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Armenian Assembly of America Jacksonville Briefing

The Armenian Assembly of America invites you to a special community meeting and briefing on Friday, February 17, 2023, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm in Jacksonville, Florida, with Assembly Board Co-Chair Anthony Barsamian and Executive Director Bryan Ardouny. The meeting is hosted by Carl and Linda Bazarian, Assembly trustee members, and the Jacksonville Mission Parish Council led by Elmira Grigoryan, Chair and John Brooks, Vice Chair.

Anthony and Bryan will brief community members on the latest developments in Armenia and Artsakh, on U.S.-Armenia relations, and on the Assembly’s assessment of the 118th Congress following the election of new House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). Carl Bazarian, as a former Assembly Board Chair and current FAR (Fund for Armenian Relief) Board Vice Chair, will also offer his perspective on Armenian American advocacy.

The briefing is free and open to all community members. Young professionals and local college and high school students are encouraged to attend. Please pre-register for the Armenian Assembly Briefing here.

The Armenian Church of Jacksonville is located at 3900 Atlantic Blvd., Jacksonville, Florida 32207.

For questions about the event or 2023 Assembly membership, please contact Mary Jo Bazarian Murray, Director of Development and Membership, at


Armen Martirosyan Senior Piano Recital

OBITUARY: Elmast Kohar Stoddard (1943-2023)

Elmast “Kohar” Haladjian Stoddard
October 9, 1943 – January 23, 2023

Elmast “Kohar” Stoddard passed away on Monday, January 23, 2023 at the age of 79. She is survived by her siblings, nieces, nephews and great-niece and nephews.

Kohar is in Heaven now with her beloved Mother and Father, Chnnorike and Krikor Haladjian.

Born in Beirut, Lebanon on October 9, 1943, Kohar was the eldest of 4 children, and grew up to become a very successful nurse.

She studied nursing at the American University of Beirut (AUB) and continued her illustrious career by traveling to Africa, Scotland, and Saudi Arabia. Primarily working as a Labor and Delivery Nurse, Kohar helped deliver over 400 babies, including a set of triplets.

Later on in her profession she moved to South Florida and became a Home Health Nurse where she continued her education by obtaining an MBA at Nova Southeastern University.

A pillar of her family and the community, Kohar was revered as a Christian, leader and friend, providing guidance and support to all those in need.

Her kindness, smile and grace will forever live in our memories and hearts as we go on to honor her spirit each and every day.

Rest In Peace, our sweet Kohar. You are with your Mom and Dad now.

A visitation for Kohar will be held Tuesday, January 31, 2023 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Bailey Memorial, 6701 West Commercial Blvd, Tamarac, FL 33319.

The funeral service will be Wednesday, February 1, 2023 from 11:00 AM to 12:45 PM at St Mary Armenian Apostolic Church, 4050 NW 100th Ave, Hollywood, FL 33024 with the burial to follow at 2:00 PM at Our Lady Queen of Heaven, 1500 S State Road 7, North Lauderdale, FL 33068.

Contributions in Kohar’s memory may be made to St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Haladjian family.