BALTIMORE (Jun. 16)
Degrees and diplomas were presented to 52 graduates of the Baltimore Hebrew College academic and high school departments at graduation exercises here tonight. Certificiates were presented to the eight graduates of the college Institute of Jewish Studies.
Harry Greenstein, executive director of the Associated Jewish Charities, received the honorary degree of Doctor of Hebrew Letters for a “distinguished, pioneering and creative career as communal leader and social welfare statement on behalf of his fellow men here and abroad.” He was recently named to the newly created post of vice-chairman of the Associated Jewish Charities Legacy and Endowment Fund.
Philip Bernstein, executive director of the Council of Federations and Welfare Funds, told the graduating class that Jewish educators should teach “a Judaism relevant to the needs and passions of our times.” Asserting that “too much of our Jewish education has ignored this relevance,” the CJFWF official asserted that, as a result, “many of our young people turn away from Judaism without ever knowing what they are turning away from.”
Jewish educators make a mistake when they “skew Jewish education to a complete concentration on tragedy and bitterness,” he said. He urged that Jewish youth be imbued with “the profound joys and satisfactions of Judaism” toward creation of another “tremendously creative Golden Age in Jewish education and Jewish communal life.” He paid tribute to Mr. Greenstein.