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June 6, 2013


Archbishop Oshagan has travelled to Antelias, Lebanon, where next week he will head the Eastern Prelacy’s delegation to the World General Assembly of the Holy See of Cilicia. The Assembly will convene at the Catholicosate in Antelias starting Wednesday, June 12 through to Saturday June 15. Delegates representing all of the dioceses under the jurisdiction of the Cilicia See will participate.


Bishop Anoushavan traveled to Canada last month where on May 22nd he was invited to speak about His Holiness Catholicos Zareh I and His Holiness Catholicos Khoren I. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of Catholicos Zareh and the 30th anniversary of the passing of Catholicos Khoren.
On May 24, the Vicar attended the 45th anniversary celebration of the ordination of His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Hagopian, Prelate of the Prelacy of Canada.
Bishop Anoushavan spoke about the life and service of Catholicos Zareh I and Catholicos Khoren I in Canada.
Bishop Anoushavan (left) and Archbishop Souren Kataroyan, with Archbishop Khajag Hagopian, who celebrated the 45th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.


Tomorrow evening, June 7, Bishop Anoushavan will attend a concert dedicated to the 300th Jubilee of Sayat Nova at the Armenian Center in Woodside, New York.
On Sunday, His Grace will preside over the Divine Liturgy celebrated by Rev. Fr. Nareg Terterian at St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York. Immediately thereafter he will attend the 110th anniversary concert dedicated to composer Aram Khatchadourian.


Parishioners and friends of Soorp Asdvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville, Massachusetts, were spiritually and physically refreshed and renewed in a weekend of worship and biking.
On Sunday Bishop Anoushavan, Vicar of the Prelacy, delivered the sermon and presided over the Divine Liturgy celebrated by Archpriest Fr. Aram Stepanian. Bishop Anoushavan’s sermon focused on the deliverance of St. Gregory the Illuminator from the pit, and the Feast of Holy Etchmiadzin. The Liturgy was followed by the Blessing of the Water ceremony with the relic of John the Baptist by Der Aram and the Vicar.
The previous day, the Vicar joined parishioners on a bike ride at Narragansett Bay that was followed by a fellowship meal outdoors.
Bishop Anoushavan, Der Aram, and altar servers during the Blessing of the Water ceremony.
Bishop Anoushavan and Der Aram with parishioners on Saturday activities that began with a bike ride and ended with a picnic and fellowship.


Last Sunday, Sts. Vartanantz Church Sunday School ended the school year with a program and graduation ceremony and celebration for six students. Graduates of 2013 are: Nairi Asadurian, Peter Baghdadlian, Celina Bozoian, Armand Charkhutian, Shaunt Doghramadjian, and Aram Kouyoumdjian.
Rev. Fr. Hovnan Bozoian with staff members and the 2013 graduates of the Sunday School.
Der Hovnan joins the graduates in cutting the celebratory cake.


Archpriest Fr. Khatchadour Boghossian and Archpriest Fr. Vazken Bekiarian lead the flag blessing ceremony at Holy Trinity Church, Worcester, Massachusetts, on May 26.
Archpriest Fr. Zareh Sahakian, pastor of All Saints Church, Glenview, Illinois, blesses the tricolor Armenian flag before it is raised on the flag pole outside the church and community center.


Registration is still open for the 2013 St. Gregory of Datev Summer Institute for youth ages 13-18 at the St. Mary of Providence Center in Elverson, Pennsylvania, from June 30 – July 7, 2013. The Program is sponsored by the Prelacy’s Armenian Religious Education Council (AREC). For registration and information, please contact the AREC office at 212-689-7810 or at or click here.


