Professor Albert Einstein’s counsel urging America’s Jews to show the world “that love is stronger than hate and persecution,” was the theme of an address delivered at Temple Emanu-El, 1 East Sixty-fifth street, at last night’s “symbolic commencement exercises.” Degrees and diplomas denied German Jewish students on racial grounds were conferred “in absentia.”
Sponsored by the Junior Division of the New York United Jewish Appeal, the exercises inaugurated an effort by young men and women of this city to raise part of the $1,200,000 that is sought in New York for the relief of German Jews. More than seventy Jewish youth groups were among the sponsors.
Rabbi Samuel H. Goldenson, of Temple Emanu-El, delivered the “baccalaureate sermon.” The plight of Jewish youth in Germany was described by Louis Lipsky, co-chairman of the United Jewish Appeal, Dr. Henry Moskowitz and Rabbi Ralph A. Habas.
Dr. Frederick B. Robinson, president of the City College, sent a message expressing “the sincere sympathy of the academic bodies of America” for the Jewish students unable to graduate from German universities this summer because of their race.