June 27 2020 News Letter

Dear All,
Arya Samaj Chicagoland has an important announcement to be shared with everyone.

Acharya Hari Prasad promoted to preacher for Arya Pratinidhi Sabha (APSA) across North America
We share the very good news of our own Acharyaji promoted as preacher for APSA across North America!  After 3.5 years serving the Arya Samaj Chicago community, Acharyaji will be moving with his family to Troy, Michigan to be co-located near the Khosla family.  Girish Khosla ji has dedicated his life to Arya Samaj, one of the founding members of Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of America and his son, Bhuvnesh Khosla ji is the current Secretary of Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of America.  We are grateful for the leadership of APSA President Vishrut Arya ji and Bhuvnesh Khoslaji in promoting Acharya ji to this position and Dr. Soni and the Chicago Arya Samaj executive committee for fully supporting this.  Arya Samaj Chicagoland membership stands united in fully supporting Acharyaji’s family in the years to come.  We wish him the very best of luck in this new role.

Mahila Samaj raises $5,000 on the tragic passing of Mrs. Dheeraj Arya
On Thursday, June 11, 2020, Mrs. Dheeraj Arya, wife of Amarjit Shastriji, the priest at the Arya Samaj, NY, passed away in a sudden and tragic car accident.  She is survived by her husband and two young children, Arpan and Abha.  Both children were badly injured and in ICU and now on the path to recovery.  During the Mahila Samaj monthly meeting on Thursday, June 11th, Shashi Tandon mataji suggested that ladies get together and raise funds for these young children as their duty.  Over 40 ladies and their families (our male members as well) sent in donations within 48 hours for their family.  Mahila Samaj ladies were successful in raising $5,000.  Arya Samaj is so grateful for the wonderful support of our members.

Shila Soneji passes away 
Shila Soneji passed away peacefully in her home on June 17, 2020. She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Suresh, her children, Sina and Samir and son-in-law, Vlad and six grandchildren, the loves of her life: Vasant, Sachin, Sohail, Salila, Riya and Rashmi. Shila ji was a realtor by profession and instrumental in helping Dr. Soni purchase Arya Samaj facilities.  She donated all of her commission on the transactions to Arya Samaj.  Dr and Mrs. Soni and all of us will all miss her very dearly.  Blake-Lamb Funeral Home held a viewing for her friends and family on 6/26/20 @1pm. You can view this service online at https://m.facebook.com/Blake-Lamb-Funeral-Homes-155615497810179/

We hope that you all are staying safe during COVID. Illinois is gradually reopening this week and gatherings of upto 50 people are now starting to be permitted.  Arya Samaj will be working to prepare our facilities in the coming weeks for reopening given the vulnerable age of our population.  Until we reopen, we will continue to invite two families at a time to attend havan on Sundays.  Please contact Ramesh Malhan ji or Ajay Gharia ji to confirm your attendance on Sunday in person.

On Behalf of The Executive Committee

Arya Samaj of Chicagoland