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Jewish Federation takes in $4.5 million in fund drive

February 22, 2010 |  5:54 pm

More than 500 volunteers raised $4.5 million over the weekend in an annual phone-a-thon for the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, a spokeswoman said Monday.

Thousands of community members were called and asked to make donations for Super Sunday, an event that kicks off the federation’s annual campaign. The campaign typically raises about $50 million, said Rhonda Seaton, a spokeswoman for the organization.

Last year, $4.4 million was raised on the first day. This year was right “on target,” Seaton said.

The annual campaign is one of the largest for the Los Angeles Jewish community.  The funds are used for a variety of services in the L.A. community and abroad, including job training and emergency cash grants.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz