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.

Members

Israel Today Membership

Read all member content. Access exclusive, in-depth reports from Israel! Free Zoom events. Connect with Israel right from your home! Raise a voice of truth and hope. Support Faith-based journalism in Jerusalem!

Monthly
Membership

$5
/ month
Full access to Israel Today's Member-only content on all Digital Platforms.
Become a Member

Yearly
Membership

$46
/ year
Full access to Israel Today's Member-only content on all Digital Platforms.
Save 18% Per Month.
Become a Member

Six Months
Membership

$28
every 6 months
Full access to Israel Today's Member-only content on all Digital Platforms.
Save 9% Per Month.
Become a Member

Leave a Reply

Israel Today Newsletter

Daily news

FREE to your inbox

Israel Heute Newsletter

Tägliche Nachrichten

KOSTENLOS in Ihrer Inbox

Subscribe to our Daily Newsletter