Brooklyn, NY - Jewish Press Endorses Freier, Calling Her Role Model For Young Jewish Women
Brooklyn, NY - With just 33 days left until primary day in New York State, the Jewish Press has endorsed a female Chasidic attorney well known as a community activist for civil court judge in Brooklyn’s 5th Judicial District.
The judicial primary marks the first foray into elected office for Rachel Freier, who made headlines as the founder and director of Ezras Nashim, an women’s volunteer ambulance corps that responds to emergency calls from women in Brooklyn for reasons of modesty.
Mrs. Freier, a lawyer who is licensed in New York, New Jersey and Washington D.C. and with offices in both Brooklyn and Kiryas Joel, is facing off against two other candidates in the primary, lawyer Jill Epstein and attorney Mordechai Avigdor, former counsel to Agudath Israel of America, as previously reported on VIN News (http://goo.gl/4yD9I7).
In its endorsement, (http://goo.gl/BPU985) the Jewish Press noted that a win for Mrs. Freier would serve as a powerful motivator to other young women in the Orthodox Jewish community.
“Mrs. Freier’s activism stems from her admiration for Sarah Schenirer, the pioneer of the Bais Yaakov movement. Her election to the civil court would be an inspiration to all frum girls, from chassidic as well as non-chassidic community…We urge all our readers in the fifth judicial district to go out and vote and put an extremely talented young mother - who will make us all proud - on the civil court bench in Brooklyn.”
Mrs. Freier said that she typically shies away from being called a role model.
“I know that there is a strong following who believe that women have to stay home, and for that who make that conscious decision that is great,” Mrs. Freier told VIN News. “But there are many women who have no choice and my message to those who have to work because they need the money or the outside stimulation, you can do it without compromising. Follow the Torah values, have a rov and a rebbetzin you consult with and you can do it.”
Mrs. Freier noted that her legal career evolved at a slow and steady pace. She worked first as a secretary and then as a paralegal before pursuing higher education.
“I started my undergraduate degree at Touro when I was 30 and it took me six years and law school took another four,” said Mrs. Freier. “I still made challah for Shabbos and my family still had home cooked meals. No matter what I did my family and my children always came first.”
After 10 years practicing as a lawyer Mrs. Freier is setting her sights even higher. She noted that while there are many Orthodox Jewish male judges, being an Orthodox Jewish woman on the bench offers unique possibilities.
“I feel like I was able to help as a lawyer but I can advocate for everyone as a judge,” remarked Mrs. Freier.
In addition to her legal practice and her work with Ezras Nashim where she volunteers as an EMT and a licensed New York State paramedic, Mrs. Freier is also the founder of B’Derech, a GED program for Chasidic men looking to enhance their education.
The 5th Judicial District in Brooklyn, NY encompasses Boro Park, Bensonhurst, Coney Island, and many other portions of Kings County.
If elected to the seat previously held by Noach Dear, Mrs. Freier would become the first Chasidic female judge in the New York State Supreme Court.
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