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Baltimore, MD - Maryland Gov. Appoints Orthodox Woman To District Court

Published on: July 26, 2010 12:39 PM
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Baltimore, MD - For nine years, Judge Karen Friedman has served her city on the bench of the Orphan’s Court.

On Friday afternoon, the calling got bigger, much bigger.

The Judge, a beloved figure in the Jewish community and across the city and region, received a phone call from Governor Martin O’Malley.

According  to the Baltimore Jewish Times Calling her by her Hebrew name, the Governor said, “Chaya, this is Martin O’Malley. “I am calling to appoint you as a Judge to the District Court of Baltimore City.”

With the appointment, Judge Friedman will be leaving the decisions of probate and moving into judicial arenas that include criminal law.

The Judge is married to Jewish leader and philanthropist Howard “Tzvi” Friedman. The couple has four children.

Read the full story at Baltimore Jewish Times 



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 Jul 26, 2010 at 01:04 PM anon Says:

I hope they don't call her 'Judge Chaya' like they call one Judge in NY 'The Judge, the Mench'.
Mazel Tov and Hatzlacha Rabba

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 Jul 26, 2010 at 02:10 PM orthodox in md Says:

how could you call this orthodox when its written kol kovodu bath malich panimu

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 Jul 26, 2010 at 02:16 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
orthodox in md Says:

how could you call this orthodox when its written kol kovodu bath malich panimu

Keep your mouth shut. Devorah was a Judge, and the Friedmans do tons for the community, certainly more than your petty self.

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 Jul 26, 2010 at 02:28 PM Anonymous Says:

Is she Chareidi??

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 Jul 26, 2010 at 02:29 PM rescue Says:

Reply to #2  
orthodox in md Says:

how could you call this orthodox when its written kol kovodu bath malich panimu

You can't have it both ways. If the husband is learning all day the women actually have to leave the house so there will be bread and water on the table. All you ar eproving is that the way of the world is that the husband should be out of the house at a job supporting his family.

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 Jul 26, 2010 at 02:35 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
orthodox in md Says:

how could you call this orthodox when its written kol kovodu bath malich panimu

We've had Jewish women as leaders in all of our history. Just because you've decided to live in your own world forcing women to stay in the kitchen making you kugel doesn't mean anyone has to listen to you. In another few years you'll be demanding that Jewish women wear the burqua and no one will be able to distinguish you from the Muslims...that's the direction you're heading in. Shame on you.

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 Jul 26, 2010 at 02:37 PM Anonymous Says:

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orthodox in md Says:

how could you call this orthodox when its written kol kovodu bath malich panimu

Mazel Tov Judge Karen (Chaya) Friedman. May you serve your time on the bench with dignity and fairness.

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 Jul 26, 2010 at 02:52 PM Crook Says:

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orthodox in md Says:

how could you call this orthodox when its written kol kovodu bath malich panimu

Somehow in the nowadays in order to support a orthodox Jewish family with sky-high tuitions and camp bills; and than marrying off your kids you only have three choices:
1) Send your wife to work and earn a decent legal living income.
2) Get on Food stamps, Section 8, Medicate, WIC and Welfare and when you would need to marry off your kids you would snorr and collect money from your family! And your friends will have to make Tea Parties for you!
3) Just be a crook and steal money.

I would guess that you’re either in the second or third category.

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 Jul 26, 2010 at 03:07 PM Anonymous Says:

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orthodox in md Says:

how could you call this orthodox when its written kol kovodu bath malich panimu

do you even know her? she happens to wear a shaitel, and more importantly, hasd a sound judicial temperment. congrats to her

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 Jul 26, 2010 at 03:19 PM Anonymous Says:

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orthodox in md Says:

how could you call this orthodox when its written kol kovodu bath malich panimu

By making that moronic comment you have shown that if anything you are the one that's not orthodox - if you don't know why ask your rabbi.

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 Jul 26, 2010 at 03:33 PM cosin Says:

chaya is amazing at many things - she is incredible on the bench

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 Jul 26, 2010 at 03:45 PM Anonymous Says:

this paper, like the NY Times call the charedim ultra orthodox

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 Jul 26, 2010 at 04:36 PM Dr. Jonathan Lasson Says:

Mazel Tov to you! May you continue to do the fabulous work that you do in helping to preserve the law in our State. You are a true inspiration to the citizens and community of Baltimore.
Best wishes!
Jonathan Lasson

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 Jul 26, 2010 at 04:36 PM friend Says:

I personally have had an amazing experience with chaya. She was incredible

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 Jul 26, 2010 at 05:56 PM Fred Says:

I wish her the best of luck. May she be a fine role model for both genders.

