Book & Author Festival in Detroit on Saturday, sponsored by the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of Greater Detroit in partnership with the Armenian Research Center, University of Michigan in Dearborn. With more than fifteen participating organizations the Festival featured outstanding Armenian American authors that included Chris Bohjalian, Nancy Kricorian, Scout Tufankjian, Robert George Koolakian, Aline Ohanesian, Mariam Mesrobian MacCurdy, Christopher Atamian, Matthew Karanian, and Michelle Andonian.
Archbishop Oshagan presents a cross to Rev. Fr. Hrant Kevorkian to mark the 5th anniversary of his ordination.
The Prelate and Der Hayr with the seventeen new acolytes.
Bible readings for Sunday, October 19, Sixth Sunday of the Exaltation are, Isaiah 20:2-21:6; Galatians 4:3-18; Luke 4:14-23.

Then Jesus filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to say to them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” He said to them, “Doubtless you will quote to me this proverb, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’ And you will say, ‘Do here also in your hometown the things that we have heard you did at Capernaum.’” (Luke 4:14-23)

For a listing of the coming week’s Bible readings click here.
This Saturday, October 17, the Armenian Church commemorates the Holy Evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, the authors of the four Gospels. The word Evangelist comes from the Greek Euaggelistes which means “one who brings good news.”  Evangelists are given the special ability by the Holy Spirit to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ clearly and effectively. In the early days of the church evangelism was the work of the apostles. By the third century, the authors of the four canonical Gospels became known as the Holy Evangelists, and as the church grew “evangelist” began to denote a specific office that could include “apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers” (see Ephesians 4:11-12). All four died martyrs.

Matthew is the patron of the Church’s mission. The Gospel attributed to him closes with Jesus’ command to His disciples and followers to, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

Mark had significant influence on the advancement of Christianity. Although the Gospel according to Mark is a narrative of the life of Jesus, theologians consider it to be a handbook of discipleship. The dominant message is that being a Christian is not only believing in Jesus Christ, it is also living according to the example set by Jesus. According to tradition, Mark was the first bishop of Alexandria. One of the most magnificent cathedrals in the world is named after him in Venice, where his relics are kept.

Luke is the author of the third Gospel and the Book of Acts. He is considered to be the patron of physicians and artists. The Gospel according to Luke describes Jesus as “the healer of a broken world.” Luke is also noted for his concern for the poor, the marginalized, women, and social outcasts. His Gospel does not end with the Resurrection, but continues to Pentecost and the eternal presence of Christ in the world. Traditionally he is believed to be one of the Seventy and the unnamed disciple in Emmaus.

John, often called the “beloved disciple,” is the author of the fourth Gospel. He was the only one of the twelve disciples who did not forsake Christ and stood at the foot of the Cross. Jesus entrusted his mother to John’s care on the day of the Crucifixion. The best known verse in his Gospel is John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” According to tradition, John left Jerusalem after attending the first ecumenical council and went to Asia Minor and settled in Ephesus. He was exiled to the island of Patmos where he wrote the book of Revelation, although more recently scholars have concluded that John the Apostle and John of Patmos were two different people.
On the Feast of the Holy Translators, His Holiness Aram I, together with the clergy and faithful went in procession to the pavilion where the Catholicos inaugurated the 36th Annual Book Fair. The exhibition brings together Armenian publishers, writers, teachers, and students in Lebanon, in order to express their commitment to safeguard and contribute to the development and growth of Armenian literature.

In his message, His Holiness spoke about the night of April 24, 1915, when the Ottoman authorities rounded up poets, writers, and key leaders of the community. He talked about the successors of the martyred generation who accompanied the disoriented and dispersed survivors and organized the Diaspora communities. “After 100 years new generations of writers, poets, and teachers have arisen to continue the legacy of the martyrs with the same dedication. Let us all contribute to the flourishing of our own culture by keeping it relevant to our contexts. Let us continue to study our language and safeguard our specificity while we open up to our neighbors. And, finally, let us not forget to respect and celebrate our writers, poets, and teachers,” His Holiness said.

