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Hon. Judge Rachel Freier

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? 

A lot.

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. 

Not Ruchie. 

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.

One small step for a woman. One giant step for womankind. 

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Her husband called the local emergency service. Three men arrived without delay, but for Rachel, their presence was heavy and overwhelming. The anxiety made breathing more difficult. Luckily, she remembered where she’d saved the number of Ezras Nashim. Within minutes, female EMTs showed up. Calming, reassuring and understanding. “The women coaxed me into concentrating on my breathing and calming me down,” recounts Rachel. “They were wonderful, patiently explaining what was happening all the way to the hospital and staying on with me for a couple of hours. I’ll be forever grateful to Ezras Nashim.” Rachel, Brooklyn, NY.
She saved Ezras Nashim’s number to her speed dial, hoping she wouldn’t need it. She wasn’t even sure why she did that, but she did know that, if she had the super quick birth she dreaded, she didn't want a man rushing in to catch the baby. “That would’ve been traumatic for me. In any case, I didn’t dream it would get to that.” Famous last words. When labor came on heavily at home, she speed dialed Ezras Nashim. "The dispatcher was calm, patient and reassuring. Within minutes, two incredible lifesavers appeared at my house, turning the bathroom into a hospital room. I cannot even describe the professionalism they displayed. My baby Rivka’le came so fast, but they were faster. To have personally witnessed and experienced Ezras Nashim in action is a gift." And that was just the beginning. The way they expertly took care of the newborn, swaddled her and handed her to an emotional Chani, brought to her mind Shifra and Puah, the Jewish midwives. "Your selfless, dedicated women came into my life to create a miracle and you quietly slipped out when you were done.” Chani, Brooklyn, NY.
She says her worst fear was fainting and waking up to a group of men treating her. So she dialed Ezras Nashim fast. Within minutes, their ambulance was on the way. Ortal did pass out, but Ezras Nashim members were there to treat her. “They made sure I felt safe, respected and covered at all times — as they got me into the ambulance and while transporting me to the hospital. They didn’t leave my side for a minute, assuring me they’d be there in case I’d pass out again. That knowledge really calmed me down.” But what really moved her, was that the EMTs later reached out to check how she felt or if they could help further in any way. “That was unbelievably sweet and thoughtful and really made me feel engulfed in their compassion. Thank you for your professionalism and care.” Ortal, Brooklyn, NY.