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 Jul 26, 2010 at 06:55 PM Anonymous Says:

The toughest female Jewish judge in the USA is Judge Judy. I don't agree with the way she humiliates and verbally abuses the litigants. However, she knows the law. Her husband, Judge Jerry, as well as Mayor Koch (The People's Court), were much nicer to the litigants.

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 Jul 26, 2010 at 08:16 PM Anonymous Says:

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rescue Says:

You can't have it both ways. If the husband is learning all day the women actually have to leave the house so there will be bread and water on the table. All you ar eproving is that the way of the world is that the husband should be out of the house at a job supporting his family.

What does that have to do with Mrs. Friedman becoming a judge?

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 Jul 26, 2010 at 08:18 PM Howie Says:

Do you think her husband had anything to do with it? Maybe he needs her to earn a little more parnasa. I am sure her appointment is soley based on her qualifications not her husbands small time connections. Go howie

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 Jul 26, 2010 at 08:54 PM Anonymous Says:

Only in the demoratic USA such a thing could happen. In Israel they would never had appointed a orthodox jewish judge.

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 Jul 26, 2010 at 09:46 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
Anonymous Says:

do you even know her? she happens to wear a shaitel, and more importantly, hasd a sound judicial temperment. congrats to her

Sorry, you don't know what you'r talking about!
Her mother and grandmother wear a shaitel, but she doesn't, and she shakes hands with other men! She has 2 very chushive brothers who are sitting and learning! One wrote some great seforim on haloche! Her grandfather is R' Yosef Mordche Berkowitz, one of the choshive Satmer chassidim, I'm sure he is shepping a lot of nachas!

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 Jul 26, 2010 at 10:06 PM Letz Says:

Reply to #14  
friend Says:

I personally have had an amazing experience with chaya. She was incredible

Wait till her husband finds out.

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 Jul 26, 2010 at 11:01 PM Charlie Hall Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Only in the demoratic USA such a thing could happen. In Israel they would never had appointed a orthodox jewish judge.

No, there are at least two Orthodox judges on the Supreme Court: Hon. Edmond Levy and Hon. Elyakim Rubinstein. I know that there are Orthodox judges on lower courts, too -- I have a friend who had a court case in front of one.

Mazel Tov to Judge Friedman!

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 Jul 26, 2010 at 11:08 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Only in the demoratic USA such a thing could happen. In Israel they would never had appointed a orthodox jewish judge.

There is at least one orthodox judge on the Israeli supreme court (he's also American birth) and I am sure there are other orthodox judges within the system.

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 Jul 26, 2010 at 11:18 PM Dr. E Says:

She will hopefully be a role model for other Bais Yaakov grads. Not everyone needs to be a teacher, secretary, Speech Pathologist, or OT. There is room for frum female Doctors, Lawyers, Scientists, Engineers, Accountants, IT Professionals, and even Judges. Every profession has its challenges for either gender, and they should be not be overblown. Careers should be objectively presented as having postive opportunities and the challenges should be put into perspective.

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 Jul 27, 2010 at 12:14 AM says who Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

Keep your mouth shut. Devorah was a Judge, and the Friedmans do tons for the community, certainly more than your petty self.

You are right that Devora was a judge but she wasn't appointed by a goy & she surely didn't have that kind of wig!

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 Jul 27, 2010 at 07:28 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #17  
Anonymous Says:

What does that have to do with Mrs. Friedman becoming a judge?

It was an answer to #2, who said that Orthodox women should stay home. #5 was pointing out the hypocrisy of some frum families who say "kol kvodu bas melech penima", yet have the wife work at a job to support the husband who learns.

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 Jul 27, 2010 at 10:14 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #24  
Dr. E Says:

She will hopefully be a role model for other Bais Yaakov grads. Not everyone needs to be a teacher, secretary, Speech Pathologist, or OT. There is room for frum female Doctors, Lawyers, Scientists, Engineers, Accountants, IT Professionals, and even Judges. Every profession has its challenges for either gender, and they should be not be overblown. Careers should be objectively presented as having postive opportunities and the challenges should be put into perspective.

can you describe what shul, society etc you belomng to?