The 4th annual summer camp for orphans will take place in Dzaghgatzor, Armenia, July 4 to 11. Sponsored by the Eastern Prelacy, each year more than fifty orphans enrolled in the Prelacy’s Orphan Sponsorship Program (ages 13 to 16) attend the camp where they learn about the Armenian Church, attend worship services, share in Christian fellowship, and enjoy recreational activities and field trips. The camp is directed by Archpriest Fr. Aram  Stepanian, pastor of St. Asdvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville, Massachusetts, with the help of the Prelacy’s Armenia office, the St. Nerses the Great Charitable Organization. To make a donation toward expenses of the camp contact Der Aram by email ( or by telephone (508-865-2454).


Bible readings for Sunday, June 9, Third Sunday after Pentecost, Eve of the Fast of our Holy Father St. Gregory the Illuminator are: Isaiah 1:2-15; Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 12:1-8.
Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.
What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, and that you, having been set free from sin, have becomes slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.
When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death. But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:12-23)
For a listing of the coming week’s Bible readings click here.


This Saturday, June 8, the Armenian Church commemorates Catholicos Nerses the Great and Khat the Bishop. Nerses the Great was the father of Catholicos Sahak I. He succeeded two catholicoi whose reigns were unexceptional, and the people were eager to return to the line of their beloved Gregory the Illuminator. Nerses was a student of St. Basil of Caesarea, one of three great Cappadocian Fathers. Nerses’ pontificate was the beginning of a new era. He brought the church closer in service to the people, rather than to royals and nobles. He convened the Council of Ashtishat that resulted in numerous laws on issues related to marriage, worship, and customs. He built many schools, hospitals, and monasteries. He sent monks to preach the Gospel throughout the country. His bold actions resulted in great displeasure by the royal family and in 373 he was reportedly poisoned by the king. His accomplishments for the spiritual and social well-being of the common people earned him the gratitude of the entire nation and the honorific “Great.
Khat the Bishop worked closely with St. Nerses the Great. Like Nerses he had great passion for social issues, especially helping the poor. Nerses entrusted most of the benevolent work of the church to Khat. He is so closely associated with St. Nerses that the church honors them on the same day.
By the light of unspeakable grace of your divine knowledge you arose on the land of Armenia, merciful heavenly Father; have compassion on us who have sinned. Saint Nerses, pure in soul, from birth you were chosen to inherit the paternal lot of shepherding righteously and lawfully. You adorned the Church with the laws of truth and established good order within it; through his prayers have mercy on us, O Christ.
(Canon to the Holy Patriarch Nerses the Great from the Liturgical Canons of the Armenian Church)


This Tuesday, June 11, the Armenian Church remembers Constantine the Great and his mother, Helena. Constantine was the first Christian emperor of Rome. In 330 he founded Constantinople as a “second Rome,” and considered himself to be a servant of God. He was buried amid the apostles in the basilica he founded in their honor in Constantinople. Helena followed her son in becoming a Christian and devoted her life to charitable work. She built many churches and monasteries and is believed to have played an important role in the recovery of the true cross in Golgotha. She is also believed to have helped find Christ’s exact place of burial where later the Church of the Holy Sepulcher was built.


Archbishop Varoujan Herkelian, Catholicosal Vicar of the Diocese of Cyprus, and Archbishop Sebouh Sarkissian, Prelate of Tehran, represented His Holiness Aram and the Holy See of Cilicia at the enthronement of Archbishop Nourhan Sarkissian as the new Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem that took place on Tuesday, June 4. He succeeds His Beatitude Archbishop Torkom Manoogian, of blessed memory.


Dr. Walter Bandazian, the Director of the Karageuzian Foundation, headquartered in New York City, met with His Holiness Aram last Saturday, June 1, at the Catholicosate in Antelias. Dr. Bandazian was accompanied by Mr. Serop Ohanian, the director of the Foundation’s office in Lebanon. Dr. Bandazian makes annual visits to the Foundations three overseas centers, Lebanon, Syria, and Armenia. The Catholicos received a briefing on the Foundation’s humanitarian aid to the Syrian Armenian community through its offices in Syria and Lebanon.


