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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Opinion: Losing our way

    November 17, 2011 | 10:30 am

    Picture this if you will.

    During the time when US citizens were prohibited from traveling to Cuba, a member of the House of Representatives decides to disobey US law and travel to Cuba to speak at the annual observances there of the January 1, 1959 overthrow of the Batista...

  • Richardson leaves Cuba, fails to meet Gross

    September 13, 2011 | 5:26 pm

    Bill Richardson is leaving Cuba after failing to secure even a meeting with imprisoned American contractor Alan Gross.

    Richardson told the Associated Press on Tuesday that after a week in the country, Cuban officials would not allow him to meet with Gross, and would not even discuss...

  • Richardson to Cuba to seek Gross’ freedom

    September 7, 2011 | 4:12 pm

    Bill Richardson is traveling to Cuba in an attempt to free Alan Gross.

    Gross’ American lawyer, Peter Kahn, said it was the family’s hope that Gross would be released in time to celebrate Rosh Hashanah with his family.

    “We are pleased that the Cuban government invited Governor...

  • Cuban court upholds Alan Gross sentence

    August 5, 2011 | 2:21 pm

    Cuba’s Supreme Court upheld a 15-year sentence for Alan Gross, the U.S. contractor held for what the Obama administration has said was his Jewish outreach.

    Gross, 62, who was jailed for “crimes against the state,” was convicted and sentenced in May. The high court heard an appeal...

  • Will Carter press for Gross’ release on Cuba visit?

    March 28, 2011 | 10:25 am

    Jimmy Carter is scheduled to visit Jewish leaders during a trip to Cuba, leading to speculation that the former U.S. president will ask the Cuban government to release jailed American contractor Alan Gross.

    Carter, who is well known for his activism on behalf of human rights, will...

  • Jewish leaders appeal to Cuba to free Gross

    March 8, 2011 | 10:22 am

    Jewish leaders have called on the Cuban government to release Jewish U.S. government contractor Alan Gross, jailed for more than a year, for time served.

    Leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations on Monday issued their humanitarian appeal to the...

  • Jesse Jackson appeals to Cuba to free Gross

    March 2, 2011 | 10:13 am

    The Rev. Jesse Jackson has called on Cuba to release Jewish U.S. citizen Alan Gross from prison and reunite him with his family.

    Jackson, who has been to Cuba several times and met with former President Fidel Castro and current President Raul Castro, offered to go to Cuba to...

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