Rivka Cohen


Where are you from:

Denver, CO



Speech-Language Pathology


Dream job:

SLP at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado working with children who have suffered from Traumatic Brain Injuries.

Favorite quarantine activity:

My favorite quarantine activity has been playing monopoly and card games with Zoe Weintraub and Megan Palonsky since we are all quarantined together.

What you will miss most about Chabad at NAU:

I can’t limit what I will miss about Chabad to one specific thing. I really enjoyed working in the kitchen for the past four years, and being the kitchen manager at the new center. I will absolutely miss my Rabbis and Rebbetzins as well as all of the people I have met through Chabad. I will miss Shabbat dinners and holidays with all of my friends and the family I have gotten away from home. Regardless, I can’t wait to come back and visit.


What are you looking forward to after graduation:

After graduation, I am looking forward to moving back to CO and starting my new life.

Advice for Jewish NAU Freshmen:

The advice that I can give to Jewish NAU Freshman is to go to Chabad. I know joining Chabad can be intense; you don’t know anyone and it might seem ‘too’ Jewish, but there are no labels, and no one is judged for how they choose to observe Judaism in their own way. Chabad has given me a family and I encourage everyone to at least give it a try for a couple of weeks before making a decision. Chabad was one of my absolute favorite parts of being at NAU and I hope everyone gets a chance to gain the same experiences I have.

Favorite class and least favorite class:

My favorite class at NAU has probably been my capstone (CSD 455C). My capstone has allowed me to learn more specifics about different speech and swallowing disorders. For my group’s symposium project, we were given the topic of Stroke related Aphasia in young adults. Aphasia is a branch of the field that I would like to go into, so it was really cool to study it and get an idea of what it looks like.

My least favorite class was definitely my Audiology course. I had a very difficult and rude professor, not to mention I just don’t like learning about Audiology. 

Fun fact about you:

A fun fact about me is that I have never been in the Sky Dome. My first time would’ve been graduation, but since that was canceled, I will have gone my full four years without ever going inside.


If you had $10,000 to donate to Chabad, what would you like it to go towards?

If I had $10,000 to give to Chabad, I would probably donate it to Shabbat dinners and holiday events. I really enjoyed these events and I would like to help make sure that others get a chance to as well.


What do you want to say to the donors, Rabbis, Rebbetzins and to all those who support Chabad at NAU:

To everyone who supports Chabad, I want to say thank you. You have helped us accomplish so much and gain so much as a community. Without your support, we wouldn’t have gotten our new building. I appreciate everything you have all done for us and for helping me gain the family here that I have. Thank you for taking care of me these past four years, and thank you for helping me express my Jewish identity throughout my college career in a safe and fun place.


What makes you proud about being Jewish:

There are many things that make me proud to be Jewish. I love being a part of a strong community where everyone is family regardless of where you are from. I love the support system that comes with being Jewish and being a part of a Jewish community. I am proud to be a part of a religion that is strong and can survive anything the world throws at them. Not to mention, I love the food!