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'Stash for Syria': Janessian Moustache Raises Funds for Relief By Rupen Janbazian As seen in The Armenian Weekly BELMONT, Mass.—Belmont’s Ani Catering and Café looks a little more authentic these days. Ari Janessian, the operator of the Middle Eastern eatery, can be seen wrapping falafel sandwiches and slicing shards of stacked meat sporting a healthy new moustache, reminiscent...

AYF Eastern Region Hosts ARF Educational Weekend in Connecticut By U. Michelle Hagopian PLAINVILLE, Conn.—In the ARF’s 125th anniversary year, the Armenian Youth Federation (AYF) Eastern Region hosted its biennial ARF Educational Weekend on Nov. 6-8 at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Plainville. The weekend, planned by the AYF-ER Central Executive, brought in 25 AYF members...

What I Learned in Artsakh By U. Ara Sarajian As I found out that my summer trip to Western Armenia was cancelled (due to circumstances overseas), I was disappointed and frustrated. My good friend Stephen and I were planning on visiting a land we had never seen before, a land that belonged to our ancestors. After being...

Camp Javakhk: A 5-Star Experience By U. Ani Bournazian I, like many of the AYF interns this past summer, was confused on what exactly to expect when agreeing to be a counselor at Camp Javakhk. Given this summer was my first time in Armenia, it was a difficult decision for me to leave and go to Georgia—even for...

Camp Javakhk: Making an Impact in Dzalka By U. Mari Tikoyan I hesitantly agreed to attend Camp Javakhk three days before the camp began. The day I was leaving for Georgia, I had second thoughts on participating. I was apprehensive on going because I did not want to leave Yerevan, my job at Orran, or the other...