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New York - Female Chasidic Lawyer Announces Plans To Run For Open Brooklyn Civil Court Judge Position

Published on: April 12, 2016 12:14 PM
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Mrs. Freier is the founder and CEO of the  all women’s Ezras Nashim ambulance companyMrs. Freier is the founder and CEO of the all women’s Ezras Nashim ambulance company

Brooklyn, NY - A Chasidic woman from Borough Park has set her sights on becoming a Brooklyn civil court justice, hoping to be voted into the spot on the bench vacated by Noach Dear who was elected to a 15 year State Supreme Court term this past November.

Ruchie Freier, a lawyer who has spent the last several years helping an all-female volunteer ambulance corps get off the ground, said that she has long dreamed of a judgeship.

“Advocating for the little guy has always been my passion,” Mrs. Freier told VIN News.  “People ask me why I want to do this, but there is no why. This is how I was created and if you ask my sisters, they will tell you that even as a kid I was always sticking up for everyone else, speaking up when I felt something had to be corrected.”

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Mrs. Freier, the mother of six, has a long history of advocacy.  She established B’Derech over seven years ago to help young men in the Chasidic community who were slipping through the cracks in the yeshiva system, providing them with educational opportunities and a GED vocational program.  When a group of women approached Mrs. Freier six years ago asking her to spearhead their effort to create the all women’s Ezras Nashim ambulance company, she jumped on board without a moment’s hesitation.

“It was an opportunity to speak for women who felt they didn’t have a voice,” said Mrs. Freier.  “As I have matured in my legal profession I have found that my persona wasn’t a good fit for the big corporations.  I am there for the regular person, the guy who needs help buying a house, or the boy who can’t get into a yeshiva.  Those are the footsteps I want to continue to walk in, only this time as a civil court judge.”

Mrs. Freier will be facing off in the Democratic primary on September 13th against Mordechai Avigdor for the seat formerly held by Dear in the Fifth Municipal Court District which includes Borough Park, Ditmas Park, Kensington and several surrounding areas.  Avigdor, a Flatbush resident, is the former counsel to Agudath Israel of America.

Having two Orthodox Jewish candidates going head to head in the primary will likely result in a tight race.

“I have worked with both candidates in different capacities for a great number of years and have tremendous respect for them both,” said Assemblyman Dov Hikind.  “I think that each of them would make a great civil court judge.”

Mrs. Freier said she doesn’t believe that gender will be an issue when it comes to the election.

“There may be some who won’t want to vote for a woman but I think it really depends on the person,” said Mrs. Freier.  “People said the same thing when I started my law practice and while there were those who didn’t come, there were many more who did. I need to know that I tried my best and I am running on my track record of doing the right thing and being there for the small person who needs someone to speak up for them.”

With several female judges already serving in the city’s civil court system, a female presidential candidate vying for a spot on the Democratic ticket and Devorah the prophetess setting a biblical precedent as a female judge, Mrs. Freier noted that having women taking on influential roles is nothing new.

Mrs. Freier is already in the process of acquiring volunteers for her upcoming campaign and hopes to begin collecting signatures for the required petitions in June.  She hopes that other Orthodox women will follow in her footsteps and pursue their dreams.

“It may take longer and be harder because of your familial obligations but if you want to do something, don’t let anything stand in your way,” said Mrs. Freier.


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 Apr 12, 2016 at 12:43 PM Ina Says:

Good luck to Mrs. Freier.
By the way, whatever happened with the Ezra Noshim?

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 01:39 PM jason Says:

I hope she succeeds at everything she aspires. A true example of an Orthodox woman and great role model.

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 01:44 PM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

I will vote for her, not an Aguda appointee, the same Aguda that supports de bozo.

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 01:57 PM Anonymous Says:

I know both of them, and will need to abstain from the vote. I think each of them would qualify for the position, and each would be an asset to a system that needs fair, honest, dedicated people. Dov Hikind is correct in acknowledging this.

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 02:06 PM Rabbi_CS Says:

Great to see that an accomplished woman can succeed in this day and age.

Also great to see that some things never change, and some clueless ones will condescend to people who are of a caliber they can never dream of attaining.

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 02:11 PM Anonymous Says:

If Noach Dear was able to do the job without ever having been a practicing attorney, this fine woman is 100000% more qualified.

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 02:17 PM Erlich Says:

kiddush Hashem. Kol Hakavod.

