Rachel Freier may stand just 5 feet tall, but her accomplishments stack up to unprecedented heights. Freier is the first Hasidic Jewish woman to become a judge in the history of New York State.
Freier is accustomed to breaking expectations. Born and raised in Brooklyn, she became a lawyer and launched a charity for an all-female Hasidic EMT service. She even became a paramedic herself so she could volunteer in the field.
For much of her life, Freier was living in two worlds. In one, she was a Hasidic woman respecting the traditions of her religion. In another, she was a professional hoping to work hard and become a lawyer. She found success in bringing the two worlds together.
Freier said that while some members of the Hasidic community criticize her for becoming a judge, many Hasidic men, including her husband, welcomed bringing more diversity to government as well as being a non-traditional role model to the community.
It was a historic moment as Ruchie Freier, a Chasidic female lawyer and the founder of the all female Ezras Nashim volunteer ambulance corps, was inducted as a civil court judge at Brooklyn Borough Hall.