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Cuomo Praises Record of Agudath Israel

Gov. Mario Cuomo had lavish praise for the record and “philosophy of action” of the Agudath Israel of America at the Orthodox organization’s annual dinner here at the New York Hilton Hotel.

He said its record since World War I, including rescue efforts during the Holocaust and its current work on behalf of oppressed Jews, made the Agudath Israel a model in the quest to build a just and equitable society.

Cuomo, who will seek re-election next November, addressed last Sunday an audience of some 1,500 rabbinic leaders and lay activists representing all trends in Orthodox Jewish life. He was presented with the 1986 Humanitarian Award of the Agudath Israel of America by its president, Rabbi Moshe Sherer.

“While others equivocated, or, worse, looked away, you did all you could… Yours is an organization that knows when to speak out and when to work quietly to get done what must be done,” the New York Governor said.