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  • Fulfill the mandates of Rosh Hashanah by saving Alan Gross

    1 week ago

    During the period known as the High Holy Days, we think about how we can better ourselves, serve our families, our friends and our communities, and we begin anew to reflect on the moral teachings of our people and our religion. Among those teachings are the concepts of pikuach...

  • American jailed in Cuba plans suicide, lawyer says

    June 25, 2014 | 4:48 pm

    A U.S. foreign aid contractor jailed in Cuba is planning suicide as his health declines and he grows increasingly depressed, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

    Alan Gross, 65, has served 4-1/2 years of his 15-year sentence for illegally attempting to establish an online network for...

  • Wife of Alan Gross invokes Taliban-POW trade following prison visit

    June 25, 2014 | 4:05 pm

    The wife of Alan Gross visited her husband in a Cuban prison, then likened his plight to an American prisoner of war traded for five Taliban members.

    “If we can trade five members of the Taliban to bring home one American soldier, surely we can figure out a path forward to bring...

  • Mother of Alan Gross dies

    June 18, 2014 | 3:03 pm

    The mother of Alan Gross, the Jewish-American contractor imprisoned in Cuba, has died.

    Evelyn Gross died Wednesday in Plano, Texas, according to a statement by Emily Black, a spokeswoman for the Gross family. She had long been suffering from cancer. She was 92.

    “This is a...

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  • ‘Nothing has changed’ in Alan Gross case despite Taliban prisoner swap

    June 5, 2014 | 4:53 pm

    The United States has not changed its stance on trading Cuban prisoners for Jewish U.S. aid worker Alan Gross, despite a recent prisoner swap.

    The U.S. last week agreed to exchange five Taliban prisoners being held in Guantanamo Bay for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held...

  • Key State Dept. official discusses Gross with Cuban counterpart

    May 20, 2014 | 10:35 am

    The top U.S. State Department official dealing with Latin America brought up the plight of Alan Gross in a rare meeting with her Cuban counterpart.

    Roberta Jacobson, the assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, met in Washington last week with Josefina Vidal,...

  • After his hunger strike, Alan Gross’ backers ramp up calls for U.S. action

    April 17, 2014 | 3:57 pm

    Alan Gross did not warn his family he was launching a hunger strike, but hearing the news, they understood why: The Jewish U.S. government subcontractor, languishing since 2009 in a Cuban prison, feels forgotten.

    “We’re asking that the U.S. government do whatever it takes,” Jill...

  • Alan Gross goes on hunger strike in Cuban prison

    April 8, 2014 | 12:02 pm

    American-Jewish contractor Alan Gross has launched a hunger strike to protest his imprisonment in a Cuban jail and the lack of American assistance.

    “I began a fast on April 3rd in protest of the treatment to which I am subjected by the governments of Cuba and the United States,”...

  • Pidyon Shvuyim fund to help imprisoned Jews

    February 21, 2013 | 8:06 am

    The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington established a legal defense fund for Jews being held wrongfully because of their Jewishness and will assist Alan Gross, who is in prison in Cuba.

    Financial contributions will be used to help cover the legal defense of...

  • U.N. imprisonment watchdog calls on Cuba to release Alan Gross

    January 8, 2013 | 11:40 am

    The United Nations Human Rights Council's imprisonment watchdog called on Cuba to release jailed Jewish-American contractor Alan Gross.

    The Human Rights Council's Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said in an opinion released Tuesday to Gross' lawyer that Cuba's lack of an...

  • Cuba: Gross’ health has not deteriorated

    December 6, 2012 | 10:11 am

    A top Cuban official said the health of Alan Gross has not deteriorated.

    "Gross has been seen by the most qualified Cuban medical specialists," Josefina Vidal, the top Cuban Foreign Ministry official dealing with North America, said in a news conference Wednesday.

    Vidal said...

  • Jailed Gross calls for U.S. to sign pact with Cuba

    December 3, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Jewish-American contractor Alan Gross asked the U.S. government to sign a non-belligerency pact with Cuba in an effort to obtain his release from a military hospital there.

    In a meeting with a Cuba specialist from a non-profit research center in Washington, Gross asked that the...

  • Gross biopsy results ‘hopeful’ but not determinative, lawyer says

    November 29, 2012 | 10:16 am

    The results of a biopsy released by the Cuban government raises hopes that Jewish American contractor Alan Gross does not have cancer, his lawyer said, but his family still wants his own physician to examine him.

    "While we very much hope that these test results are accurate and...

  • Judith Gross sues government, contractor on husband Alan’s behalf

    November 16, 2012 | 2:43 pm

    Alan Gross' wife sued the U.S. government and the company that contracted his work in Cuba, alleging that their training was inadequate and a factor in his imprisonment.

    A media release issued on behalf of Scott Gilbert, a lawyer, said that the lawsuit he filed Friday on behalf...

  • Wiesenthal officials ask Ecuador to intercede for Alan Gross

    November 12, 2012 | 1:30 pm

    Officials of the Simon Wiesenthal Center met with Ecuadorian authorities to seek their support in asking Cuba to release American prisoner Alan Gross.

    The meetings came on the sidelines of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee's Latin American gathering of Jewish...

