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Mrs. Louis Blaustein Announces $500,000 Gift to Baltimore Synagogue

September 13, 1956
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A gift of $500,000 by Mrs. Louis Blaustein to the Building Fund of the Oheb Shalom Congregation was announced here today. This is believed to be the largest individual gift ever made to an American synagogue. Mrs. Blaustein made the gift in memory of her late husband, Louis Blaustein, Baltimore industrialist and philanthropist.

The announcement of the gift gave impetus to the campaign for $2,250,000 being conducted by the congregation for the construction of a new synagogue, and community building. Mrs. Blaustein’s grant is to be used specifically for the construction of a community building adjoining the new Temple. The new community building will be known as “The Louis and Henrietta Blaustein Auditorium” and will house the cultural, social and certain of the religious activities of the congregation.

Over a period of years Mrs. Louis Blaustein has made a number of large gifts. Among these was the $1,000,000 grant a few years ago for the erection of the obstetrical and gynecological building of the Sinai Hospital unit at the new Jewish Medical Center here.

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