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Jews You Should Know

Jun 11, 2018


Ruchie Freier's conventional religious background did not foreshadow the activism and professional achievements of her adult life. But to hear her passionately describe her life and community, it is precisely those values that have galvanized her in these activities.

As the first female chassidic judge elected in New York - and perhaps worldwide - she has been a trailblazer for years, helping kids-at-risk in the community, founding an all-female EMT brigade, and a host of other projects.

In this conversation, we cover these amazing initiatives, her reception in the broader chassidic community and her aspirations for the Jewish People.



Jews You Should Know introduces the broader community to interesting and inspiring Jewish men and women making a difference in our world. Some are already famous, some not yet so. But each is a Jew You Should Know.

The host, Rabbi Ari Koretzky, is Executive Director of MEOR Maryland (, a premier Jewish outreach and educational organization. MEOR operates nationally on twenty campuses and in Manhattan; visit the national website at

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A special thank you to Jacob Rupp of the Lift Your Legacy podcast for his invaluable production assistance.