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  • For Cuban Jews in America, rapprochement with Castro regime a perilous choice

    1 week ago

    For many Cuban Jews – the majority of whom now live in the United States – it has been a bittersweet week.

    Like countless Jews around the world, they cheered the release of Alan Gross, the American Jewish telecommunications contractor who had been held in a Cuban prison for the...

  • Gross’ release, and changes in diplomatic ties, signals new day for Cuban Jews

    2 weeks ago

    Alan Gross was imprisoned while trying to connect Cuba’s isolated Jewish community to the wider world. The deal that got him released five years later may do just that and much more.

    Gross’ flight home to suburban Washington on Wednesday with his wife, Judy, was part of a...

  • Six points on Alan Gross, ‘normalization’ of U.S.-Cuba relations and the American spy flying under the radar

    By Jared Sichel

    2 weeks ago

    The news this morning about the massive thaw in diplomatic relations between Washington and Havana was so sudden and flooring that we really won't know for months or years to come what the impact will be—most importantly, what the impact will be for the millions of Cubans who have...

  • Remarks by Obama at afternoon Chanukah reception

    2 weeks ago

    AUDIENCE MEMBER:  Happy Hanukkah, Mr. President!  

    THE PRESIDENT:  Well, Happy Hanukkah to you!  You stole my line.   Happy Hanukkah, everybody. 

    AUDIENCE:  Happy Hannukah.

    MRS. OBAMA:  Welcome to the White House.  I want to welcome the members of Congress who are here...

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  • Alan Gross credits Jewish efforts for his release from Cuba

    2 weeks ago

    Newly released from prison in Cuba, Alan Gross thanked his wife, his lawyer, the Jewish community, President Barack Obama and numerous others in helping secure his freedom.

    Speaking at a news conference Wednesday in Washington, Gross opened his statement with a Hanukkah greeting...

  • Gross’ release, and changes in diplomatic ties, signals new day for Cuban Jews

    2 weeks ago

    Alan Gross was imprisoned while trying to connect Cuba’s isolated Jewish community to the wider world. The deal that got him released five years later may do just that and much more.

    Gross’ flight home to suburban Washington on Wednesday with his wife, Judy, was part of a...

  • Who is Alan Gross and what did he do?

    2 weeks ago

    Alan Gross, a 65-year-old U.S. foreign aid worker freed from a Cuban prison on Wednesday, was arrested in Cuba in 2009 and sentenced to 15 years for importing banned technology and trying to establish clandestine Internet service for Cuban Jews.

    [Related: An in-depth look into...

  • Freed prisoner Alan Gross loves Judaism

    By Ryan Torok

    2 weeks ago

    Alan Gross was freed from a Cuban prison on Wednesday after five years, much of that time in isolation. His release was part of a prisoner exchange deal between Cuba and the United States that President Barack Obama announced marks the start of improved relations between the two...

  • Jewish community responds to release of Alan Gross

    2 weeks ago

    Cuba has released American aid worker Alan Gross after five years in prison in a reported prisoner exchange with Havana that the United States said on Wednesday heralds an overhaul of U.S. policy toward Cuba. Below are reactions from the Jewish community:

    Simon Wiesenthal Center

    ...
  • Cuba releases American Alan Gross as U.S. prepares to overhaul Cuba policy

    2 weeks ago

    Cuba has released American aid worker Alan Gross after five years in prison in a reported prisoner exchange with Havana that the United States said on Wednesday heralds an overhaul of U.S. policy toward Cuba.

    A U.S. official said Gross was released on humanitarian grounds. CNN...

  • Obama: ‘Conversations’ about freeing Alan Gross have been ongoing

    3 weeks ago

    President Obama said the United States has been “in conversations” about trying to free American-Jewish contractor Alan Gross from a Cuban jail.

    “We’ve been in conversations about how we can get Alan Gross home for quite some time,” Obama told Jorge Ramos of the Florida-based...

  • Appeals court upholds dismissal of Alan Gross lawsuit against U.S.

    November 17, 2014 | 9:20 am

    A federal appeals court upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed against the U.S. government by Alan Gross, the American-Jewish contractor imprisoned in Cuba since 2009.

    In a 3-0 decision Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said the government...

  • U.S. senator sees Alan Gross as ‘closer’ to release

    November 11, 2014 | 4:20 pm

    Alan Gross, an American government contractor jailed in Cuba for crimes against the state may be closer to returning home, in part because he has threatened to end his life if he is not released, a U.S. senator said on Tuesday.

    The detention of Gross since December 2009 has...

  • THE FORGOTTEN MAN

    By Jared Sichel

    November 5, 2014 | 10:36 am

    UPDATE [Dec. 17, 2014]: Cuba releases American Alan Gross


     

    Alan Gross is almost out of hope.  

    In late November 2009, Gross, a technology consultant from Potomac, Md., left the United States for Cuba for his fifth trip there in eight months, a trip that was supposed to last...

  • Fulfill the mandates of Rosh Hashanah by saving Alan Gross

    September 10, 2014 | 1:30 pm

    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...

  • ‘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,”...

  • World pays homage to Mandela in mass memorial service

    December 9, 2013 | 4:41 pm

    World leaders, from U.S. President Barack Obama to Cuba's Raul Castro, will pay homage to Nelson Mandela at a mass memorial in South Africa on Tuesday that will recall his gift for bringing enemies together across political and racial divides.

    Obama and Castro, whose countries...

  • Letters to the Editor: Mark Rosenblum, Homeless Sukkah, Vista Del Mar

    August 28, 2013 | 11:13 am

    More on the Crusader

    Rob Eshman’s praise of Mark Rosenblum’s decades-long battle for a just solution to the Israeli-Palestinian struggle is well deserved (“The Crusader,” Aug. 23). I’ve worked with Mark for years, share his passion, if not his energy in working for the two-state...

  • Letters to the Editor: Figueres, Cuba, Charedim

    August 1, 2013 | 10:30 am

    With Gratitude

    I received such a delightful surprise. I received a copy of your thoughtful article “Figueres” (July 12). I am grateful for your visit to Costa Rica. It is a lesson in itself.  I am grateful that, at a special time of need, you remind us of the truths of the dreams...

  • Cuba: Land of my Bubbe

    July 24, 2013 | 10:58 am

    I was alone in a small town in central Cuba, and I had lost the only person I knew. 

    The town was Santo Domingo, and it had taken a full morning of driving to get there. It’s a sleepy, slow-moving place, where American cars from the 1950s share the road with horse-drawn carts —...

  • How an L.A. man named Macabi helped bring 21 new countries to Maccabiah Games

    July 10, 2013 | 10:18 am

    The first arrows Roxana and Rafael Gonzalez launch at the upcoming 19th Maccabiah Games will take flight from their fingertips, but also from Jeffrey Sudikoff’s imagination.

    Roxana, 25, and Rafael, 24, are part of the first Cuban delegation to participate in the Maccabiah, a...

  • Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez dead from cancer

    March 5, 2013 | 2:23 pm

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died after a two-year battle with cancer, ending the socialist leader's 14-year rule of the South American country, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said in a televised speech on Tuesday.

    The flamboyant 58-year-old leader had undergone four...

  • Cuban and American Judaism – The Growth of Secularism

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    February 21, 2013 | 10:08 am

    In October I joined with 28 members of my congregation in a “humanitarian mission” to the Cuban Jewish community (meaning, we took goods and cash as gifts to support the Jewish community there). There are about 1000+ Cuban Jews living today in Havana, Santiago and Guantanamo, and...

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