Orthodox women seek role as EMTs

A group of Orthodox Jewish women is agitating to join the ranks of the Brooklyn branch of the Hatzalah, the volunteer ambulance corps born in the Hasidic neighborhoods of the borough that has grown to a worldwide organization.

The group’s 60 members say they’re not feminists and are not challenging the rules that require women to dress and conduct themselves modestly. In fact, they point to rules against men touching women or seeing them in undress as a reason why women EMTs should be part of the corps, as they were briefly when it was first founded, until a group of local rabbis ordered Hatzalah to disband its female wing.

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