Judge Rachel Freier
Sunday, June 16, 2019
2:30 – 4:00 pm
Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre, JCC Benderson Family Building
Rachel “Ruchie” Freier, a 53-year-old mother of six and grandmother many times over. Freier made headlines in 2016 when she was elected as a judge for the Kings County 5th Judicial District in New York, making her the first Hasidic woman to be a judge and the first Hasidic woman to be an elected office-holder of any kind in the U.S.
She’s also a licensed paramedic who founded “Ezras Nashim,” the first all-female volunteer ambulance corps, which was documented in the 2018 award-winning film “93Queen.” In addition, Freier has founded two charities: B’Derech, which helps at-risk youth in Orthodox Jewish communities, and Chasdei Devorah, which raises money for Jewish families in need.
Freier will share her inspirational story of how she began as a legal secretary to support her family and worked her way up, breaking barriers along the way, to become a paralegal, a legal intern for then-Sen. Hillary Clinton, a lawyer and, eventually, a judge.
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Sponsored by The TELLL Fund