“I Hashem have called thee in righteousness, and have taken hold of thy hand, and kept thee, and set thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the nations” Isaiah 42:6 (The Israel Bible™)
The first haredi (ultra-Orthodox) female judge in U.S. history, Rachel Freier, was sworn into office during a recent ceremony in New York.
Freier, an attorney and mother of six, was elected to the New York State Civil Court, defeating two opponents in the Sept. 13 primary election. The swearing-in ceremony was held at Brooklyn Borough Hall Dec. 22 and attended by her parents, husband, children, grandchildren and uncle, former Judge David Schmidt, who inducted her into the court.
Said the newly-elected Judge Freier prior to her inauguration: “One of my missions is to prove to the girls out there that you can be devotedly religious and not have to compromise your standards to be successful in the business or professional world.”
Freier started the all-female volunteer ambulance corps Ezrat Nashim, where she is a volunteer emergency medical technician (EMT).