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 02:21 PM Anonymous Says:

This is wonderful news but its a bit misleading to represent her as a chasidishe woman without revealing her background. Ruchy is a Bais Yakov graduate who married a chasidishe woman as an adult. Thus she had a great Bais Yakov education that enabled her to become the lawyer she is today and run for office as well. I am not sure if she would have been where she is today had she gone to a mainstream chasidishe school since most chasidishe girls don't go to college or law school for that matter (there are some exceptions but that is not relevant here). If she is running for office then she needs to be transparent about these kinds of things if she wants to come across as honest and trustworthy. Otherwise, I wish her good luck and hope she can do good for all Jews living in Brooklyn regardless of their religious affiliation.

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 02:25 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

If Noach Dear was able to do the job without ever having been a practicing attorney, this fine woman is 100000% more qualified.

Couldn't stop laughing .How true .

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 02:52 PM Mark Levin Says:

She seems to have too much time on her hands.

Justice is supposed to be blind. She is not supposed to go onto the bench in order to "advocate for the little guy." If a little guy is guilty, they are just as guilty as a big person. This is actually in the Torah!

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 03:02 PM 2 cents Says:

mrs. frier a good woman and probaly will do a very fine job but against mordy avigdor not a chance not so much because the lady / man although thats still part of it . but mordy comes with 30 years of public service and well rspected by all the circles

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 03:11 PM yosephchaim Says:

כל כבודה בת מלך פנימה.here we have a woman thats doing the opposite of what the torah teaches us. How can any person who considers himself frum vote for her??
Also, maybe the same way she picks and chooses from the torah what to keep and what not to keep, she will do the same in the law book? How can someone like this be a judge???

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 04:02 PM Anonymous Says:

Chasidic women belong home with the kinder. Hashem does not look favorably on this. Very bad idea.

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 04:12 PM savtainsandiego Says:

To Alterknacker: Why do you suggest Rebbetzin Freier should "calm down, sleep it over and think again?" Are you bothered because she is a woman? Are you bothered because she opted for a career atypical of Chassidishe women? Why continue the sterotypes? I am certain this woman thought long and hard and earned her domestic and professional successes. She has every right to pursue the career of her dreams. I live in another State so have no stake in this election. My hope is that voters will take time to learn about the candidates and make intelligent decisions at the ballot box - no matter if it is a local, State, or Federal election.

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 04:14 PM mewhoze Says:

#9, Ruchy is a Bais Yakov graduate who married a chasidishe woman as an adult. ??????? say what???????

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 04:14 PM #neverhLAIRy Says:

Reply to #11  
Mark Levin Says:

She seems to have too much time on her hands.

Justice is supposed to be blind. She is not supposed to go onto the bench in order to "advocate for the little guy." If a little guy is guilty, they are just as guilty as a big person. This is actually in the Torah!

Agree with you 100%, liberals have poisoned everything, they call it social justice. That not justices, justice about who is right.

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 04:17 PM Goldilocks Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

This is wonderful news but its a bit misleading to represent her as a chasidishe woman without revealing her background. Ruchy is a Bais Yakov graduate who married a chasidishe woman as an adult. Thus she had a great Bais Yakov education that enabled her to become the lawyer she is today and run for office as well. I am not sure if she would have been where she is today had she gone to a mainstream chasidishe school since most chasidishe girls don't go to college or law school for that matter (there are some exceptions but that is not relevant here). If she is running for office then she needs to be transparent about these kinds of things if she wants to come across as honest and trustworthy. Otherwise, I wish her good luck and hope she can do good for all Jews living in Brooklyn regardless of their religious affiliation.

Ruchie Freier was raised in a chasidishe home and has always been open, honest, and PROUD of the education she received at Bais Yaakov. To say that she had been anything less than transparent about her educational background is incorrect. She frequently gives credit to Bais Yaakov for her success as a professional in particular and Jewish wife and mother in general.

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 04:23 PM Boochie Says:

Since when was it a judges job to advocate for the little guy? The little guy in this country most of the time is more guilty then the big guy

80% of those credit card cases dear was famous for was some "little guy" who spent money he didn't have, and the big guy had to eat the loss

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 05:38 PM BaruchHashem Says:

Reply to #13  
yosephchaim Says:

כל כבודה בת מלך פנימה.here we have a woman thats doing the opposite of what the torah teaches us. How can any person who considers himself frum vote for her??
Also, maybe the same way she picks and chooses from the torah what to keep and what not to keep, she will do the same in the law book? How can someone like this be a judge???