  • Jailed Alan Gross may have tumor, doctor says

    October 3, 2012 | 10:29 am

    Jailed Jewish-American contractor Alan Gross may have a cancerous tumor that needs to be treated, his lawyer said.

    Gross has an unidentified mass behind his right shoulder, according to reports. Cuban doctors declared the mass to be a hematoma that would reabsorb over time.

    CT...

  • Cuban Jewish leaders visit Alan Gross

    October 1, 2012 | 10:33 am

    Two Cuban Jewish leaders visited jailed American contractor Alan Gross and said they found him in “good spirits.”

    Adela Dworin, head of Cuba’s Jewish community, and David Prinstein, president of the Patronato Synagogue and Jewish community vice president, spent two hours with...

  • U.S. senators ask Cuban president to release Gross

    September 25, 2012 | 10:32 am

    A bipartisan group of U.S. senators asked Cuban President Raul Castro to release jailed American contractor Alan Gross.

    Led by Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), 44 senators in a letter to Castro called Gross’ imprisonment a “major obstacle” to bilateral relations.

    ...
  • Cuba says Gross in ‘normal’ health, willing to negotiate his release

    September 13, 2012 | 9:38 am

    A Cuban Foreign Ministry official rejected claims by the wife of Alan Gross that the jailed American contractor was in ill health and said Cuba was willing to negotiate his release with U.S. officials.

    “The state of health of Mr. Gross continues being normal and he regularly does...

  • Alan Gross’ health deteriorating, wife says

    September 11, 2012 | 9:10 am

    The wife of Alan Gross said after visiting him in Cuba that the jailed contractor’s health continues to deteriorate.

    “While his spirit remains strong, I fear he is not going to survive this terrible ordeal,” Judy Gross said in a statement released by the family’s lawyers Sept....

  • Cuban official: Cuba is ready to negotiate status of Alan Gross

    May 15, 2012 | 11:06 am

    Authorities in Cuba are ready to negotiate the status of jailed American Alan Gross, a senior Cuban official said.

    “We have made clear to the U.S. government that we are ready to have a negotiation in order to try and find a solution, a humanitarian solution to Mr. Gross’ case on a...

  • Opinion: Our man in Havana

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    April 24, 2012 | 3:08 pm

    I just returned from a week in Cuba on a people-to-people exchange tour to meet with members of Jewish communities in several cities and to learn about the country.

    It has intrigued me that this weak and crumbling country has the mighty United States so terrified that we would...

  • State Dept. asks the pope to intervene in Alan Gross case

    March 29, 2012 | 10:53 am

    The U.S. State Department asked Pope Benedict XVI to push for the release of Alan Gross from a Cuban jail during his visit to the island nation.

    The request for the pope to discuss the Gross case with Cuban officials while he was in Cuba this week went directly to the Vatican and...

  • Alan Gross’ wife hoping Cubans reciprocate humanitarian gesture

    March 20, 2012 | 4:14 pm

    The wife of Alan Gross welcomed a judge’s decision to temporarily release a convicted Cuban spy to visit his ailing brother and said she hoped the Cuban government would grant a similar request to her husband.

    “I empathize with Rene Gonzalez’s need to visit a dying family...

  • JFNA calls for pope to seek release of Alan Gross

    March 1, 2012 | 11:44 am

    The Jewish Federations of North America is urging Pope Benedict XVI to seek the release of Alan Gross during the pope’s upcoming visit to Cuba.

    The group is circulating a nationwide online petition calling for the pope to seek Gross’ release as part of a nationwide appeal by the...

  • Alan Gross revelations could hamper campaign for his release

    February 21, 2012 | 12:05 pm

    For the Jews of Cuba, it was the ultimate Internet connection.

    The high-tech equipment that U.S. contractor Alan Gross brought with him to Cuba in 2009 to help connect local Jews to the Internet reportedly included a SIM card that makes it almost impossible to track satellite...

  • Gross visited Cuba at least five times, court document says

    January 19, 2012 | 10:45 am

    Jailed American Jewish contractor Alan Gross visited Cuba at least five times in one year to set up wireless Internet connections, according to a report citing leaked court documents.

    The report Thursday by The Associated Press comes two days after Juan Lamigueiro of the Cuban...

  • Cuban Jewish leaders meet with Alan Gross

    December 29, 2011 | 12:28 pm

    Two Cuban Jewish leaders met with jailed American Jewish contractor Alan Gross.

    Adela Dworin, president of the Beth Shalom Synagogue in Havana, and David Prinstein, the synagogue’s vice president, met Monday with Gross, 62, at a military hospital where he is being held. The visit,...

  • U.S. lawmakers call on Cuba to release Gross

    December 5, 2011 | 10:17 am

    Nearly 100 U.S. lawmakers called on the government of Cuba to release imprisoned Jewish U.S. contractor Alan Gross.

    Nineteen senators and 72 members of the House of Representatives sent letters to the government of Cuba at the urging of the Jewish Federations of North America and...

  • Alan Gross’ wife urges activism on his behalf

    November 29, 2011 | 10:35 am

    The wife American contractor Alan Gross called for increased pressure on Congress and President Obama to get her husband released from a Cuban jail.

    Judy Gross spoke Monday at a protest on her husband’s behalf outside the Cuban Interests Section in Washington. The rally was...

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