Felix M. Warburg, chairman of the executive committee of the Graduate School for Jewish Social Work, emphasized that the life of a social worker is not an easy one in the welcome address at the eighth annual commencement exercises of the Graduate School yesterday afternoon at the Federation Building, 71 West Forty-seventh street.
“You go out at a time when your position is very important. The calling of the life you have chosen is difficult, it is not a bed of roses,” he told the graduates. Mr. Warburg also stressed the need of unselfishness in the social service. “Remember the people you are to serve but forget yourself,” he concluded.
Another speaker, I. Edwin Goldwasser, treasurer of the school and co-chairman of the Greater New York drive of the United Jewish Appeal, said that non-local responsibilities should be upheld with the same sincerity as local ones.
Other speakers included Dr. William F. Russell, dean of Teachers College, Columbia University, Dr. Solomon Lowenstein, director of the Federation and Dr. Maurice J. Karpf, director of the school.
POINTS TO DIFFERENCE
Dr. Lowenstein pointed out that there is a difference between a Jewish social worker and a non-Jewish worker. “What you do is taken as representative of the Jewish people,” he declared.
Dr. Karpf made the charge to the graduates and awarded degrees and certificates. Four earlier graduates of the school received Master of Social Service degrees and eleven candidates were presented with certificates.
The eleven are: Beatrice Barasch, Mollie K. Birkin, Shulamith Burnstein, Alexander W. Erlen, Isaac Fuhrman, Theodore R. Isenstadt, Gertrude Levinson, Isabel Louisson, Joseph Rose, Gertrude A. Schnabel and Ella R. Schneideman.
The four recipients of degress were Isabelle Berlin, Benjamin B. Goldman, Rachel Schulman and Harold Silver.