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 Jul 27, 2010 at 10:27 AM Phil Says:

Reply to #19

Israeli Supreme Court Justice Neal Hendel is an American-born Orthodox Jew.

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 Jul 27, 2010 at 11:19 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
rescue Says:

You can't have it both ways. If the husband is learning all day the women actually have to leave the house so there will be bread and water on the table. All you ar eproving is that the way of the world is that the husband should be out of the house at a job supporting his family.

BS"D The way #2 transliterated the posuk, he appears to be a troll.

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 Jul 27, 2010 at 12:03 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #27  
Anonymous Says:

can you describe what shul, society etc you belomng to?

What he is bringing out seems to be logical and demonstrates the true ideals of Bais Yaakov education. Rabbi Steinberg OB"M always encouraged those students who were interested in professional careers. He was not into cookie cutter education that we so often see where girls are locked into one Derech that should work for all students. May other communities replicate this philosophy with the hope that girls have more freedom to do what they are truly capable of and talented at.

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 Jul 27, 2010 at 12:11 PM Charlie Hall Says:

Reply to #28  
Phil Says:

Reply to #19

Israeli Supreme Court Justice Neal Hendel is an American-born Orthodox Jew.

That makes three out of 15 current members of the court (see #22).

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 Jul 27, 2010 at 02:03 PM Anonymous Says:

Who cares, this is obviously a political move by O'Malley to obtain the orthodox vote.
I wonder who was her competition for this position.

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 Jul 27, 2010 at 04:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #30  
Anonymous Says:

What he is bringing out seems to be logical and demonstrates the true ideals of Bais Yaakov education. Rabbi Steinberg OB"M always encouraged those students who were interested in professional careers. He was not into cookie cutter education that we so often see where girls are locked into one Derech that should work for all students. May other communities replicate this philosophy with the hope that girls have more freedom to do what they are truly capable of and talented at.

That model is long gone. Today the girls are encouraged to fast-track their education through CLEP, online classes, and segregated seminary classes of dubious value. They all have to get their "degree", get a job, date, and get married all within about a 2-year window of high school. They all have to totally financially support their husbands and families in Kollel, rather than providing a supplementary income that is along the lines of their objective worth in the job market.

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 Jul 28, 2010 at 10:11 AM Anonymous Says:

I agree with 32! Baltimore Voters, don’t fall for it! Remember the BOAST bill which was changed last minute to only help Catholic Schools. Remember that Ehrlich is pushing for school vouchers that will greatly reduce our tuition bills. We had a budget surplus with Ehrlich, now a whooping deficit which will mean higher taxes. Mazel Tov to Judge Friedman! BUT vote with your wallet!!

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 Jul 28, 2010 at 03:09 PM Anonymous Says:

To all you petty and ignorant people who have nothing better to do then talk Loshon Harah- let's set the record straight. Chaya graduated in the top 10 percent of her class at University of Maryland School of Law.Besides for being a judge on the Orphans Court she is also a Professor at that law school. In her nine years on the bench she has NEVER been overturned on appeal. Find another judge who can say that. I guess the appealate judges cared about who her husband is and what religion she practices too right? O' Malley could not just pick any candidate he wanted. He was given a short list of names to chose from. This list is compiled by a Commission made up of 13 prominent Baltimore lawyers. 30 lawyers applied for the position. All applicants had to be interviewed by many specialty bars- for example the black bar, Asian bar etc- who then give their choice to the large Commission. The large Commission then interviews all the applicants and compiles a short list that is submitted to the Governor. This Commission UNANIMOUSLY voted Chaya on to the short list based on her incredible Qualifications. Only 4 out of 30 made the short list. Chaya was the only one who got a unanimous vote. The Commission didn't know or care about her husband or her religion. You should be ashamed of your assumptions. Besides for being a judge and a Professor, Chaya is raising two sets of twins and is verY active in numerous charities. She hosts in her home yearly many parlor meetings including for Lakewood Yeshiva and Yad Lachim. Many of you owe Chaya an apology. Kudos to you Judge Friedman

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