I am a frum person and will definitely be voting for Ruchy. I've known her for over 15 years and have seen what a hard working dedicated person she is. I think she would do a fantastic job and wish her best of luck!
If I had any free time I'd volunteer to campaign for her

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 05:42 PM misol51 Says:

Reply to #13  
yosephchaim Says:

כל כבודה בת מלך פנימה.here we have a woman thats doing the opposite of what the torah teaches us. How can any person who considers himself frum vote for her??
Also, maybe the same way she picks and chooses from the torah what to keep and what not to keep, she will do the same in the law book? How can someone like this be a judge???

Apparently you don't know what "kol Kvoda"..means. To Muslims it means wearing a burka and staying at home. To the Torah it means behaving with modesty and dignity while achieving that which Hakadosh Baruch Hu has chosen to bless us with individually. Kol Kvoda is as much Tzipporah giving her son a Bris when Moshe didn't as it is Dvorah leading Bnai Yisroel when necessary or Chana davening privately to hashem as a lesson for all Klal Yisroel. Dignity, and modesty while living up to the brochos hashem gave us is the meaning of Kol Kvoda Bas Melech Pnima.

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 05:44 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
Ina Says:

Good luck to Mrs. Freier.
By the way, whatever happened with the Ezra Noshim?

Nothing has changed the Ezras Noshim is still open for women to daven on Shabbos.

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 06:22 PM shvache_teritz Says:

Reply to #21  
misol51 Says:

Apparently you don't know what "kol Kvoda"..means. To Muslims it means wearing a burka and staying at home. To the Torah it means behaving with modesty and dignity while achieving that which Hakadosh Baruch Hu has chosen to bless us with individually. Kol Kvoda is as much Tzipporah giving her son a Bris when Moshe didn't as it is Dvorah leading Bnai Yisroel when necessary or Chana davening privately to hashem as a lesson for all Klal Yisroel. Dignity, and modesty while living up to the brochos hashem gave us is the meaning of Kol Kvoda Bas Melech Pnima.

You sound very confused.

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 06:31 PM inNY Says:

Reply to #21  
misol51 Says:

Apparently you don't know what "kol Kvoda"..means. To Muslims it means wearing a burka and staying at home. To the Torah it means behaving with modesty and dignity while achieving that which Hakadosh Baruch Hu has chosen to bless us with individually. Kol Kvoda is as much Tzipporah giving her son a Bris when Moshe didn't as it is Dvorah leading Bnai Yisroel when necessary or Chana davening privately to hashem as a lesson for all Klal Yisroel. Dignity, and modesty while living up to the brochos hashem gave us is the meaning of Kol Kvoda Bas Melech Pnima.

I agree with you 100%

let's turn this around, Men who cause all kinds of shame to us Jews, by doing and dealing unethically in business, and because of that we get besmeared in the media lately almost daily is that a form of Tzinot.

all those who are always bz with Kol Kevidah are 'Pista Ami'riatizim..

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 09:27 PM BLONDI Says:

Reply to #14  
Anonymous Says:

Chasidic women belong home with the kinder. Hashem does not look favorably on this. Very bad idea.

Are you HaShem's lawyer? Then please don't be anonymous. Proclaim your name, loudly!!!

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 10:03 PM Moireinu Says:

כל כבודה בת מלך פנימה does not mean youre not aloud to study @ Bais Yakov. it does not mean you have to be just a Cook. Laundry lady. Cleaning Women. Server. Umo huivriah. Bear children. Nurse & feed them. be a Bread winner. send off the children to Yeshivas & Schools. keep on worrying. sit home for your Abuser and Manipulater. between 4 walls. become depressed. end up on pills. no vacationing. cuz you have to be ready for your MASTER chief in command. he claims. כל כבודה בת מלך פנימה Mrs R. Freier Keep up your Spirits, Keep up your Talents and Good Work. we have to learn from our Forfathers. we just had the Yom Tov Purim the whole NES PURIM came from a Female. Queen ESTHER. Our Rebbe . Moshe Rabbeinu O.H. had a Sister Miriam who saved her Brother . to become Moshe Emes Vetoirusoi Emes. we can go on and on. Mrs. Freier with Hashems help you can be Gevaldig. doing a Kiddush Hashem helping out Hashems children. and same time making Parnoosa on the BENCH. your a MENTCH. Hatzlacha Rabbah Health & Wealth. Yiddish Nachas of your Children עד ביאת הגואל במהרה,,בניסן נגאלו ובניסן עתידין ליגאל,,,

