If there had been no synagogue there, they would have had to invent it: the case of the Birobidzhan “religious community of the Judaic creed” on the threshold of perestroika

@article{Kotlerman2012IfTH,
  title={If there had been no synagogue there, they would have had to invent it: the case of the Birobidzhan “religious community of the Judaic creed” on the threshold of perestroika},
  author={Ber Kotlerman},
  journal={East European Jewish Affairs},
  year={2012},
  volume={42},
  pages={87 - 97}
}
  • B. Kotlerman
  • Published 1 August 2012
  • History
  • East European Jewish Affairs
The Birobidzhan Jewish religious community, officially registered on 15 December 1946, was the only one recognised by the Soviet authorities in the USSR's Far East. During the first years of its activity the community represented a unique case – perhaps the only case in the country – of linkage between a synagogue and the Soviet party and economic establishment on the local level. However, the persecutions of the early 1950s and several anti-religious campaigns later resulted in the Birobidzhan… 

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