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Kedashen Chapter

The ARS Kedashen Chapter was founded in 1997 in the City of Riverside, in Riverside County, California.

Kedashen Chapter, armenia, armenian relief society, non profit, non profit organization, los angeles,In 1995, the Riverside Armenians felt that there was a need to teach the new generation the Armenian language. Herip Tolmajian and Hagop Nenejian contacted community members to establish a Saturday School, which was established in a converted garage, with a help of a parent group.

In 1997, the group approached the ARS to establish a chapter, and parent group members took the ARS oath. Hasmig Dabbaghian was the first chairperson, a home was rented. Later in 2000, under the leadership of Berjouhi Boyrazian, a commercial location was rented and converted into classrooms and a hall.
The chapter held “Agoump” (center) Nights each Wednesday, members cooked for the community.

The Saturday School first had Isabelle Bedelian as Principal, who was followed by Maral Tavitian after serving for six years.

The chapter did not survive the economic upheavals, which forced some families to move back to Los Angeles County. The chapter dissolved in 2010.

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