Welcome to the Eastside Community

Historically, East Fort Lauderdale was home to only a handful of Jewish residents. In recent decades, East Fort Lauderdale's business, arts and culture scenes have emerged and with it a thriving Jewish community comprised of many young professionals and empty nesters.
In order to best serve this growing population, the Jewish Federation of Broward County decided to develop the Eastside Community, with an office located in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The Eastside Community focuses on partnering with the many existing synagogues and Jewish organizations in the area, in an effort to engage local residents in their Jewish community and enrich their own Jewish life. The Eastside ‘boundaries' are considered to begin at Port Everglades Expressway and extending all the way to Lighthouse Point.

If you would like to get involved in Eastside Community we have an active Eastside Initiative Committee with members representing various areas and age groups that work together to bring both programs & events to the Eastside. These events have the overarching goal of fundraising for those in need in our local Broward County community. 

Alona moved from Toronto, Canada to start her career at the Federation in 2012 and works as the Director of the Eastside Community and Women's Executive Circle and as the Israel Missions Coordinator. Originally born in the Ukraine, and having made Aliyah to Israel as a child and then eventually to Canada, Alona understands first-hand the great impact Federation has had on her own family's life, as well as other former-Soviet Jews. Upon graduating from York University with a double degree in Psychology and Law & Society, Alona chose to work in Jewish non-profit sector as a way of ‘paying it forward' and worked at Hillel of Greater Toronto coordinating Birthright Israel trips and doing outreach for Russian Jewish students. Alona says, "I am forever in debt to the Jewish community and the generous donors who had saved my family and had given me the opportunity to be where I am today".

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