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Hasidic Women Start Ladies-Only EMT Group in N.Y.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- Hasidic women who were denied membership in an all-male Orthodox ambulance corps have decided to branch out and start a ladies-only EMT group.

Hasidic lawyer Ruchie Freier held a recruitment drive in her Borough Park home on Sunday and managed to sign up about 50 female EMT trainees who had been turned down by the Hatzalah ambulance service.

The new corps is called Ezras Nashim -- Hebrew for "helping women" -- and plans to get started in September assisting patients who are giving birth or who need treatment for gynecological problems.

"We just felt it was the right thing to do. We were determined to make that happen," she said.


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