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Tucson Hebrew High holds creative commencement

Front row (L-R): Erika Spivack, Natalie Feldman, Jillian Cassius, Michael Gross; second row: Geva Ozeri, Mallory Hulsey, Rachel Davenport, Rebecca Dubin, Maya Levy; Back: Yuval Barel, Aaron Green, Téa Weiner, Brandon Esbit, Rafael Herreras-Zinman. Not pictured: Isaac Hammer

“Live, from Tucson, it’s Tuesday night!” The class of 2019 kicked off the 41st Tucson High School for Jewish Studies (Hebrew High) Commencement on April 30 in the rousing spirit of “Saturday Night Live.” The program, driven and written by the students, featured all the hallmarks of SNL, includin g an opening skit, “Senior Update,” video montage credits, and a selection of parodies. Among the jokes about Hebrew High dinners and strong personalities were meaningful moments of inspiration as well, including poems, a D’var Torah, and a personal blessing for each graduate from Hebrew High Director Rabbi Ruven Barkan. The 15 graduates received gifts from Senior Class Advisor Sarah Artzi and their congregational rabbis. Nine also were awarded certificates for Hebrew for Credit.