The new academic year of the Cilician See’s Theological Seminary began during the weekend of the Feast of the Holy Translators. On October 11 Very Rev. Fr. Torkom Donoyan, Dean of the Seminary, celebrated the Holy Liturgy, presided over by His Holiness Aram I and with the participation of the newly admitted seminarians.

On Monday, October 12, His Holiness declared the beginning of the new scholastic year during a special ceremony in the presence of the clergy and the faculty. Following a short program of biblical readings and hymns, the Catholicos addressed the students and the faculty. He greeted the new seminarians, and told them that their predecessors, inspired by the words of the Seminary’s anthem that filled them with the fire of the faith and the love of the nation, had served the church and the people. He explained the unique role of the Seminary and its curriculum that brings together faith and reason that together enable future leaders to serve the church with deep faith and strong dedication.
The United Armenian Fund, teaming up with AmeriCares, delivered $5.9 million worth of much needed medicines and medical supplies to Armenia and Artsakh, in a 40 ft. sea container.

This extremely valuable shipment, donated by AmeriCares, included penicillin, anti-infective, anti-diabetic, cardiovascular, psychotherapeutic, dermatological, ophthalmic, analgesic, and gastrointestinal medicines and medical supplies.

“Through the years AmeriCares has donated tens of millions of dollars of life-saving medicines, medical supplies and equipment to Armenia and Artsakh. We value and appreciate very much this long-standing partnership with AmeriCares,” said Harut Sassounian, President of the United Armenian Fund.

In the past 26 years, the UAF has delivered to Armenia and Artsakh a total of $720 million worth of relief supplies on board 159 airlifts and 2,258 sea containers.

The UAF is the collective effort of the Armenian General Benevolent Union, Armenian Missionary Association of America, Armenian Relief Society, Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, and Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America.
Ambassador Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Armenia to the United Nations, thanks parishioners and friends for their support of the homeland.
Last Sunday, under the auspices of Mr. Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Armenia to the United Nations, St. Illuminator’s Cathedral sponsored a special event to present the progress and performance of the Green House project in Lchakdzor, the Cathedral’s sister community in Armenia located in the Tavush region. The presentation and short documentary film described the process of this unique Diaspora-Armenia partnership that was blessed by the Prelate, Archbishop Oshagan. Through the generous contributions of the Cathedral’s parishioners and friends and the matching funds from Oxfam in Armenia, $35K worth of Green House was installed in Lchakdzor that in 2015 ensured sustainable employment for 12 women.

In his opening remarks Viken Najarian, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, thanked the Ambassador and all attendees for their participation and emphasized the Board’s commitment to their sister community. Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian, pastor, expressed his gratitude to the Ambassador for his friendship with St. Illuminator’s Cathedral. The Ambassador stressed the role of economic development in similar communities near the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, describing economic development as a national security issue.

Dr. Artur Martirosyan, a member of the Board, introduced the current campaign of installing dry fruit processing facility in Lchkadzor and the current opportunity to receive matching funds from Oxfam. The support of parishioners and friends were heartening with the fundraising goal attained in this single event.

Those interested in supporting the Dry Fruit Processing facility installation in Lchkadzor, may send their checks payable to St. Illuminator’s Cathedral and mailed to 221 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016.
A new exterior decorative door was installed at the Prelacy offices on 39th Street in Manhattan, thanks to the generosity of Mr. Noubar Yeremian, a faithful member of St. Gregory Church in Philadelphia. Mr. Yeremian, founder of HMI Inc., donated the specially made door and completed its installation this week.

