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Coordinates: 47°42′N 131°06′E / 47.700°N 131.100°E / 47.700; 131.100

Amurzet (Russian: Амурзет) is a rural locality (a selo) and the administrative center of Oktyabrsky District of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, Russia, located 250 kilometers (160 mi) from Birobidzhan.[1] Population: 5,051 (2010 Census);[2] 5,382 (2002 Census);[3] 6,243 (1989 Census).[4]


It was founded in 1929 as a large collective farm.[5] Specifically, Amurzet has a history of Jewish settlement in the JAO since its inception.[6] Concerning the period 1929 through 1939, Amurzet was the center of Jewish settlement for the area south of Birobidzhan.[7]

Jewish community[edit]

The present day Jewish community members hold Kabalat Shabbat ceremonies and gatherings that feature songs in Yiddish, Jewish cuisine, and discussions on Jewish culture. Today, many descendants of the founders of this settlement have left their native village, while others remain. Present day inhabitants of Amurzet, especially those having relatives in Israel, are learning more about the traditions and roots of the Jewish people and religion.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 3, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-18. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 2, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  2. ^ Russian Federal State Statistics Service (2011). "Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года. Том 1" [2010 All-Russian Population Census, vol. 1]. Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года (2010 All-Russia Population Census) (in Russian). Federal State Statistics Service. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ Russian Federal State Statistics Service (May 21, 2004). "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] (XLS). Всероссийская перепись населения 2002 года [All-Russia Population Census of 2002] (in Russian). Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
  4. ^ Demoscope Weekly (1989). "Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 г. Численность наличного населения союзных и автономных республик, автономных областей и округов, краёв, областей, районов, городских поселений и сёл-райцентров" [All Union Population Census of 1989: Present Population of Union and Autonomous Republics, Autonomous Oblasts and Okrugs, Krais, Oblasts, Districts, Urban Settlements, and Villages Serving as District Administrative Centers]. Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 года [All-Union Population Census of 1989] (in Russian). Институт демографии Национального исследовательского университета: Высшая школа экономики [Institute of Demography at the National Research University: Higher School of Economics]. Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
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  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 3, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 3, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-18. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 4, 2009. Retrieved 2009-02-18.