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Birobidzhan (Scots)
Биробиджан (Roushie)
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Birobidjan mainsquare.jpg
The main square
Birobidzhan is located in Russia
Coordinates: 48°48′4.46″N 132°54′4.29″E / 48.8012389°N 132.9011917°E / 48.8012389; 132.9011917
Coat of Arms of Birobidzhan.png
Coat o airms
Holiday Last Seturday o Mey[1]
Admeenistrative status
Kintra Roushie
Federal subject Jewish Autonomous Oblast
Admeenistrative center o Jewish Autonomous Oblast[citation needit]
Municipal status
Urban okrug Birobidzhan Urban Okrug[citation needit]
Head[citation needit] Andrey Parkhomenko[citation needit]
Representative body Toun Duma[citation needit]
Aurie 200 km2 (77 sq mi)[citation needit]
Population (2002 Census) 77,250 inhabitants[2]
Rank in 2002 206th
Densitie 386 /km2 (1,000 /sq mi)[3]
Time zone [4]
Founded 1931[5]
Dialin code(s) +7 42622[citation needit]
Offeecial wabsteid

Birobidzhan (Roushie: Биробиджа́н‎; Yiddish: ביראָבידזשאַנ‎) is a toun an the admeenistrative centre o the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, Roushie. It is locatit on the Trans-Siberian railway, close tae the border wi the Fowkrepublic o Cheenae, an is the hame o twa synagogues, includin the Birobidzhan Synagogue, an the Jewish releegious community o the Jewish Autonomous Oblast.[6]

It wis grantit urban-type settlement status in 1928 an toun status in 1937.

Birobidzhan the day[eedit | eedit soorce]

The 2002 Census recordit the toun as haein a population o 77,250 (doun frae the 83,667 registered in the census o 1989). Birobidzhan is named efter the twa lairgest rivers in the autonomous oblast: the Bira an the Bidzhan, although anerlie the Bira flows through the toun, which lies tae the east o the Bidzhan valley. Baith rivers are tributaries o the Amur River. Visitors fynd the toun surprisingly green. The chief economic activity is licht industry.

Jewish an Yiddish cultur in Birobidzhan[eedit | eedit soorce]

Accordin tae Rabbi Mordechai Scheiner, the Chief Rabbi o Birobidzhan an Chabad Lubavitch representative tae the region, "The day ane can enjoy the benefits o the Yiddish cultur an no be afraid tae return tae their Jewish traditions. It's safe athoot ony anti-Semitism, an we plan tae open the first Jewish day school here." Mordechai Scheiner, an Israeli faither o sax, haes been the rabbi in Birobidzhan for the last five years. He is an aa the host o the Roushie televeesion show, Yiddishkeit. The toun's synagogue opened in 2004.[7] Rabbi Scheiner says there are 4,000 Jews in Birobidzhan, juist ower 5 percent o the toun's 75,000 population.[8] The Birobidzhan Jewish community wis led bi Lev Toitman, till his daith in September, 2007.[9]

Jewish cultur wis revived in Birobidzhan muckle earlier than elsewhaur in the Soviet Union. Yiddish theaters opened in the 1970s. Yiddish an Jewish traditions hae been required components in aw public schools for amaist fifteen years, taught no as Jewish exotica but as pairt o the region's naitional heritage.[10] The Birobidzhan Synagogue, completit in 2004, is next tae a complex hoosin Sunday School classrooms, a library, a museum, an admeenistrative offices. The biggins wur offeecially opened in 2004 tae mark the 70t anniversary o the foondin o the Jewish Autonomous Oblast.[11] Concernin the Jewish community o the oblast, Govrenor Nikolay Mikhaylovich Volkov haes statit that he intends tae "support ivery valuable initiative maintained bi oor local Jewish organizations.".[12] In 2007, The First Birobidzhan International Summer Program for Yiddish Language and Culture wis launched bi Yiddish studies professor Boris Kotlerman o Bar-Ilan University. [1] The ceety's main street is named efter the Yiddish leid author an humorist Sholom Aleichem.[13]

For the Chanukah celebration o 2007, offeecials o Birobidzhan in the Jewish Autonomous Oblast claimed tae hae built the warld's lairgest chanukia.[14]

Education[eedit | eedit soorce]

The Birobidzhan Jewish National University wirks in cooperation wi the local releegious community. The university is unique in the Roushie Far East. The basis o the trainin course is study o the Ebreu leid, history an classic Jewish texts.[15] The toun nou boasts several state-run schools that teach Yiddish, as well as an Anglo-Yiddish faculty at its heicher education college, a Yiddish school for releegious instruction an a kindergarten. The five tae seien year-aulds spend twa lessons a week learnin tae speak Yiddish, as well as being taught Jewish sangs, dance an traditions.[16] The school menorah wis creatit in 1991. It is a public school that affers a hauf-day Yiddish an Jewish curriculum for those parents who choose it. Aboot hauf the school’s 120 pupils are enrolled in the Yiddish course. Mony o them continue on tae Public School No. 2, which affers the same hauf-day Yiddish/Jewish curriculum frae first through 12t grade. Yiddish is an aa affered at Birobidzhan’s Pedagogical Institute, ane o the anerlie university-level Yiddish courses in the kintra.[17] The day, the ceety’s 14 public schools must teach Yiddish an Jewish tradition.