Varoujan Voskanian, the Minister of Economy and Trade of Romania, met with His Holiness Aram I, during official visit to Lebanon. They were joined by the Armenian Ministers and Parliamentarians of Lebanon. This was Voskanian’s second visit to the Catholicosate. Five years earlier, while on an official visit, His Holiness awarded him with the Knight of Cilicia insignia in recognition of his achievements
Discussions during this meeting focused on the current situation in Lebanon, economic relations between Lebanon and Romania, Armenia-Diaspora relations, and the forthcoming 100th anniversary commemorations of the Genocide.
Before leaving the Catholicosate, the Minister paid his respects to the victim s of the Armenian Genocide in the Holy See’s Martyrs Chapel.


The director of the Christian Education Department and conductor of the Shenorhali Choir, Very Rev. Fr. Torkom Donoyan was joined by two choir members to present the first copy of a new CD to His Holiness Catholicos Aram. The CD includes hymns, melodies, and songs from the Armenian Liturgy and ancient music performed by the choir, organist Hasmig Kasparian, and soprano Shoghik Torossian. Besides being a source of spiritual and uplifting listening, the new CD can be used as a teaching resource for church choirs.

The Fund for Syrian Armenian Relief is a joint effort of: Armenian Apostolic Church of America (Eastern Prelacy); Armenian Catholic Eparchy; Armenian Evangelical Union of North America; Armenian Relief Society (Eastern USA, Inc.); Armenian Revolutionary Federation.


The world premiere of a play, “Found,” written by Anoush Baghdassarian, was presented last weekend at the Public Library of Great Neck, New York, for two performances on Friday and Saturday evenings. The playwright is a senior at Great Neck South High School. Next year she plans to attend Claremont McKenna College in California, majoring in theatre and international relations.  She will be going to Oxford this summer to study Shakespeare at the British American Drama Academy. The topic of the play is the Armenian Genocide, a topic she has passionately been informing people since she was in sixth grade. The play takes place in 1915 and 1925 in the historic Armenian city of Van.
At the premiere of “Found”, left to right, Dr. Louis Najarian, Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Anoush Baghdassarian, and Dr. Herand Markarian.
Attending the premiere was Mary Badham (third from right in this photo) who at age ten played the role of Scout in the award winning movie “To Kill a Mockingbird,” based on the book by Harper Lee.



For nearly two weeks citizens of Istanbul of all ages and from all social and political backgrounds have been participating in demonstrations that began peacefully in Gezi Park, the largest public park in Istanbul. After harsh reprisals from the police, demonstrators have increasingly clashed with the authorities.
The demonstrators are protesting the imminent destruction of Gezi Park to make way for the construction of a large shopping mall to be based on the Ottoman-style military barracks that ironically was built by the famous Turkish Armenian architect, Balian.
For many days the activists have been chanting, "Gezi is ours!" It is a chant that the Armenians can also shout. What many do not know is that for 370 years a large portion of what now is Gezi Park was an Armenian cemetery, the cemetery of Pangalti, believed to be the largest non-Muslim cemetery in Istanbul. Founded in 1560, it was demolished in the 1930s. The cemetery’s marble tombstones were sold and used for other construction projects. A section of what once was the Armenian cemetery of Pangalti is now the location of the Divan Hotel, the Hilton Hotel, the Hyatt Regency Hotel, and the headquarters of Turkish Radio and Television.
The activists want to preserve the park as an open and green space and are challenging the escalating authoritarianism of Prime Minister Erdogan. They should also be cognizant of the history of this as well as other locations as properties that were confiscated from non-Turkish minority citizens in the aftermath of the genocide of 1915.
Prepared by the Armenian National Education Committee (ANEC)

Birth of Aram Khachaturian (June 6, 1903)

