Birobidzhan, Russian Federation
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FOR RELEASE WITH BC-LIFE-RUSSIA-JEWISH - A teacher discusses the Jewish festival of Hanukkah with a group of six-year-olds at a kindergarten in Russia's Jewish Autonomous Region. The Far Eastern region bordering China was founded by the then-Soviet Union in 1934 as a socialist Jewish homeland. Today it is struggling to revive its Jewish identity with some estimates saying only four percent of the population is actually Jewish. Picture taken in December 1999.