With Sigma Rho Lambda’s annual “Sweet Treat” event coming up, there’s no better time to spotlight SRL President Maggie Lowenberg. Lowenberg is a 21-year-old junior International Affairs major at the University of Colorado who is originally from Columbia, Mo. She is also a 6th grade Hebrew School teacher at Har HaShem. She’s also one of my best friends. Lowenberg answered 4 questions for the Boulder Jewish News.
What made you become involved in the Jewish community at CU, and what inspired you to be SRL president?
I grew up in a much smaller and inactive Jewish community, before I arrived at CU. I wanted to get involved in the community, but I didn’t know how. When I joined SRL, I found my niche in the Jewish community. The women of the organization inspired me and helped me develop my Jewish identity. My role of president fell naturally, because I enjoy leadership and had goals to progress our sisterhood internally and externally within the CU community.
What is the goal of SRL?
The goal of Sigma Rho Lambda can be described in our Preamble: “To foster and promote sisterly love.” We want to redefine what it means to be a Greek Jewish woman and provide a sub-community for Jewish women at CU.
Besides Jewish organizations, what else do you do with your time?
I recently finished my internship with Jared Polis for Congress, and I will be applying for an internship in the Congressman’s district office. I also enjoy a good weekend in the mountains skiing!
How does teaching religious school inspire you? What do you learn from teaching?
I teach 6th grade religious school at Har HaShem. Our curriculum this year is focusing on Jewish heritage and the development of our ancestral Jewish identity. The number one thing I have learned is the importance of developing the relationship of learning from my students and my students learning from me. I hope that I inspire them to understand more about their identity as they enter the age of Bar and Bat Mitzvahs.