Coolidge Corner Theatre Mon, Nov 12, 2018 6:30 PM
Film Info
Director(s):Paula Eiselt
Country:United States
Language:English, Yiddish, and Hebrew
Running Time:85 min
Type of Film:Documentary
Sponsored By:Hadassah-Brandeis Institute


Within the ultra-Orthodox enclaves of Brooklyn, Rachel “Ruchie” Freier, a lawyer and mother of six, is revolutionizing the role of women in daily life by training them to work as EMTs—an alternative to Hatzolah, the all-male Jewish volunteer ambulance corps. Ruchie’s belief that Orthodox women deserve female EMTs drives her to overcome her community’s objections and to bring her vision to reality.


November 12 screening introduced by Lisa Fishbayn Joffe, Director, Project on Gender, Culture, Religion and Law, The Shulamit Reinharz Director of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute and followed by a conversation with director Paula Eiselt