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Jewish Federation Raises $42.7 Million to Aid Groups

January 30, 1998

The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles raised $42.7 million for local and worldwide social service projects in 1997, officials said Thursday.

About one-third of the money will go to 15 Los Angeles-area organizations serving children and families, patients with AIDS, people with Alzheimer's and other serious diseases, and victims of domestic abuse, said John Fishel, the group's executive vice president.

Most of the recipient groups are sectarian, Fishel said, but many serve Jews and non-Jews.

"Our goal is to raise funds . . . to assure that services are provided to those in need," Fishel said, "and to maintain our relationship to the Jews of Los Angeles and worldwide."

A large portion of United Jewish Fund proceeds go to humanitarian causes in Israel and Eastern European countries, Fishel said.

More than 5,000 volunteers contributed to myriad fund-raising efforts, including a massive telephone campaign.

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