Tonight: Rubashkin Lawyer Guy Cook to Address Agudath Israel Dinner


guy-cookIt has been announced at the national headquarters of Agudath Israel of America that Guy R. Cook, the Iowa attorney representing former Agriprocessors vice president Reb Sholom Mordechai ben Rivka Rubashkin, will┬ábe addressing the Agudah’s 88th Anniversary Dinner this evening at the New York Hilton in Manhattan.

Mr. Cook has been front and center in his advocacy on behalf of Reb Sholom Mordechai, whose case has riveted the attention of much of the Orthodox Jewish world – and of many outside of it, including former US Justice Department officials, who perceive disturbing irregularities in the prosecution of the former Agriprocessors official.

Mr. Cook, a partner in the prominent Iowa firm Grefe and Sidney, has served as Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa. He is also a past president of the Polk County Bar Association, which represents more than a quarter of all the lawyers in Iowa, and presently serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the Iowa State Bar Association.

Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Agudath Israel’s executive vice president, has worked closely with Mr. Cook over the past year-and-a-half as the Rubashkin case has proceeded in the Iowa and federal courts.

Rabbi Zwiebel had warm words for the Iowa attorney. “Over recent months,” he said, “I have had the opportunity to witness Guy Cook’s’s tireless efforts on behalf of Sholom Rubashkin. In addition to his outstanding legal skills, I have been particularly impressed with his ability, as a native Iowan whose interactions with Jews, and certainly Orthodox Jews, were probably somewhat limited, to become so attuned to our community and so sensitive to Mr. Rubashkin’s religious beliefs and needs.”

Those in attendance at the dinner attendees will also hear an address by the Novominsker Rebbe, the Rosh Agudas Yisroel; watch a special video tribute to Rabbi Chaskel Besser zt”l; and participate in the bestowal of well-deserved honors on a group of outstanding askonim.

{Noam Newscenter}


  1. May Hashem give him the right words to say at the trial. Much hatzlochoh to you, Mr. Cook! We’re all behind you!

  2. to Deleted: The trial has yet to be over , there is another trial date i beleive on May 28th.. may he be nosai chein!