America’s First Ultra-Orthodox Judge

For the first time in history, a Hasidic woman has been sworn in to public office in the US. Rachel Freier, a 51-year-old mother of six, has been appointed to serve as a civil court judge in the state of New York.

By Israel Today Staff |
PRETTY IMPRESSIVE Freier rose to the top while raising six children Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Freier, who is also a grandmother, earned a degree from Brooklyn Law School while raising her family. She practiced law in New York and also served on the community board in Borough Park, Brooklyn.

Freier is highly respected for founding a secular academic program that helps ultra-Orthodox men who had only been educated in yeshivas (seminaries) to get a high school diploma, allowing them to go on to college or seek employment. She also founded Ezras Nashim (Help for Women), an emergency medical technician program designed exclusively to meet the needs of religious women in the community. Freier herself still remains on call for Ezras Nashim.

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