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Old 12-26-2014, 11:46 AM
 
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There are no cheap metro areas with a large Jewish population. The largest Jewish population, by far, is in the NYC area. LA and South Florida are next in line. None of these areas are cheap.

You can easily find a Jewish area in a cheap metro, since almost every large metro has a Jewish area. For example, Cleveland has some very heavily Jewish suburbs. But these will not be heavily Jewish metros overall.

If you are specifically looking for a Middle Eastern (Sephardic) Jewish presence, then go to NYC area. No, it isn't cheap, quite the opposite, but the Sephardic population is gigantic and dominates many Jewish areas.

For example, the Gravesend neighborhood in Brooklyn is almost entirely Syrian Jews, and the Rego Park neighborhood in Queens is almost entirely Bukharan (Central Asian) Jews, and the Kew Garden Hills neighborhood in Queens is almost entirely Israeli expat Jews.
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Old 12-26-2014, 12:30 PM
 
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Philadelphia is probably the best choice in terms of one of the biggest US metros with a high Jewish population and that is relatively affordable.
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Old 12-27-2014, 01:13 AM
 
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Detroit around suburbs like Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, West Bloomfield, Farmington/Farmington Hills; with some old timers/die hards in parts of Oak Park, Southfield, Berkley and other communities in the Woodward Corridor in Oakland County may work.

Areas of Upstate NY metros like Brighton in the Rochester area, DeWitt(around the DeWittshire/Orvilton and Lyndon neighborhoods) in the Syracuse area, Vestal in the Binghamton area, New Hartford in the Utica-Rome area, Amherst(Snyder and around Williamsville) in the Buffalo area and Clifton Park in the Albany area, among others, would fit. Areas of the cities generally close to these suburbs could work, as could some other nearby suburbs.

This is in terms of where Jewish concentrations are located.

Those areas in Michigan do have a lot of Jewish people, but they also have large numbers of Arabs. Maybe not such a good mix, as it has not worked out so well in Isreal.
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Old 12-27-2014, 06:57 AM
 
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Those areas in Michigan do have a lot of Jewish people, but they also have large numbers of Arabs. Maybe not such a good mix, as it has not worked out so well in Isreal.
Most of the Arabs in the Detroit area live in Dearborn and surrounding communities, which are on the other side of the city. There may be some in those other communities, but not at the same concentration as Dearborn or surrounding communities.
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Old 12-27-2014, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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US Cities With Most Middle-Eastern/Jewish Influence?
Sephardi/Mizrahi? None.
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Old 12-27-2014, 09:23 AM
 
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Muslim would be Dearborn, MI.

Jewish would probably be NYC.

Persian is Beverly Hills, CA.
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Old 12-27-2014, 09:24 AM
 
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Just so you know, there's no place in the US as Jewish as Boca.
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Old 12-27-2014, 09:49 AM
 
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Actually, a lot of the Muslims that live in SE Michigan moved here to get away from the extremism of the Middle East.

Also, there is a huge population of Middle Eastern Christians here.

However, like any area, some Jews will wear the kippah. Some Muslims will wear the burka. Some Jews are secular. Some Muslims are secular.

Admittedly, it's kind of embarrassing to point out that the Shias and the Sunnis had a little tiff w/each other when Saddam Hussein was captured, but they were going after each other, not the Jewish population.

Sterling Heights (Macomb County) is becoming known as the "Dearborn of the North" because of the huge influx of Arabs into the area. However, again, you need to remember that a lot of this population is Chaldean, not Muslim.
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Old 12-27-2014, 11:12 AM
 
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Sephardi/Mizrahi? None.

Not true. There are huge Sephardi/Mizrahi populations in the NYC area. There are more Syrian Jews in Brooklyn than in Israel.
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Old 12-27-2014, 11:14 AM
 
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Also, people are totally misreading the Middle Eastern population in Metro Detroit. It's mostly Christian, not Muslim, and heavily non-Arab (huge Chaldean population). Not everyone from the Middle East is an Arab Muslim.

Excepting Dearborn, the heavily middle eastern suburbs of Detroit look like any other suburb in the U.S. You won't see lots of mosques or obvious middle eastern stores, for the most part. They are mostly Iraqi Chaldeans or Lebanese Christians, and highly integrated into U.S. society.
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