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At a supper Sunday night marking the opening of the campaign of the Associated Jewish Charities for $590,000, Baltimore Jewry enthusiastically replied to appeals and subscribed $303,957. The campaign will run for a week.

Sidney Lansburgh, president of the charities organization, presided and introduced the speakers at the function, which was held at the Lyric Theatre. The invocation was pronounced by Rabbi William Rosenau, of the Eutaw Place Temple, who was followed by Harry Greenstein, executice director of the Associated Jewish Charities, who outlined the work of the organization and its 18 constituent societies. The appeal for subscriptions was made by Jacob Blaustein.

As Mr. Blaustein closed his appeal and called for subscriptions, A. Ray Katz, son-in-law of Jacob Epstein, president of American Wholesale Corporation, announced that Mr. Epstein would contribute 5 per cent of the total raised in the campaign, and wished it to exceed the amount stipulated. Mr. Blaustein then announced a subscription of 2 per cent of the total, or a minimum of $10,000, in the name of himself and his wife, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Blaustein, and Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Thalheimer.

Announcing a subscription of $10,000 for himself and his wife, Aaron Straus appealed for large contributions. The second $10,000 contribution was sent in by Mr. and Mrs. Morton Samuels. Mr. and Mrs. Alex Hecht gave $6,000, Mr. and Mrs. William Levy $5,600, and Mr. and Mrs. Moses S. Hecht $5,500.

Contributors of $5,000 included Mr. and Mrs. Max Hochschild, Mr. and Mrs. Sigmund Kann, S. and N. Katz, Mr. and Mrs. A. Ray Katz, and Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Lansburgh.

Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Westheimer, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Westheimer, and Mr. and Mrs. Milton Westheimer, subscribed a total of $5,000.

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