Alan Gross, the Jewish-American government contractor who was jailed in Cuba for five years as a spy, is lobbying for easing trade and travel restrictions between the island nation and the United States.
The Maryland man who spent five years in a Cuban prison for smuggling internet equipment for the Communist nation's tiny Jewish community will be a guest of President Obama at tomorrow night's State of the Union Address.
Alan Gross, who was freed as part of a deal restoring relations between Cuba and the United States, will get hearty applause from Members of Congress, including those who think Obama made a bad deal with the Castros.
L.I. Schechter class’ bond with freed captive puts students close to historic news story.
Last Tuesday, just 90 minutes after the fifth-grade class at the Schechter School of Long Island recited its customary morning prayer for the release of Alan Gross from a Cuban prison, principal Marcey Wagner announced his release on the school’s public address system.
From Gaza to a D.C. mikveh to a Cuban jail cell, a look back at the top stories of 2014, plus leading figures we lost.
Compiled By Jewish Week Staff
1. The Gaza War
In July, Israel launches its third major Gaza operation in six years. Dubbed Operation Defensive Edge, the campaign begins with 10 days of intensive airstrikes in Gaza. After several failed cease-fire attempts, a ground invasion of Gaza follows.
United States has reportedly secured prisoner's release as part of a swap.
Five years after he was arrested in Cuba on a charge of providing illegal technical assistance to the country’s small Jewish community, New York-born Alan Gross, who inadvertently became one of the world’s most prominent Jewish political prisoners, is a free man.