Meet Our Team
Hon. Rachel E. Freier, AEMT-Paramedic Director
Rachel Freier, known as Ruchie by her friends and family, was elected as Civil Court Judge in November 2016 and is currently assigned to Kings County Criminal Court. Prior to becoming a judge, she maintained law offices in Borough Park and Monroe, N. Y. licensed to practice in NY, NJ and Washington DC.
Rachel attended Bais Yaakov from elementary school through seminary. Her teachers, many of whom were students of Sara Schneirer impressed upon her that each person is created with a Tzelem Elokim, in the image of G-D with incredible potential, which inspired her to reach great heights in public service.
After graduating Bais Yaakov, Rachel worked as a legal secretary and then worked her way up to paralegal while supporting her husband, Tzi David Freier, who studied the Talmud in Kollel during the first ten years of her marriage. Subsequently, Rachel attended Touro College, where she majored in Political Science and directed the Women’s Pre-Law Society.
After graduating Touro College with honors, she attended Brooklyn Law School part time so that she would have time to study law while raising her six children. She was recently honored as one of Brooklyn Law School’s Trailblazers for being the first Chassidic woman to be elected to public office.
After graduating law school, Rachel founded Chasdei Devorah, Inc. a non profit charity, in memory of her friend who passed away at a young age. Thereafter she formed B’Derech, a grassroots non profit organization advocating for education and opportunity for adolescents in the Chassidic community.
When a group of Chassidic female Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) in Borough Park asked Rachel to assist them in their desire to serve other women during emergencies, her offer to help them mushroomed into directing a global grassroots all women’s volunteer agency known as Ezras Nashim. In order to be a more effective leader, she became an EMT. Thereafter she attended CLI at North Shore LIJ n/k/a Northwell Health for her paramedic training.
Rachel is a proud, devoted mother and grandmother of a Chassidic Family. She is dedicated to her Chassidic community specifically and reaches out to the general Jewish community.
Dr. Allen W. Cherson, DO, MHA, CPHQ, CHCQM, FACEP Director
Dr. Cherson is a native New Yorker He received his BA in History with honors from Queens College of The City University of New York. He attended Medical School at The New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of The New York Institute of Technology and completed his Internship at Peninsula Hospital Center in Queens, New York. Dr. Cherson then completed a Residency in Emergency Medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital Bronx, NY and a Fellowship in Prehospital Care with the Fire Department City of New York. Dr. Cherson received his Masters Degree in Health Care Administration from Kaplan University.
Dr. Cherson has served as a member of the Woodmere Fire Department for 30 years rising through the ranks to become the EMS Medical Director and Fire District Surgeon. He has been the Medical Director of Prehospital Care at the New York Hospital of Queens where he also served as an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine for several years.
Dr. Cherson spent over 6 years with the FDNY initially as an On-Line Medical Control Physician and then as a Medical Director. Dr. Cherson was the Medical Director of Training, Medical Director for Division 4 as well as being deeply involved in disaster preparation and weapons of mass destruction. Dr. Cherson served as a Medical Team Manager for New York City’s FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Task Force and has deployed with the task force on several occasions. In addition Dr. Cherson has worked closely with The 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade’s Chemical and Biological Incident Response Force as well as the International Task Force 45 on Best Practices for Chemical Warfare Agents in an Urban Environment. Dr. Cherson was the Medical Command Physician for FDNY during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 and when Flight 587 crashed in Belle Harbor Queens 2 months later. Dr. Cherson has responded to several multiple and mass casualty events and has taken multiple courses in managing these events as well as technical rescue operations. He has been published several times with regard to the events of 9/11 and other Prehospital related matters.
Dr. Cherson is a former Chairman and current member of the Nassau Regional Emergency Medical Advisory Committee as well as a member of the Protocol and Policy Subcommittees respectively. He is also a member of the Nassau Regional EMS Council. Dr. Cherson has been a member of the New York City Regional Emergency Medical Advisory Committee for more than 15 years. He currently chairs the Certification and Credentialing Subcommittee and is an active member of the Protocol and Medical Standards Committees as well.
Dr. Cherson is one of the founding members of the American Board of Disaster Medicine and is currently Board Certified in Disaster Medicine. He served for several years as Regional Faculty and Medical Director for the Medisys Regional National Disaster Life Support Training Center and currently serves as the Vice-Chairman of the National Disaster Life Support foundations Core Disaster Life Support Committee.
Dr. Cherson served for over 10 years as the Assistant Director of Emergency Medicine at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center and currently works Urgent Care and as a consultant in Emergency Medicine, Pre-hospital Emergency Medical Care, and Disaster Medicine.
ABOUT Our EMTs
Our EMTs are highly trained and Licensed by New York State
Many of our members are also trained in complementing fields, such as Paramedics, Registered Nurses, doulas, labor coaches, camp and school nurses.
To acquire hands-on experience in assisting women in labor, we have privileges for shadowing at Northshore University Medical Center Labor & Delivery Room. This means we shadow the doctors and nurses during delivery and observe all scenarios ranging from natural labor to C-sections.
In addition to NYS EMT training, our members are required to attend NRP class and obtain certification for neonatal resuscitation.
Ezras Nashim EMTs have the unique opportunity to join New York City EMTs by riding with them on FDNY ambulances as they respond to emergency calls.
Steering Committee – comprised of original founders of Ezras Nashim as well as several other women who are involved in leading Ezras Nashim and making decisions on objectives, policies and goals.
Operations Committee – comprised of EMTs who are active in the organization and have direct patient contact. These women are involved in the day to day decisions concerning activities on a daily basis.
Advisory Panel – comprised of established men from the community who are involved in an advisory capacity on an ad hoc basis. They volunteers are a combination of businessmen and professionals.
Rabbinical Panel – comprised of several rabbis who provide rabbinical guidance to the organization; they handle the halachic and hashkafic issues as they arise.