Meet and greet to honor Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, San Jose, October 22, 2022

On Saturday, October 22, a meet and greet with Congresswoman Anna Eshoo was held in San Jose and hosted by ADBA President, Tony Khoshaba, and Dr. Nahrin Khoshaba. The event was organized by the Assyrian Democrats of the Bay Area and co-sponsored by two other local Democratic Clubs, Bay Area Iranian American Democrats and the Jewish Democratic Club of Silicon Valley. This was the first where the three Democratic clubs collaborated for such an event. It was a real success in honoring Congresswoman Anna Eshoo and bringing everyone closer to our shared goal of re-electing her.

The event started with ADBA member, Bani Tamraz who warmly received the Congresswoman on behalf of the three Democratic clubs and the audience. An introduction by Tony Khoshaba followed this. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo then discussed a wide array of subjects related to local issues, global events, and her experiences of spending almost 30 years in the United States Congress. Congresswoman spoke warmly of her Assyrian and Armenian roots and traced her father to the Village of Ardeshai in the plains of Urmia in Northwestern Iran. Her speech was peppered with Assyrian expressions and anecdotes and as Walter Varda, ADBA executive board member commented, she was current, genuine, knowledgeable, and utterly charming.

Assyrian Global Network representatives were present in the meeting and they did ask questions in regard to various issues of interest to Assyrians. The audience had also a chance to ask questions and various topics were discussed including the people’s struggle and women’s movement in Iran and many other issues.

At the end of the program, Tony Khoshaba, Dr. Maryam Ghazvini, and Dorene Kastelman on behalf of the three Democratic clubs presented Congresswoman Eshoo with a multilingual appreciation plaque in English, Assyrian, Hebrew, and Persian to honor her public service of over 40 years. 

Meet and greet event held for Naramsin Goreil in Modesto on October 15, 2022

Date: October 16th, 2022

On October 15, an in-person meet and greet event was held by Assyrian Democrats of the Bay Area executive board member Sargon Alkurge and his wife Rita Alkurge for Naramsin Goriel who is running for Modesto City Council Member representing the fifth district. Naramsin is a bright up-and-coming Assyrian Democrat and we encourage you to vote for him on November 8 and to support his campaign by making donations at

Naramsen Goriel grew up in Modesto, where he is currently an attorney and dedicated community organizer. His belief in bettering the conditions of Modesto has led him to become involved and lead in many different projects that are focused on enhancing and preserving the rich heritage, culture, and community that is the city of Modesto. These projects include becoming chairperson of the City of Modesto’s Board of Zoning Adjustment and Landmark Preservation Commission, joining the board of the McHenry Museum and Historical Society, and founding the successful monthly Modesto Neighborhood Park Cleanup. His goals on the council are to provide more affordable housing, drive economic prosperity, and invest in public safety to ensure that Modesto will remain an ideal city to live in for generations to come.

#GoWithGoriel on November 8th, 2022, and vote Naramsen Goriel for City Council District 5

Meet and greet with Congresswoman Anna Eshoo

Date: October 16th, 2022

Dear Friends and members,

We will have an in Person meet and greet with Congresswoman Anna Eshoo in San Jose on October 22 from 2:30 to 4;00 pm for a coffee reception. Anna Eshoo represents the 18th Congressional District of California, located between the cities of San Francisco, Santa Cruz, and San Jose. It includes portions of San MateoSanta Clara, and Santa Cruz counties.

The event is organized by the Assyrian Democrats of the Bay Area‘s Events committee and it is co-sponsored by two other local Democratic Clubs, Bay Area Iranian American Democrats and the Jewish Democratic Club of Silicon Valley.

This is a free and informal event open to all and it should be of particular interest to those whose district is represented by Anna Eshoo. Please see our poster below for the details, and to RSVP, email us at

We look forward to seeing you!

Assyrian Democrats of the Bay Area

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