Judge Rachel Freier, founder of Ezras Nashim, wears many hats on top of being a paramedic — not least of which is US Civil Court Judge.
Elected as Judge in 2016, it was a step up from her career in law, where she was licensed to practice in New York, New Jersey and Washington DC.
As a wife, mother, grandmother and longtime community activist, Ruchie — as she is better known — made history as the first Chassidic woman elected to public office, earning an honor from her alma maters, Touro College and Brooklyn Law School.
Very nice, but what does that have to do with Ezras Nashim — Ruchi’s current project?
Establishing an ambulance corps needs a lot of legal wrangling. Licenses, permits, qualifications, to name a few.
Who better than Judge Freier to tackle that?
So when a group of Chassidic female EMTs in Borough Park asked her to assist them in volunteering for women during emergencies, she didn’t just smile her pretty smile and move on.
Ruchie was the one who founded Chasdei Devorah, a non profit—-, in memory of her friend. She founded B’Derech, a non profit advocating for adolescents in the Chassidic community.
She could do it again.
She dove in head-on, training first as an EMT and then as a paramedic, at CLI, North Shore — so she could be a truly effective leader.
Gavel in hand, stethoscope in other, Ruchi has successfully bridged the gap for women in emergency medical care.