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 10:13 PM chugibugi Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

This is wonderful news but its a bit misleading to represent her as a chasidishe woman without revealing her background. Ruchy is a Bais Yakov graduate who married a chasidishe woman as an adult. Thus she had a great Bais Yakov education that enabled her to become the lawyer she is today and run for office as well. I am not sure if she would have been where she is today had she gone to a mainstream chasidishe school since most chasidishe girls don't go to college or law school for that matter (there are some exceptions but that is not relevant here). If she is running for office then she needs to be transparent about these kinds of things if she wants to come across as honest and trustworthy. Otherwise, I wish her good luck and hope she can do good for all Jews living in Brooklyn regardless of their religious affiliation.

You have no idea what you are talking about,thousands of chasidishe families sent their daughters to Bais Yacov, like Bobov,Ger,Klausenburg,etc,etc,
And by the way genius,she did NOT marry a chasidishe woman it was a chasidishe yungerman she married LOL.

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 Apr 13, 2016 at 06:09 AM Hillary Says:

wow this will be a all women's election.. on one ballot will be Hillary Clinton for President, and on other ballot will be a woman for Judge...

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 Apr 13, 2016 at 06:44 AM NishtAGoan Says:

Mrs. Freier gets my vote. Not that I am familiar with her legal career and policies. But she is truly a mentsch who has given of herself to the community. A true baalas Chesed. She deserves this promotion in her career ladder. Good Luck and much Hatzlochu.

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 Apr 13, 2016 at 09:11 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #21  
misol51 Says:

Apparently you don't know what "kol Kvoda"..means. To Muslims it means wearing a burka and staying at home. To the Torah it means behaving with modesty and dignity while achieving that which Hakadosh Baruch Hu has chosen to bless us with individually. Kol Kvoda is as much Tzipporah giving her son a Bris when Moshe didn't as it is Dvorah leading Bnai Yisroel when necessary or Chana davening privately to hashem as a lesson for all Klal Yisroel. Dignity, and modesty while living up to the brochos hashem gave us is the meaning of Kol Kvoda Bas Melech Pnima.

Islam and Judaism are the same. I am an Orthodox Jewish woman who works with Muslim women. Our modesty laws are the same.

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 Apr 13, 2016 at 11:51 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #27  
chugibugi Says:

You have no idea what you are talking about,thousands of chasidishe families sent their daughters to Bais Yacov, like Bobov,Ger,Klausenburg,etc,etc,
And by the way genius,she did NOT marry a chasidishe woman it was a chasidishe yungerman she married LOL.

Bobov and Klausenberg are not Bais Yakov's. Ger may have the title of Bais Yakov in their name but they are a still a chasidishe school. Bais Yakov offers a better education than most chasidishe school which means that Ruchy had an advantage that girls from chasidishe schools do not have. But maybe you can explain how Bais Yakov is the same as chasidishe school and the girls in Bais Yakov get the same education as girls in chasidishe schools. And if its all the same thing then why don't the litvishe parent send their kids to chasidishe schools?

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 Apr 13, 2016 at 07:50 PM One Says:

Reply to #13  
yosephchaim Says:

כל כבודה בת מלך פנימה.here we have a woman thats doing the opposite of what the torah teaches us. How can any person who considers himself frum vote for her??
Also, maybe the same way she picks and chooses from the torah what to keep and what not to keep, she will do the same in the law book? How can someone like this be a judge???

So woman working to support their husband’s learning (a new phenomenon) is not a בת פנימה issue? It’s you who pick and choose.

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 Apr 24, 2016 at 10:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Another great Sandy Eller article!

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 Apr 24, 2016 at 10:18 PM Anonymous Says:

Ruchie, you are the BEST! Wishing you lots of success in everything you do! You will make a great Kiddush Hashem, as always!

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 Jun 05, 2016 at 09:57 AM shalom770 Says:

I hope you win. You make me proud to be a Jewish woman. If I lived in NY I would vote for you!

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