Advocate for Holocaust Remembrance & Awareness
Loren Galler Rabinowitz was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19, 1986. Three weeks later, she traveled with her parents to Barbados, where her mother, a professor at Harvard Medical school, has run a center for malnourished children since the early 1970s. Growing up in Boston and Barbados, Loren has always known that she would commit her life to serving others. Read More >
Deadly Medicine: Reflecting on the Holocaust & Creating the Master Race
National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
As a female physician, Loren is passionate about empathy and advocacy for women in medicine. Her personal essay on sexism in medical training, was published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, and details the hurdles and frustrations that female medical trainees face during medical training. In this talk, she outlines strategies for dealing with and overcoming gender bias in the workplace, such as: participating in amplification of female voices and ideas, introducing oneself as a doctor, using instances of sexism as learning opportunities and enlisting male allies. Through these actions, Loren advocates for improving patient care by creating a more equitable medical culture.
Take it from this figure-skating, piano-playing, poetry-writing doctor, and the only Jewish contestant at the 2011 Miss America Pageant: being different is not always easy. Loren Galler Rabinowitz speaks about her desire to break boundaries and defy stereotypes in her athletic and academic careers as well as in her role as a pageant winner. Loren believes that we are each given a unique voice, and it is our responsibility to use those voices to make positive change.
As a grandchild of two Holocaust survivors, Loren Galler Rabinowitz is constantly reminded that she belongs to a legacy of survivorship and resilience that has existed for thousands of years. Her grandparents' wartime stories were infused with a deep faith and a commitment to ending intolerance. Being the only Jewish person in many of the arenas she has entered—be they skating rinks or the Miss America stage—has forced Rabinowitz to confront, head-on, the positives and negatives of being different in a world where there is a high premium on fitting in. Loren speaks passionately about her grandmother's story of survival in the Holocaust, and the lessons about resilience, faith, and strength of character that were passed down to her through her mother and grandmother. By bravely taking up the work of predecessors, that is, the fight against bigotry and prejudice, her generation of Jews is redefining success on its own terms.
Loren Galler Rabinowitz made her first service trip at three weeks of age to Barbados, where her mother, a professor of medicine at Harvard, has run a center for malnourished children since the early 1970s. Growing up in Boston and Barbados, Loren has always known that she would commit her life to serving others. As an athlete, Loren donated many performances, and much of her time, to charity. While a student at Harvard, Loren volunteered at a local hospital and continued to use her love for figure skating to help causes that were important to her. Upon graduation, Loren was named the winner of Harvard's Le Baron Briggs Prize, "for her work as a humanitarian and poet." In 2010, Loren gave a year of service to her state as Miss Massachusetts, attending over one hundred charity events and speaking about the importance of giving. Loren received the Miracle Maker Award at the 2011 Miss America Pageant in recognition of raising more money for the Children's Miracle Networks than any other Miss America contestant. Read More >
She graduated from medical school and completed a residency in internal medicine at Columbia University, and is currently a fellow in gastroenterology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, where she is deeply committed to improving communication and empathy between doctors and patients. Read Less ^
"Reading Loren Galler Rabinowitz’s bio is a humbling experience: a world skating champion, a graduate of Harvard College, former Miss Massachusetts, a current medical student at Columbia University… I could go on. But even more impressive is knowing her. Her grace, her discipline, her dedication to the great human causes she believes in and invests her time in are all examples of what make her so unique. Loren’s strength comes from her family—all so talented in their own right; it was her grandparents, survivors of the Holocaust, that taught her the value of respecting others, speaking out for what is right, and persevering through the most impossible of circumstances. Loren is someone who truly can and will do anything she sets her mind to, and with the greatest level of competence and success."
"Loren, I spoke of you and your accomplishments as an example of our extraordinary undergraduate body at a recent California alumna talk... I loved the quote in the Boston Globe where you spoke about fundamentally just wanting to contribute to a better world!"
"Loren is the complete package: professional figure skater, poet, scholar, and Miss Massachusetts; beauty, brains, and muscle all in one... When Loren spoke at the induction ceremony, I speak for the entire Hall of Fame Committee when I say how eloquent she was and how moved we were by her talking about her experiences working with her physician-mother at her clinic and as the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors. In the 20 years of directing the Hall of Fame I can say without reservation that I have never met anyone like Loren... she is an amazing woman."
"Loren speaks with extraordinary eloquence and heartfelt passion about the experiences of her grandparents during the Holocaust. She has used her year as Miss Massachusetts as a vehicle to relate their story to thousands of people throughout the Commonwealth and beyond, imbuing her audiences with a profound understanding of the importance of remembering. Those among us who strive to ensure that 'never again"' are more than idle words are grateful for Loren's commitment and invaluable contributions."
"I have never received so many emails about an event before… the raves went on and on about how humble and grateful Loren is for for all she has received. Loren was by far the best of all our speakers in past years."
"With her gorgeous smile, delightful personality, and thoughtful speech, Loren charmed and entertained our synagogue members as she spoke at our Sisterhood Shabbat at Temple Emanuel in January, 2012. Using her humor as well as her sharp intelligence, Loren spoke of her family history and the Holocaust, her story of becoming Miss Massachusetts, and how life often comes full circle. We had heard a lot about Loren and our expectations were high, and she still managed to amaze us. Thank you, Loren!"
"Having Loren as our featured speaker truly made the evening an unforgettable one. The feedback we have been receiving since that evening has been overwhelming. People are in awe of Loren, her accomplishments and her grandparents’ story."
"Wow - it was absolutely our pleasure to have Loren speak at Drew. The students loved her and the Holocaust Center folks were equally impressed. I have gotten great feedback from everyone. I believe Loren’s term was "fairy dust", and we thank her so much for sprinkling a bit of it on us. In fact, would you believe we have a movement to start at 3G group on our campus - all inspired by Loren’s visit!"