Sports[eedit | eedit soorce]

The bandy club Nadezhda [2] plays in the 2nt heichest diveesion o the Roushie Bandy League.

Mass media[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • "Birobidzhanscaya Nedelya" newspaper
  • "Birobidzhaner Shtern", newspaper (in Roushie an Yiddish)
  • "Di Vokh" newspaper
  • "Birobidzhanscaya Zvezda" newspaper
  • Taiga-Vostok Radio
  • FM Биробиджан Radio
  • "Bira" TV (under Federal Broadcasting Corporation (GTRK))
  • «BestVideo» TV

L'Chayim, Comrade Stalin![eedit | eedit soorce]

A documentary film, L'Chayim, Comrade Stalin![18] on Stalin's creation o the Jewish Autonomous Oblast an its pairtial settlement bi thoosans o Roushie an Yiddish-speakin Jews wis released in 2003. As well as relatin the history o the creation o the proposed Jewish hameland, the film features scenes o life in contemporary Birobidzhan an interviews wi Jewish residents.

Accordin tae The New York Times, Stalin promotit the ceety as a hame for secular Jews.[19]

Internaitional relations[eedit | eedit soorce]

Twin touns — Sister ceeties[eedit | eedit soorce]

Birobidzhan is twinned wi:

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. Charter of the Municipal Formation of the Town of Birobidzhan, adopted on July 24, 1997, with subsequent amendments
  2. "Численность населения России, субъектов Российской Федерации в составе федеральных округов, районов, городских поселений, сельских населённых пунктов – районных центров и сельских населённых пунктов с населением 3 тысячи и более человек" [Population of Russia, its federal districts, federal subjects, districts, urban localities, rural localities—administrative centers, and rural localities with population of over 3,000]. Всероссийская перепись населения 2002 года (All-Russia Population Census of 2002) (in Russian). Federal State Statistics Service. May 21, 2004. Retrieved February 9, 2012. 
  3. The value of density was calculated automatically by dividing the 2002 Census population by the area specified in the infobox. Please note that this value may not be accurate as the area specified in the infobox does not necessarily correspond to the area of the entity proper or is reported for the same year as the population.
  4. Правительство Российской Федерации. Постановление №725 от 31 августа 2011 г. «О составе территорий, образующих каждую часовую зону, и порядке исчисления времени в часовых зонах, а также о признании утратившими силу отдельных Постановлений Правительства Российской Федерации». Вступил в силу по истечении 7 дней после дня официального опубликования. Опубликован: "Российская Газета", №197, 6 сентября 2011 г. (Government of the Russian Federation. Resolution #725 of August 31, 2011 On the Composition of the Territories Included into Each Time Zone and on the Procedures of Timekeeping in the Time Zones, as Well as on Abrogation of Several Resolutions of the Government of the Russian Federation. Effective as of after 7 days following the day of the official publication.).
  5. Энциклопедия Города России. Moscow: Большая Российская Энциклопедия. 2003. p. 47. ISBN 5-7107-7399-9. 
  7. FJC | News | Far East Community Prepares for 70th Anniversary of Jewish Autonomous Republic
  8. FJC | News | From Tractors to Torah in Russia's Jewish Land
  9. Far East Jewish Community Chairman Passes Away Federation of Jewish Communities
  10. NCSJ - Profiles: Birobidzhan Jewish Community
  11. FJC | News | Birobidzhan - New Rabbi, New Synagogue
  12. Governor Voices Support for Growing Far East Jewish Community Federation of Jewish Communities
  13. Back to Birobidjan. By Rebecca Raskin. Jerusalem Post
  14. Breaking News - JTA, Jewish & Israel News
  15. Religion
  16. Kulanu: Birobidzhan: Soviety-era Jewish homeland struggles on
  17. NCSJ - Profiles: Birobidzhan Jewish Community
  18. L'Chayim, Comrade Stalin!
  19. William J. Broad, "A Spy’s Path: Iowa to A-Bomb to Kremlin Honor", The New York Times (November 12, 2007), p. A19

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