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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Cuba announces trial date for Alan Gross

    February 24, 2011 | 4:02 pm

    A U.S. government contractor that the State Department says was assisting Cuban Jews will go on trial in Cuba next month.

    Alan Gross was charged on Feb. 4 with “Acts against the independence and territorial integrity of the State.” The charge carries a maximum 20-year prison...

  • D.C. clergy pray for release of Alan Gross

    January 11, 2011 | 3:18 pm

    Washington-area clergy joined an interfaith prayer service for the release of U.S. government contractor Alan Gross from a Cuban prison.

    Tuesday’s service, organized by the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, was held as U.S. State Department officials in Cuba to...

  • Gross marks year in Cuban jail

    December 3, 2010 | 10:47 am

    Alan Gross, a contractor that the U.S. State Department says was assisting Cuban Jews, marked a year in a Cuban jail.

    Cuban authorities detained Gross on Dec, 3 2009 on his way out of the country.

    Gross’ family and State Department officials says he was in the country on a U.S....

  • Books: Part history, part mystery—the passengers of the S. S. St. Louis

    By Michael Berenbaum

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Refuge Denied: The St. Louis Passengers and the Holocaust" by Sarah A. Ogilvie and Scott Miller (University of Wisconsin Press, 2006).

    Sarah Ogilvie and Scott Miller set a difficult task for themselves. Writing their book was easy. So, too, was researching what happened on the...
  • Mojitos and Matzah Balls in Havana

    By Larry Luxner

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Care for an authentic Cuban mojito at the L'chaim bar? How about Israeli salad, matzah ball soup and cheese blintzes?

    They're all now on the menu at the Hotel Raquel, Cuba's first boutique hotel catering specifically to adventurous Jewish tourists.

    Richly illustrated passages from...

  • Cuban Jews’ Plight Sparks Drive to Help

    By Andrea Adelson

    January 2, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Tourist Cuba is a bit like a time-machine ride through a Cold War theme park. Vintage Detroit autos rumble past charming Havana hotels refurbished to their pre-revolutionary glory. Posters for featured movies at a film festival keep company with ones that blare slogans like, "La...

  • Passover in Cuba

    By Judy Zeidler

    April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    My husband and I just returned from a trip to Cuba. We were on a cultural-art mission with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and one of the highlights was a visit to Cuba's largest Conservative synagogue, the Casa De La Comunidad Hebrea De Cuba, also known as Patronato.

    I met...

  • The Havana Jewish Social Club

    By Charlotte Hildebrand

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    My husband and I arrived in Havana in the early hours of Sunday morning; we had flown to Cuba via Tijuana to spend a week exploring and, hopefully, to find someone in the Jewish community to speak with. Although the majority of Cuban Jews had fled to the United States and Israel...

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