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Birobidzhan

Essentials

Despite only being founded in 1931, Birobidzhan’s short history is nevertheless interesting and unique as the city was established to serve as the centre of a Jewish homeland within the borders of the USSR. Although today the Jewish community is small, there are still many signs of a Jewish presence in the city and most tourists come to Birobidzhan precisely because of this connection. If travelling via the Trans-Siberian Railway, you can visit the city as a stop off.

Birobidzhan


Basic facts
Name in Russian Биробиджан
Name in Yiddish ביראָבידזשאַן
Status City-municipality and administrative centre of the Jewish Autonomous Region
Location On the River Bira
Distance 190km west of Khabarovsk; 8,170km east of Moscow
Time Zone Vladivostok Time (Moscow +7)
Population 79,791 people (2014)
Founded 1931
Official Website http://www.biradm.ru/