Thirty-five years after his death, Aram Khachaturian remains the most widely known Armenian classical composer of all times. His “Sabre Dance,” the electrifying dance of the final act of the ballet “Gayane,” made him known on a popular level worldwide. A few years ago, the first notes of the “Sabre Dance” were even the score for an advertisement of hair shampoo in American TV, while some music of his other world-famous ballet, “Spartacus,” appeared most recently in the animated film “Ice Age: The Meltdown.”
Khachaturian was born in Kojori, near Tiflis (Georgia), on June 6, 1903, the youngest of five children. Young Aram was admitted to the Commerce School in Tiflis in 1913, but he preferred music. He learned to play woodwind instruments and became a member of a woodwind orchestra.
His elder brother, Suren, who was the stage director of the Second Moscow Art Theatre, took him to Moscow in 1921, where he entered the Gnessin Musical College. The future composer did not even know how to read music at the time. He quickly showed his talent for composition and in 1925 Mikhail Gnessin suggested he join his newly-opened composition class. Four years later, Khachaturian transferred to the Moscow Conservatory. He graduated with highest grades and composed his first big work, the First Symphony, in 1934, after marrying his classmate, composer Nina Makarova, the year before. In 1937 he became deputy chairman of the Moscow branch of the Composers’ Union, and then was appointed chairman of the Organizing Committee of Soviet Composers in 1939. The first ballet also came out that year. It was initially called “Happiness,” but Khachaturian later reworked it into the ballet “Gayane.
The years 1936-1947 were the most prolific in Khachaturian’s life. He wrote music for dramatic performances and movies, songs, and religious music, including the Concerto for Violin (1941), the Concerto for Cello (1943), the Second Symphony (1946), the Third Symphony (1946), and the Symphonic Poem, later entitled the Third Symphony (1947).
The composer joined the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1943. In 1944 he composed the music of the anthem of Soviet Armenia. However, he temporarily fell from official favor in 1948. The Symphonic Poem, ironically written as a tribute to communism, earned Khachaturian the wrath of the Party. Ironically, Khachaturian wrote the work as a tribute to communism. Andrei Zhdanov, secretary of the party’s Central Committee, delivered the so-called Zhdanov decree in 1948. The decree condemned composers Dimitri Shostakovich, Sergei Prokofiev, Khachaturian, and others as "formalist" and "anti-popular." The three named composers had already become established as the so-called "titans" of Soviet music, enjoying worldwide reputation as some of the leading composers of the 20th century. Nonetheless, all three were forced to apologize publicly
Despite this episode, Khachaturian returned to official favor. He received numerous state awards both before and after the decree: for example, four Stalin prizes (1941, 1943, 1946 and 1950), one Lenin prize (1959), a USSR State Prize (1971), and the title of Hero of Socialist Labor (1973). Khachaturian went on to serve again as Secretary of the Board of the Composers' Union, starting in 1957 and was also a deputy in the fifth Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union (1958–1962). In 1951 he became professor at the Gnessin State Musical and Pedagogical Institute (Moscow) and the Moscow Conservatory.
Although Khachaturian lived outside Armenia, he has been an iconic figure for generations of Armenian composers, and many important names, such as Arno Babajanian, Alexander Harutiunian, Edgar Hovhannisian, and Tigran Mansurian, among others, were particularly influence by him. Most of his works are saturated with centuries-old motifs of Armenian culture. Khachaturian encouraged young composers to experiment with new sounds and find their own voices. His colorful orchestration technique is still noted for its freshness and vitality.
Khachaturian’s ballet “Spartacus” premiered in December 1956, and its music was featured in various series and films in the West. His seventieth anniversary was officially celebrated in Moscow and Yerevan. He passed away in Moscow on May 1, 1978, and was buried in the “Gomidas” Pantheon in Yerevan, together with other great Armenian personalities.
The composer’s picture is featured on the 50 dram Armenian banknote, as well as in various Soviet, Armenian, and Russian stamps. Various streets in Armenia, Russia, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan are named after him. His house-museum was opened in Yerevan in 1982.
Prepared by the Armenian National Education Committee (ANEC)

