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New York Jewish Federation Launches Its $22,500,000 Drive for Year

An increase of 12 percent in contributions at a pre-campaign dinner marked the launching today of the 46th annual drive of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies to raise $22,500,000 for its 116 affiliated medical and welfare institutions.

Bernard J. Lasker, campaign chairman, said 205 guests pledged a total of $2,257,000 at the pre-campaign event. He reported that the rise in the goal for this year as compared with last year was made necessary by three major conditions.

He said these were a rise of at least 10 percent in persons requiring assistance from federation agencies in the coming year, the higher cost of supplies, services, wages and equipment used by the agencies, and an increase in the number of agencies receiving Federation support.

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