Hollywood is ‘fastest growing’ Jewish community in America

WHEN Orthodox Jewish clients approach local estate agent Sharon Brandt looking for a home in this South Florida area, she tells them to make sure they have spots for their children in school before they buy.

When Rabbi Yoni Fein, head of school at the Brauser Maimonides Academy in Hollywood, gets inquiries from prospective parents from outside the state, he asks them to make sure they can find a house before enrolling their children.

This Catch-22 of a simultaneous housing shortage and waitlists at area schools is no coincidence. For Hollywood may be one of the fastest growing Orthodox Jewish communities in America — if not the fastest.

“It’s very rare that a house comes up,” Brandt said of the housing market here. “The real shortage started in January, February and March this year. It’s just been insane.”

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