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(Russian birəbidˈʒan) or


1. (Placename) a city in SE Russia: capital of the Jewish Autonomous Region. Pop: 77 250 (2002)
2. (Placename) another name for the Jewish Autonomous Region


or Bi•ro•bi•jan

(ˌbɪr oʊ bɪˈdʒɑn)

the capital of the Jewish Autonomous Region, in E Siberia, in the SE Russian Federation in Asia, W of Khabarovsk. 82,000.
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Address : The Russian Federation, 679000, Jewish Aobl, Birobidzhan g, Sewing, 8 -
Office in Vladivostok will be convenient for consular services to citizens of Kyrgyz Republic living in Vladivostok, Sakhalin, cities of Ussuriisk, Khabarovsk and Birobidzhan.
The communists offered their own solution; it materialized in the Jewish autonomous "Oblast" first ever republic in the Russian Birobidzhan, close to the border of the former Soviet Union with China, which was home to some three million Jews before some one third of them immigrated to Israel following the collapse of the communist empire.
Henry Felix Srebrnik, Dreams of Nationhood: American Jewish Communists and the Soviet Birobidzhan Project, 1924-1951, Academic Studies Press, Boston, 2010.
Srebrnik, Henry Felix, Jerusalem on the Amur: Birobidzhan and the Canadian Jewish Communist Movement, 1924-1951, McGill-Queen's Studies in Ethnic History.
Dreams of nationhood; American Jewish communists and the Soviet Birobidzhan project, 1924-1951.
See Henry Srebrnik, Dreams of Nationhood: American Jewish Communists and the Soviet Birobidzhan Project, 1924-1951 (Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2010), for an extensive study of ICOR and its place among the Jewish communists.
Jewish interest in Communism, discussed in Kessler's article, appears once again in Henry Felix Srebrnik's book reviewed by Philip Mendes, Jerusalem on the Amur, concerning the Canadian Jewish Communist Movement's interest in "the strange Soviet plan to establish a Jewish national homeland in the isolated far east region of Birobidzhan.
Apart from a full-length biography, a memoir by Bergelson's son Lev, the first complete bibliography of Bergelson's work in both Yiddish and English, and translations of two of his most influential programmatic essays, this volume offers twelve in-depth essays by a dozen specialists that cover all aspects of Bergelson's extensive corpus, including his little known children's stories, his responses to life in the United States, his support for the Soviet Jewish "homeland" of Birobidzhan, and his anti-Nazi wartime journalism.
Adding insult to injury, at the height of the famine Ukrainian factory workers were being pestered to buy lottery tickets to support Jewish farming in Birobidzhan in Siberia
Equally intriguing is a detailed chapter about an early ideological experience with transnationalism, that is, the story of Canadian Jewish Communists in the 1920s and 1930s and their failed hopes for Birobidzhan, a "Jewish Autonomous Region," in the former Soviet Union.
In 2005 officials dedicated new synagogues in Birobidzhan (Jewish Autonomous Oblast), Khabarvosk, Vladivostok, and Yekaterinburg; and opened a Jewish school in Kazan.