Spotlight on Rachel Durango-Cohen

Being in BESSY board has been an extremely fulfilling experience for me. I love engaging with other socially conscious kids at Beth Emet,” said Rachel Durango-Cohen.


Rachel is a freshman at Evanston Township High School (ETHS) and the social media chair for BESSY (Beth Emet Senior Synagogue Youth). After spending most of last year at home, Rachel challenged herself to be more engaged both in school and at BE. This meant adding to her busy figure skating schedule. In addition to the 15-20 hours she spends in the rink weekly, Rachel also competes for ETHS’ Math Team, serves as a contributing writer (in Portuguese) for The Magazine of Unspoken Languages at ETHS (The Mule), is part of ETHS’ first Improv Club troop, and a member of the Israeli club.

Rachel hopes to pursue a career in engineering, and is currently a member of ETHS’ Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (WiSTEM) club, and as well as a science bowl competitor for Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE, Jr). This fall Rachel competed in the US Figure Skating Championship Series held in Fort Wayne, IN and performed for the 12th year in a row in the Robert Crown’s production of the “Nutcracker on Ice.”

Beth Emet has so many amazing members, each offering unique talents to the greater community. Share your news with all of us so we can both celebrate and get to know one another a bit better…. Especially during these (mostly) virtual times. Send your news to Bekki Kaplan, and if possible, please include a photo!