NEW YORK (Jun. 15)
Col. Josiah Wedgwood, Member of Parliament, received the honorary degree Doctor of Hebrew Letters today at the 15th annual commencement exercises of the Jewish Institute of Religion. The degree was awarded by Rabbi Stephem S. Wize, founder and president of the institute.
The honorary degree of Doctor of Laws was conferred upon Governor Herbert H. Lehman by the Jewish Theological Seminary, the presentation being made by President Dr. Louis Finkelstein, who cited the Governor’s devotion throughout his life “to every great humanitarian under taking,” his “selfless service on behalf of the people of this State and Nation,” and his “unstinting sacrifice of thought and energy in helping the community meet its complicated problems.”
The honorary degree of Doctor of Hebrew Letters was awarded to three men cited for their notable contributions to Hebrew learning: Prof. Viktor Aptowitzer (in absentia) formerly of the Israelitisch-theologische Lehranstalt in Vienna and now a Palestine resident; Prof. Saul Lieberman, visiting Professor of Palestinian Literature and Institutions at the Seminary, and Israel Matz, founder of the Israel Matz Foundation.
The commencement exercises, at which 12 graduates of the Rabbinical School were ordained, and 56 members of the Seminary’s three other departments received degrees and diplomas, were preceded by the unveiling of tablets in memory of Dr. Cyrus Adler and Felix M. Warburg.