Judge Rachel Freier, founder of Ezras Nashim, wears many hats on top of 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.
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Dr. Cherson is a former member of the NYC REMAC and former chair of the credentialing subcommittee. He is an active member of the Protocol and Medical Standards Committees.
On top of his storied career, he served in the Woodmere Fire Department for 30 years, rising to the ranks of EMS Medical Director and Fire District Surgeon.
Very nice, but how does putting out fires help advance our mission?
Working his way up the ladder, pun intended, and gracing the board of dozens of prestigious medical emergency boards, it was in his capacity at the FDNY’s department of mass casualty and weapons of mass destruction, that he ended up as the Medical Command Physician on the apocalyptic site of ground zero, on September 11, 2001.
Who better than Dr. Cherson to drive own our humble groundbreaking mission?
It doesn’t end there.
Thanks to his front line position, Ezras Nashim EMTs have the unique opportunity to join New York City EMTs by riding with them on FDNY ambulances as they respond to emergency calls.
Dr. Cherson is also a member of the New York City Regional Emergency Medical Advisory Committee, where he chairs the Certification and Credentialing Subcommittee and is an active member of the Protocol and Medical Standards Committees.
Leah Levine watched charity in action all her life. Volunteering for the community practically pulses through her veins. It’s therefore no surprise she chose to join her mother in bringing dignified emergency care to more women.
Leah graduated with honors from Touro College, earning her BA in psychology and human services. She took courses in both leadership and non-profit and is currently working towards an MBA in non-profit management. Admirably, she also completed an EMT training, proving that this is not just a profession, but a passion. Indeed, she was recently nominated for the Jefferson Award, in recognition for ‘outstanding commitment to public service’.
Her duties as COO include fundraising, recruitment, outreach, marketing, social media, operations management — and everything in between.
Young though she may be, she often represents Ezras Nashim for news and media engagements and has been featured in prominent newspapers, such as the NY Times and NY Post and aired on TV and radio, such as 1010 WINS, and the German TV Galilo, which garnered over a million views!
But while she prides herself in being the face of Ezras Nashim, she is first and foremost a devoted wife and mother to her little boy.
Comprised of volunteer women who are trained and licensed by New York State, our EMTs can treat pediatric, adolescent and geriatric emergencies.
As per our main goal, to assist women during emergency labor and delivery, our EMTs are particularly proficient in emergency labor and OB/GYN, and many are certified in neonatal resuscitation (NPR). Many of our members are also trained in complementing fields, such as paramedics, registered nurses and doulas, bringing a higher level of professionalism to the table.
Comprised of our founders, as well as a line-up of professionals in the medical field, the steering committee makes decisions on our policies and goals.
Comprised of volunteer women in the community, the dispatchers are trained to man the emergency lines from home, imparting calm and reassurance through the phone waves until help arrives.
Comprised of a group of prominent Rabbonim, the Rabbinic committee handles halachic and hashkafic issues as they arise. Ezras Nashim is endorsed by many gedolim, including Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, shlita, Rabbi Elya Dov Wachtfogel, shlita, and Rav Yitzchok Silberstein, shlita. Read written endorsements.
Comprised of our dedicated EMTs and other medical professionals, the operations committee makes decisions for the continued smooth running of daily operations.
Comprised of both men and women in the community with excellent business and non profit acumen, the Advisory Panel volunteer their time and expertise for consults on a regular basis.