Agudath Israel’s New Jersey Office Congratulates Rachel Wainer Apter on Her Nomination to New Jersey’s Supreme Court

The New Jersey Office of Agudath Israel of America congratulates Rachel Wainer Apter upon her nomination by Governor Phil Murphy this morning to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court. Ms. Wainer Apter currently serves as director of the civil rights division for the state attorney general’s office and previously served as counsel to the attorney general.

Rabbi Avi Schnall, director of Agudath Israel’s New Jersey Office, had the opportunity to work directly with Ms. Wainer Apter in her role as director of the civil rights division on issues confronting the Orthodox Jewish community in New Jersey. As Governor Murphy noted in his nomination announcement, Ms. Wainer Apter drove Facebook to confront hate speech on its platform, an issue that has been of crucial importance to the Orthodox community.

Inded, in February of 2020, Ms. Wainer Apter played a critical role in having an anti-Semitic page that targeted Orthodox Jews in Ocean County removed from Facebook, an issue she and Orthodox leaders worked on extensively. Ms. Wainer Apter also strengthened relationships between law enforcement agencies and minority communities through multiple ventures during her tenure in the Attorney General’s office.

Agudath Israel is grateful to Ms. Wainer Apter for her service and congratulates her on her nomination to the Supreme Court.

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  1. Hey, Agudah has to do what they have to do. Here’s a partial list of her associations. Hope she’ll be good for everybody. Decide for yourself: Women’s Initiative; ACLU; (Rachel worked at the American Civil Liberties Union on cases concerning the right to be free from discrimination; reproductive freedom; voting rights); ADL; Challenged the Trump Administration’s decision to allow employers with moral or religious objections to contraception to opt out of providing coverage to women employees without ensuring that the women could still access no-cost contraception; counsel in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission; which considered whether a baker who refused to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple on religious grounds was exempt from Colorado’s anti-discrimination laws; lead the New Jersey team that defeated a preliminary injunction motion by Texas and seven other states to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Will she preside over Cuomo’s trial?

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