Tucson Hebrew Academy held its eighth-grade graduation on Wednesday, May 8. During the ceremony, graduates reflected on their time at the school, and looked forward to the future, including THA’s annual eighth-grade trip to Israel. “THA not only has helped me grow and further my education but has shaped who I am, as well. I will never forget the memories I have created here,” Hadlie Polonski said. Ben O. said, “I’ve had a lot of teachers and I learned something from each of them. Like it says in the Talmud, ‘He alone is poor who does not possess knowledge.’ Because of THA I feel rich.” And Davis Yalen said, “This has been the moment I have been anticipating for so long. Even though I’m really looking forward to high school, I’m learning to live in the moment, and appreciate moments like this, because the future will come and the present will pass … When I think about going to Israel in just a couple of days, I am ready. I am ready to open a new chapter in my life and put into practice all that I’ve learned these past eight years.” Other graduates are: Lila Dessen, Talya Fleisher, Isabella Garcia, Lily Goldberg, Rylee Herman, Eliyahu Kahana, Adamari Pasillas, Bodhi Teufel, Dahlia Tolby, and Carly Wright.
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