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Federation Council Assessing Damages to Jewish Community in Wake of Earthquake

The Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles is in the process of assessing the amount of damage inflicted upon Jewish community centers, shops, synagogues and private homes during the violent earthquake yesterday that shook the Los Angeles area. Albert Bronstein, executive director of Federation told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that while the damage suffered by the Los Angeles Jewish community could not be immediately assessed, it appeared “limited.” “The Federation building,” he reported, “sustained some minor structural damage.” He observed that most people had suffered greater emotional shock rather than actual physical harm. “It was a terrifying thing,’ he said. He also informed the JTA that despite the chaos created by the quake, most Jewish community activities were proceeding along normally. The quake, which left its heaviest marks in central and northern Los Angeles and particularly the San Fernando Valley, killed at least 24 persons and injured hundreds of others.