Thursday, November 22, 2012


As of the 2010 census, there were 1,628 Jews living the Jewish Autonomous Region (Birobidzhan) in Russia.  This is about 1% of the population.

Their webpage (the English one)  JAR


  1. Very interesting. I had heard of this, but didn't know anything about it. I guess I sort of thought the pogroms chased most Jews out of Russia. I was especially interested to note that there is a statue of Sholom-Aleichem there. I couldn't find any specific reference as to why. The description of the capital city of Birobidzhan in Wikipedia talks about the importance of Yiddish to the JAR. Since he wrote in Yiddish, I'm thinking that might be the reason. Info about Birobidzhan is found at

  2. Actually, Stalin killed a number of residents.