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.
|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)|