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Jun 2, 2013 | Jerusalem Post

A Bisl Yiddish: A Yiddish home in Siberia?

My teacher's dismissal of "Birobidzhan" made me think she'd been conditioned to disregard any mention of a possible Jewish homeland outside Israel.


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Monocolumn: Russian Jewish Town Welcomes Investments From China

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Mon Jun 07, 2010

hosted Christian Science Monitor | Christian Science Monitor

Why some Jews would rather live in Siberia than Israel

At first glance, Birobidzhan seems like any other Siberian city, with its massive statue of Lenin, World War II monument, and crumbling Soviet-era apartment blocks. But then you notice that Jewish symbols are everywhere, from the huge menorah dominating the main square to the large sign in the train station welcoming travelers to "Birobidzhan" in Yiddish.

Those symbols are a reminder that this Siberian territory bordering Manchuria and seven time zones east of Moscow is a Jewish republic. The Jewish Autonomous Region was created by Stalin 75 years ago as an alternative to the Zionist project in Israel. As many as 18,000 Jews moved here. At first it flourished, with Yiddish theaters, schools, and newspapers everywhere, but Stalin soon wiped out most of the elite. Those Jews that could flee, did. Birobidzhan's last synagogue burned down in the 1950s and today, just 6,000 of the region's 200,000 residents identify as Jews.


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Andrei Parkhomenko of UR leading in Birobidzhan mayor election

Member of the United Russia party Andrei Parkhomenko is leading at the Birobidzhan mayoral elections.


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Sat Feb 13, 2010

People's Daily Online

China, Russia to open new transport service line

Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province has planned to open a new transport line linking the province with Birobidzhan, capital of Russia's Jewish Autonomous Oblast.


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