From Everything to Nobody

There are extremes, and there are middle points. This is how we have the words “everything” and “nothing,” but also “something” and “anything.” We have their equivalents in Armenian too, indeed, with two alternatives for the same word “thing.” The most common is բան (pan), which is a modern use of this word; the same word բան meant “word, speech” in Classical Armenian: «Ի սկզբանէ էր Բանն» (I sgzpane er Pann, “In the beginning was the Word”).
Now, we have the following equivalences between Armenian and English
Armenian English
ամէն բան (amen pan) everything
բան մը (pan me) something
որեւէ բան (voreve pan) anything
ոչինչ (vochinch) nothing
The word vochinch mirrors its English equivalent: a combination of the words voch (“no”) and inch (“thing”). This reveals that we also have ինչ (inch) as the second equivalent of “thing.” This word already meant “thing” in Classical Armenian. It later evolved into ինչ “what” and the composite forms ինչպէս (inchbes  “how”), ինչո՞ւ (inchu?  “why?”), and others.
You can use pan and inch interchangeably in the case of “everything” (ամէն ինչ, amen inch) and “nothing” (ոչ մէկ բան, voch meg pan, although stylistically vochinch is better), but it would be plainly wrong to say ինչ մը (inch me) for “something” or որեւէ ինչ (voreve inch) for “anything.
When we talk about people, we have the following equivalences:
Armenian English
ամէն մէկը (amen megue) everyone (*)
մէկը (megue) someone/somebody
ոեւէ մէկը (voyeve megue) anyone/anybody
ոչ մէկը no one/nobody
You can also say ամէն ոք (amen vok) for “everyone” or ոչ ոք (voch vok) for “no one.” It is less common, but it is still used, particularly in written language. The word vok is the plural of vo (ո), the Classical Armenian term for megue, from where the word voyeve is apparently derived.
The Classical Armenian ոմն (vomn, “someone”) is not used in Modern Armenian, except to note an anonymous donor, which until today is recorded as vomn). However, we often use the plural of vomn, which is ոմանք (vomank), to say “some people.” For example, «Ոմանք անօթի են» (Vomank anoti en, “Some people are hungry.”).
A final point that is the matter of much mistaken use: how do we use vochinch and voch megue in a negative sentence? The answer is: exactly as in English!
You cannot use double negative in (Western) Armenian (except for understated affirmation). Therefore, you may say either Ոչ մէկը գիտէ (Voch megue kide) or Մէկը չի գիտեր (Megue chi kider) to mean “nobody knows,” but you cannot say ոչ մէկը չի գիտեր (Voch megue chi kider), which would be as grammatically correct as “Nobody doesn’t know.”
Similarly, you may say «Ոչինչ ունիմ» (Vochinch ooneem) or «Բան մը չունիմ» (Pan me chooneem) to say “I have nothing” or “I don’t have anything” but «Ոչինչ չունիմ» (Vochinch chooneem) would be the equivalent of . . . “I don’t have nothing .”
(*) In this collection, the word “everybody” stands out, as its Armenian equivalent is not ամէն մէկը (amen megue), but բոլորը (polore, “all”). If you wanted to say, for instance, “Everybody has fun tonight” in Armenian, the translation would be «Այս գիշեր, բոլորը կը զուարճանան» (Ays kisher, polore gue zvarjanan).



By Vahan Baibourtian
This newly published book explores a topic that has not been adequately studied, namely the political and economic history of the Kurdish people of the Ottoman Empire, and the Republic of Turkey. It explores the development of Armenian-Kurdish relations, as well as the Armenian and the Kurdish Questions. The author, Vahan Baibourtian, is a well-known and respected scholar and professor of history, as well as a diplomat, and an expert in Oriental Studies and International Relations. The publication of this English edition, translated by Mariam Mesropyan, was made possible through a grant from the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund.
418 pages, hardcover, $35.00, including shipping & handling

