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Birobidzhan (Russian: Биробиджа́н, bee-ruh-beed-ZHAHN) is the capital of Russia's Jewish Autonomous Oblast. It borders Khabarovsk Krai to the east, Amur Oblast to the west and China to the south. Bira and Bidzhan are two parallel rivers, the former flows by the city's banks.

Get in[edit]

Birobidzhan station at dawn, with the name of the city appearing in Russian and Yiddish

Take a train, elektrichka or minibus from Khabarovsk, Russia. There is a daily bus to Komsomolsk-on-Amur (via Khabarovsk).

Get around[edit]


Despite of its name the number of Jewish inhabitants in the area is rather small. However there are a lot of traces of and new monuments to national characters. Start from the bronze figures sitting on the cart on the railway square and move ahead to Sholom Aleihem statue. You will see some more.

Birobidzhan station square

Two Synagogues and Orthodox temples are addition to the visit programme.


  • Center of People's Leisure (Областной центр народного творчества), 5, Volochayevskaya St. (College of Culture). Theater and song festivals, concerts.  edit
  • Musical Jewish theater.  edit
  • Doll theater Kudesnik (Театр кукол Кудесник).  edit
  • Theater-studio Kogelet (Театр студия Когелет).  edit


Vodka "Khasidkaya", "Shabbatnaya", "Rabinovich" and "Jewish happiness" are due to preserve the color and taste of the region in bottled form.


There is a number of cafes around the marketplace offering borsch, macaroni, shashlyki, but you can also take a meal on the cheap in the eatery "Strela" at the railway station.



  • Hotel Vostok, Sholom Aleihem st.,1, +7 42622 620-30. The prices per stay are $30-60  edit. Right next to "Farmers' Market", and the pedestrian plaza.

Get out[edit]

The bus station is next to the railway station on the left (when you exit the station building) and the bus will not keep you waiting for ages, whether you take a private minibus or a regular public bus. Elekrichkas to Khabarovsk and Obluchye depart two times a day.

Routes through Birobidzhan
ChitaObluchye  W noframe E  KhabarovskVladivostok

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