This Day in Jewish History / An Alternative Jewish Homeland Is Founded, Almost

Birobidzhan was intended as a national home for Jews in the Russian Far East. The foundation was laid but the project never really got off the ground.

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On March 28, 1928, the presidium of the General Executive Committee of the Soviet Union approved the establishment of a Jewish national region in the country’s Far East. Informally referred to as Birobidzhan,...