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Today, June 6, is the 39th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy and the turning point of the War with Nazi Germany. The invasion depended heavily on weather conditions, a full moon, coordination, secrecy, and the successful elaborate deception that convinced Germany that the allied invasion would come ashore at the Pas-de-Calais and not Normandy. The 5,000 vessel armada transported more than 150,000 soldiers and 30,000 vehicles. Parachute regiments of 13,000 men were flown from nine British regiments in 800 planes. Three hundred planes bombed coastal Normandy right before the invasion. By the evening of June 6, more than 9,000 Allied soldiers were dead or wounded, but 100,000 successfully got ashore and into French coastal villages. In this pre-television era, families huddled around their prized possession—a Philco radio—for the latest news.
The Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces, Five-Star General Dwight D. Eisenhower, went on to become a two-term President of the United States from 1953 to 1961.
May 2 to June 30—“History of Armenia: Past, Present, Future,” a series of eight seminars presented on Thursdays, 7 pm to 8:30 pm, at St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, 221 East 27th Street, New York City. Sponsored by the Cathedral and the UN Armenian Mission. Facilitator: Artur Martirosyan, Ph.D.
June 7—Concert dedicated to the 300th Jubilee of Sayat Nova featuring Elie Berberian (Canada) and his band performing songs by Sayat Nova and other favorite minstrels, 8 pm, at the Armenian Center, 69-23 47th Avenue, Woodside, New York 11377. Donation: $25, includes post-concert reception. For tickets: or 212-689-5880.
June 23—Annual picnic of St. Stephen’s Church of New Britain and Hartford, 12 noon at the Quartette Club, 225 Wooster Street, New Britain, Connecticut. Admission is free. Come and enjoy Armenian food, music, and dancing, while visiting with old and new friends. For information: Church, 860-229-8322, or email
June 23—Sts. Vartanantz Church, 461 Bergen Boulevard, Ridgefield, New Jersey, Nareg Saturday School year-end hantes, following the Divine Liturgy.
June 30—Brunch and Talent Show, organized and hosted by the Ladies Guild of St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, New York, at 1 pm, under the auspices of Rev. Fr. Mesrob Lakissian. Adults $15.00; Children $10.00. For information: 212-689-5880.
July 7—St. Sarkis Church, Dearborn, Michigan, Outdoor Family Event, following church services on the Feast of Transfiguration, Vartivar. Everyone, especially the youth, is invited to join in water games on the lawn next to the church.
June 9—Father’s Day Dinner and Comedy, sponsored by Armenian Compatriotic Union of Ourfa, featuring renowned comedian Vahe Berberian with a new repertoire, with the participation of violinist Souren Kahvedjian, Ya Hala Restaurant, 45 Main Street, Wallington, New Jersey. Adults $60; children under ten $30. Proceeds to Syrian Armenian Relief Fund. For information: (732) 970-5207.
June 9—St. Sarkis Church and Douglaston School of Music and Art present “Aram Khatchaturian—110th Anniversary Concert,” by faculty members and students of Douglaston School of Music and Art, 1:30 pm, Chaderjian Hall, St. Sarkis Church, 38-65 234th Street, Douglaston, New York. Donation: $10.
June 13—St. Gregory Church, North Andover, Massachusetts, 4th annual Cigar Night & Dinner in Blessed Memory of Rev. Fr. Vartan Kassabian. Surf & Turf dinner, open bar, cigars, live & silent auction, raffles. Tickets must be purchased in advance by sending a check for $150 payable to St. Gregory’s Mens Club, 158 Main Street, North Andover, Massachusetts 01845, or contact Greg Minasian at, or 978-470-3075.