Mr. Yeremian founded HMI in 1988 and since has expanded to larger quarters several times. The firm currently occupies a 135,000 square foot facility on Erie Avenue in Philadelphia. HMI is one of the few companies in the world that manufactures steel entry doors, security storm doors, and aluminum storm doors from start to finish. The firm’s web site says, “HMI is a make-to-order company treating each door as a custom door whether it is a standard size or not.”
The new decorative entry doors at the Prelacy.
The Nareg Armenian Saturday School of Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, New Jersey, celebrated the Feast of the Holy Translators last week paying homage to the first translators, Mesrob, Sahag, and their pupils and the great doctors (vartabedner) who undertook the monumental task of translating the Bible, as well as the writings of the Church Fathers, the church canons and the proceedings of the universal councils into the Armenian language.
Rev. Fr. Hovnan Bozoian, pastor of Sts. Vartanantz Church in New Jersey, and staff members with the students of the Nareg Armenian Saturday School.
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.
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Birth of Armin Wegner (October 16, 1886)
Armin T. Wegner was the German writer and human rights activist who documented graphically the Armenian Genocide. At the end of his life, he described it “as a solemn pledge to do everything possible to maintain alive the memory of the Armenian fate.” He was also one of the earliest voices to protest Adolf Hitler’s treatment of the Jews in Germany.
Armin T. Wegner, 1916 in Bagdad.
Wegner was born on October 16, 1886 in the town of Elberfeld / Rhineland (Wuppertal) in Germany. His father was a civil servant employed by the German Imperial Railroad and his mother was a suffragette and pacifist. He studied law and political science at the universities of Zurich, Paris, and Berlin, receiving his doctorate in jurisprudence from the University of Breslau in 1914. He also attended theater director Max Reinhardt’s acting school in Berlin between 1910 and 1912, and began his career as a freelance poet and journalist shortly before World War I.

At the outbreak of World War I, he enrolled as a volunteer nurse and served in Poland during the winter of 1914-1915. He was decorated with the Iron Cross for assisting the wounded under fire. From the autumn of 1915 to November 1916, following the military alliance of Germany and Turkey, he was stationed in Turkey as a member of the German Sanitary Corps. He served as a medical officer on the Baghdad staff of Field Marshal von der Goltz with the Sixth Ottoman Army. He witnessed and recorded with pen and camera the systematic deportation and annihilation of the Armenians, despite explicit Turkish prohibition. In late June 1916 he was arrested by soldiers of the German military mission in Turkey because of censorship violations and reassigned to serve as an orderly in cholera barracks in Baghdad. Taken ill with typhus, he was sent back to Berlin in November of the same year. Hidden in his belt were his photographic rolls with images of the genocide.
A photograph of Armenian orphans at a makeshift camp on the deportation road taken by Armin Wegner.
He completed his first two volumes about his experiences in Turkey by early 1917, and they would be published in 1919-1920. His first volume of poetry appeared in 1917, but it was banned. He did some editorial jobs in 1918-1919, and after the revolution of November 1918, he was able to openly publish fiction as well as articles and manifestos about the Armenian annihilation. In January 1919 he published an open letter to President Woodrow Wilson, where he protested against the atrocities perpetrated by the Turks and appealed for the independence of Armenia. Wegner delivered several illustrated slide lectures about the Armenian massacres in October 1919 and his short stories appeared throughout 1920-1921 in the press. He published several books related to the Armenian cause during the 1920s.

In 1930 he received a subsidy from the Prussian Academy of the Arts to complete his Armenian novel The Expulsion, in four volumes, which he never finished. He had married Jewish poet Lola Landau in 1921 and had lectured actively on the pacifist circuit, as well as published various travelogues. In 1927 he visited Soviet Armenia.

After the Nazi accession to power, Wegner’s works were banned, his books purged from the shelves of German libraries, and some were burned in the May 1933 book burnings. He addressed a letter to Hitler where he warned him that Jews would survive the danger and “the shame and misfortune will however be allotted to Germany and will not quickly be forgotten, even in the future.” He asked the German chancellor “to protect Germany by protecting the Jews.” The result was Wegner’s arrest and imprisonment in jail and then in various concentration camps from August 1933 to the spring of 1934.

