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  • Alan Gross goes on hunger strike in Cuban prison

    1 week ago

    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...

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Pope skirts politics in Cuba

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 28, 2012 | 12:37 pm

    Rounding out his Latin American tour, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass in Cuba today. There were lots of questions about what the pope would have to say about the plight of the Cuban people and the repressive Communist government. In the end, not much.

    The pope said “Cuba and the...

  • 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...

  • Ahmadinejad to visit Latin American nations

    December 29, 2011 | 12:39 pm

    Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced that he will tour four Latin American nations in January.

    Ahmadinejad will be visiting Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua and Ecuador during the second week of January, Iranian officials told state news agency IRNA on Wednesday.

    According to...

  • 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...

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