June 15—National Association of Ladies Guilds (NALG), Seminar and Picnic, 10 am to 2 pm. Jointly hosted with Ladies Guild of Saint Asdvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville, Massachusetts, 315 Church Street, Whitinsville. Guest speaker: Carol Jaffarian, will provide update on the Mother and Child Clinic and Birthing Center in Akhourian, Armenia. RSVP by June 8 to the Church (508-234-3677), or to Sharke
Derapkrian by email ( or phone (978-685-7243).
June 12 to 15—World General Assembly of the Holy See of Cilicia, at the Catholicosate in Antelias, Lebanon.
June 16—St. Gregory Church, annual Father’s Day Picnic, 12 noon to 5 pm, on the church grounds at 135 Goodwin Street, Indian  Orchard, Massachusetts. Enjoy many favorite Armenian dinners including shish kebab and rice pilaf.  Baked goods available for purchase. 50/50 raffle, Armenian music and dancing, and a bounce house for children. Free admission and parking. For information: 413-543-4763.
June 24—Holy Trinity Church, Worcester, Massachusetts, 10th Annual Golf Outing at Sterling National Country Club, Sterling, Massachusetts. Join us for a great day of golf including golf, cart, breakfast, prizes, gifts, and dinner for $140 per golfer. Tee off at 9 am. Shotgun start and scramble format. For information contact Rich Tashjian at or 978-422-7600.
June 30-July 7—27th Annual St. Gregory of Datev Institute, at St. Mary of Providence Center, Elverson, Pennsylvania, sponsored by the Prelacy’s Armenian Religious Education Cou8ncil (AREC). For information contact the AREC office3 by email ( or phone (212-689-7810).
July 4-11—4th Annual Summer Camp for Orphans will take place in Dzaghgztazor, Armenia, sponsored by the Eastern Prelacy. Orphans ages 13 to 16 who are enrolled in the Prelacy’s Orphan Sponsorship program are eligible to attend to learn about the Armenian Church and history. The week long program includes Bible study and prayers and meditation combined with summer fun activities and fellowship with other campers. For more information contact Archpriest Fr. Aram Stepanian by email ( or by phone (508-865-2454).
July 8-19—8th Annual Summer Camp program at St. Sarkis Church, Douglaston, New York.
July 13—“A Hye Summer Night VII” Dinner Dance sponsored by Ladies Guild of Sts. Vartanantz Church and Armenian Relief Society “Ani” Chapter of Providence, Rhode Island, at the Providence Marriott Hotel, One Orms Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02904, 6 pm to 1 am. Featuring: Joe Kouyoumjian (oud), Brian Ansbigian (oud), David Ansbigian (oud), Leon Janikian (clarinet), Ken Kalajian (guitar), Jason Naroian (dumbeg), Armen Janigian (Daf). For tickets ($50 per person) and information: Joyce Bagdasarian (401-434-4467); Joyce Yeremian (401-354-8770).
August 18—St. Sarkis Church, Dearborn, Michigan, Blessing of the Grapes and Family Fun Picnic, at Lakeshore Park, 601 South Lake Drive, Novi, Michigan. Food, music, dancing, magic show, volleyball, soccer, tavlou tournament, mountain biking, swimming.
August 18—Annual Picnic, Sts. Vartanantz Church, New Jersey.
September 15—Book Presentation at Pashalian Hall, St. Illuminator’s Cathedral, New York, of “One Church One Nation” by Hrair Hawk Khatcherian.
October 19—Armenian Friends of America presents “Hye Kef 5” featuring musicians Leon Janikian, Joe Kouyoumjian, Greg Takvorian, Ken Kalajian, Ron Raphaelian, and Jay Baronian, 7:30-12:30, Michael’s Function Hall, 12 Alpha Street, Haverhill, Massachusetts. Proceeds to benefit all Armenian churches in Merrimack Valley and New Hampshire. Tickets: $40 adults; $30 students; includes individually-served mezza platters. For information/reservations: John Arzigian 603-560-3826; Sandy Boroyan 978-251-8687; Scott Sahagian 617-699-3581; Peter Gulezian 978-375-1616.
November 15-16-17—Annual Bazaar, Sts. Vartanantz Church, 461 Bergen Boulevard, Ridgefield, New Jersey.
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