The Other Jewish Homeland at the End of the World

Rabbi Eli Riss is determined to make Russia’s Jewish Autonomous Oblast – the Soviet Union’s attempt to counter Zionism in the 1930s – Jewish again, starting with the regional capital, Birobidzhan

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A synagogue in Birobidzhan City, the administrative center of the Jewish autonomous region, Russia.
A synagogue in Birobidzhan City, the administrative center of the Jewish autonomous region, Russia.Credit: ANNA YEROSHENKO / AFP
Andrei Muchnik
Andrei Muchnik
A synagogue is pictured in Birobidjan City, administrative center of the Jewish autonomous region, Russia.Credit: ANNA YEROSHENKO / AFP
A still from the video "Birobidzhan Atlas" by Anton Ginzburg, 2017.Credit: Anton Ginzburg
A giant menorah in front of the railway station in Birobidzhan, Russia,Credit: Iuliia Subbotovska/AP
A statue of Fiddler on the roof in the Far Eastern city of Birobidzhan.Credit: Amanderson
A market in the Far Eastern city of Birobidzhan.Credit: Amanderson
Rabbi Eli Riss in a cemetery in Birobidzhan.Credit: Shlomo Rivkin

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