Over 500 people came to the Ohr Natan community center in Rego Park to celebrate Druzhba magazine’s 28th anniversary. The magazine started as a local publication for the Russian-speaking immigrants and is now the largest of its kind in the country.
Rep. Grace Meng, above left, spoke at the event, congratulating the Russian-speaking Jewish community and also noting a recent anti-Semitic incident — the swastikas that were drawn at PS 139.
Dr. Miriam Yakubov, center, founder and editor of Druzhba, talked about how the community grew, matured and made a major impact on life in Queens.
Rabbi Nahum Kaziev, right, spoke about anti-Semitism in the country.
Ohr Natan is a nonprofit organization serving the community for the past 33 years. Programs include food distribution, publishing Druzhba, whose name means friendship, ESL classes, Hebrew classes, Judaic studies, youth programs, lectures and more.