Lauren F. Friedman

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Sea Change: The Yeshivah of Flatbush, once a school dominated by Ashkenazi Jews, is now composed primarily of Syrian Jews.

A Peaceful Coexistence Remains, Despite Student Turnover

In the days since Jews first put down roots in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, much has changed. The population — once mostly Ashkenazi — is now dominated by Sephardic Jews, most of whom emigrated from Syria. Avenue J, the main drag, offers sushi as well as kosher meat, and the synagogues of Coney Island Avenue sit alongside auto body shops, a discount movie theater and a Pakistani community center.