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Jewish in Birobidzhan

Cafe Simkha

With its Star of David light fittings and multiple types of hummus on the menu, Cafe Simkha is in it to win it as Birobidzhan's premier Jewish restaurant, even if much of its menu is Italian. It's also definitely th…
Synagogue in Birobidzhan


A five-minute walk west from the centre on ul Lenina is a complex containing Birobidzhan’s Jewish culture centre, Freud, and a synagogue with a small Jewish history museum inside. Call or ask around for Rabbi Roman …
Statue in Birobidzhan

Sholem Aleichem Statue

Surrounded by trees on the pedestrian stretch of ul Sholom-Aleykhema is this quirky statue of Sholem Aleichem, whose much-loved Yiddish shtetl tales became the basis for Fiddler on the Roof.
Museum in Birobidzhan

Regional Museum

This museum has an excellent exhibit on the arrival of Jewish settlers to Birobidzhan in the 1930s, plus boars and bears and a mini-diorama of the Volochaevka civil war battle.
Cafe in Birobidzhan


A short stroll from the train station, Felicita is an attractive, Italian-themed cafe, with coffee, salads, light meals and pizzas.