After his liberation, Wegner followed his wife, who had fled to London with their daughter, but later returned to Germany. He also followed them when they immigrated to Palestine in 1935, and visited there in 1936 and 1937, but was unable to secure permanent residence. Wegner and Landau drifted away and were divorced in 1938.
Wegner, later in life.
Wegner was allowed to migrate to Italy in 1938. He lived with his common law wife Irene Kowaliska (he married her in 1945) in Positano and managed to survive periodical German persecution during the war and to live upon minor income until the end of the war. His prodigious literary productivity was severely affected. Most of his projects were never fulfilled. He returned to Germany for the first time in 1952, but found out that after twenty years, he could no longer return to his native land. He moved to Rome in 1956. The same year, he was awarded the Highest Order of Merit by the Federal German government. His birthplace Wuppertal decorated him with the prestigious Eduard-Von-der-Heydt prize in 1962.

His photographs of the genocide were rediscovered by the press in 1965. He also wrote a commemorative essay in the same year. In 1967 he was awarded the title “Righteous Among the Nations” by Yad Vashem in Israel, and in 1968 he received an invitation to Armenia from the Catholicos of All Armenians and was awarded the Order of Saint Gregory the Illuminator.

Wegner made a lecture tour of the United States in 1972, at the age of 86. He passed away in Rome on May 17, 1978. In 1996 part of his ashes were taken to Armenia, where a posthumous state funeral took place near the perpetual flame of the Armenian Genocide Monument.

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One Piece of Nonsense . . . Sometimes
When we want to speak about a single item or creature, we say “one” in English (“I only found one”). If we want to stress its singularity, we may say “just one.”

If you go to the market and find only one melon, you may report back in Armenian that Miayn meg had sekh kuda (Միայն մէկ հատ սեխ գտայ), literally “I only found one [piece of] melon.” This is indeed accurate, as it identifies the piece (had) of the item in question.

However, people sometimes tend to turn human beings into . . . melons. How come? For instance, when they say An yergoo had zavag ooni (Ան երկու հատ զաւակ ունի), namely, “He (or she) has one [piece of] child.” If you translate the phrase from Armenian into English, you will never use “piece” of course, but you can hear literally the phrase in conversations, instead of the correct form An yergoo zavag ooni (Ան երկու զաւակ ունի).

As one American president said, “you ain’t seen nothing yet.” There is the worst case scenario, when meg had is used without thinking twice, and then, it becomes ridiculous. 

Here are some nice examples:
  1. A student asks the teacher Oriort, meg had asiga patsadretsek (Օրիորդ, մէկ հատ ասիկա բացատրեցէք), which should be “Miss, please explain this” in plain English. Instead of meg had, the simple hajik (հաճիք - “please”) would do miracles here: Oriort, hajik asiga patsadretsek.
  2. Someone suggests about a reader Meg had yevs togh garta krootioone (Մէկ հատ եւս թող կարդայ գրութիւնը), namely, “Let him read the write-up once again.” Of course, it should be ankam me (անգամ մը): Ankam me yevs togh garta krootioone.
  3. A visitor is very unhappy with your hospitality and threatens: Meg had al tser doone bidi chkam (Մէկ հատ ալ ձեր տունը պիտի չգամ – “I won’t come to your home again”). If he does not like ankam men al (անգամ մըն ալ), he could say aylevs (այլեւս) instead of meg had al: Ankam men al/aylevs tser doone bidi chkam.
Make a reality check and ask yourself how many times you say any of these in a week. Then, see what you can do about it.

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(Pastor of St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York)

This week’s podcast features:
• Interview with Professor Siobhan Nash-Marshall, chair of Christian Philosophy, Manhattanville College.

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NOTE: Professor Nash-Marshall will lecture at the Prelacy on Thursday, November 5. See calendar item for details.
“A New Doctor of the Church: St. Gregory of Narek,” an interesting article written by Mark DelCogliano, assistant professor of historical theology at the University of St. Thomas, can be read here.

“I have said on other occasions that the principles that have largely animated my own life in public office are those that my grandfather brought back from his service in Anatolia. I commend them to one and all. Among those values are all of the freedoms that would later be included in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But there is yet one more value that he taught us, one that gives life to all the rest: A commitment that, on issues of justice, we shall never give up.”

(From remarks by Robert M. Morgenthau offered on the occasion of the Raoul Wallenberg Foundation Luncheon on September 30, 2015, in Washington, accepting the Wallenberg Medal on behalf of his grandfather, Henry Morgenthau, Sr.)

