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-Former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz
-Former NY City Councilman Michael C. Nelson

Councilmembers: -Darlene Mealy, Stephen Levin, Chaim Deutsch, David Greenfield

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Kensington, the area roughly bordered by Coney Island Ave, Caton Avenue, 18th Avenue and McDonald Avenue is a small and easily overlooked neighborhood of Brooklyn.  It has long had a vibrant Jewish community.

The Flatbush Jewish Center (now Flatbush and Shaare Torah Jewish Center) has served as a communal anchor since before World War II.  It housed the Bialik School, a pioneering Jewish day school, a large supplementary Hebrew school, multiple Hadassah chapters as well as other Jewish groups and has hosted many communal activities.

Flatbush Jewish Center

Flatbush Jewish Center

Church Avenue, Kensington’s main street, once housed several kosher butchers, a Jewish deli and the famous Saul’s Appetizing store. Demographic changes have forced them to close.

Present Day

Today it has a vibrant young rabbi and active outreach program for young families and retired baby boomers, as well as serving as a weekly kosher lunch site. Other social services in the neighborhood address the needs of many local elderly Holocaust survivors. Kensington’s numerous other synagogues including a Young Israel, the well-established Ocean Parkway Jewish Center, many shtibls, yeshivas and small shuls, as well as the synagogue of the Jews of the Caucasus.

Kensington’s mixture of housing stock provides a variety of options which now appeals to Jews of all economic classes.  The area’s Jewish population includes young families priced out of Park Slope/Windsor Terrace who are drawn to its newly revived public school. Also dwelling in Kensington are many former Soviet residents, including those from Central Asia and the Caucasus. Other parts of Kensington house many Orthodox families priced out of Boro Park whose conservative life style allows them to live comfortably side by side with the area’s large Moslem population.