We end with the joyful announcement of the birth of Lori Aleek Kevorkian, daughter of Rev. Fr. Hrant and Yn. Kevorkian, pastor of St. Sarkis Church in Dearborn, Michigan. Lori was born on October 13, weighing 7 pounds 11 ounces. Congratulations and best wishes to Der Hayr, Yeretzgin and family.
SIAMANTO ACADEMY—Meets every second Saturday of the month at the Hovnanian School, 817 River Road, New Milford, New Jersey. For information: anec@armenianprelacy.org or 212-689-7810.

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. (POSTPONED. WATCH FOR NEW DATE).

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—Annual Bazaar, St. Gregory Church hall, 135 Goodwin Street, Indian Orchard, Massachusetts, 10 am to 7 pm. Enjoy many favorite Armenian dinners including shish kebab and rice pilaf. Both traditional Armenian and American baked goods will be featured, such as paklava and spinach-cheese pie. Raffle prizes include: oriental rug, ladies’ watch, Armenian coin, handmade clock, megabucks tickets. Free admission and parking. For information or take-out orders contact the church office at 413-543-4763.

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 24—Armenian Friends of America presents “Hye Kef 5,” a 5-hour dinner-dance (7 pm to midnight), DiBurro’s Function Hall, 887 Boston Road, Ward Hill (Haverhill), Massachusetts. Dinner served promptly at 7:30 pm. Music by Mal Barsamian/Johnny Berberian Ensemble. Tickets $50, by reservation only. Contact: Proceeds to benefit area Armenian churches. Contact: John Arzigian (603) 560-3826; Lucy Sirmaian (978) 683-9121; Sandy Boroyan (978) 251-8687, or Peter Guzelian (978) 375-1616. Proceeds to benefit area Armenian churches.

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—ARMENIAFEST Breakfast, after church services. Scrambled eggs, pancakes, blueberry muffins, sausage, and more! Donation: $10. Sponsored by the Ladies Guild of St. Stephen’s Church, 167 Tremont Street, New Britain, Connecticut.

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 5—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, at 7:30 pm.

November 5—Avak luncheon at noon, St. Gregory Church, 158 Main Street, North Andover, Massachusetts. Speaker: Ruth Thomasian, executive director, Project SAVE Photographic Archives, “Forty Years of Preserving Armenian History through Photographs.”

November 6 & 7—59th Annual Bazaar, St. Stephen Church, Watertown, Massachusetts, 11 am to 9 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 including chicken, beef, and losh kebobs, kufteh, and kheyma dinners, Armenian pastries, Gourmet, Gift Shoppe, handmade arts and crafts, 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 8—The Armenian Museum of America; The National Association for Armenian Studies and Research; PEN New England present “Hearing the Lost Voices: Armenian Writers and the Legacy of the Genocide,” featuring Herand Markarian (Rupen Sevag); Danila Terpanjian and Judy Saryan (Zabel Yessayan); Mariam Mesrobian MacCurdy (Zabel Yessayan); Jirair Libaridian (Daniel Varoujan); Eric Bogosian (Siamanto); and James R. Russell (Misak Medzarents). Introduction by Marc A. Mamigoian. Armenian Museum of America, 65 Main Street, Watertown, Massachusetts, at 8 pm. For information: 617-926-2562.

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.

November 30—Get Classical presents: “With You Armenia,” in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, 7 pm at (Le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleeker Street, New York City. Features cellist, Mischa Maisky, pianist Lily Maisky, pianist Elena Lisitsian, and violinist Alissa Margulis. Tickets ($30-$40) may be purchased at https://www.ticketprophet.com/events/10017/orders/6+new . “As musicians we would like to bring attention to some of the much under-appreciated Armenian Classical works by composers such as Arno Babadjanian and Komitas Vartabed. We will also present works by Sergey Rachmaninov and Dmitry Shostakovish. We feel very strongly about our responsibility to never forget and bring others to do so as well, through one of the most direct forms of communication and commemoration, music.” (Lily Maisky)

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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