Alan Gross

Jailed Alan Gross May Have Tumor

Doctors say Jewish-American contractor has mass behind right shoulder.


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 and ultrasound scans of the mass conducted by the Cuban doctors were sent to Gross' lawyers in the United States.

Alan Gross To Be Obama Guest At SOTU

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.

‘Keeping The Flame’ For Alan Gross

L.I. Schechter class’ bond with freed captive puts students close to historic news story.

Staff Writer

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.

Schechter second-grader Olivia Lynch with her Welcome Home card.  Courtesy of Schechter School of Long Island

A Time Of War, A Time Of Peeping Tom-ism

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.


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.

“Death of Klinghoffer” protestors,” Getty Images

New Day For Cuban Jews

Changes in diplomatic ties will advance Gross' goal of connecting community to larger Jewish world.


Washington – 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.

Alan Gross, homeward bound. Getty Images

Alan Gross Released From Cuba

United States has reportedly secured prisoner's release as part of a swap.

Staff Writer

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.

Supporters gather at a Dec. 3 rally calling for Gross' release. Getty Images

Appeals Court Upholds Dismissal Of Alan Gross Lawsuit Against U.S.


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.

Alan Gross Says Goodbyes To Family During Prison Visit


Washington — The family of Alan Gross said the State Department contractor jailed in Cuba has made his goodbyes.

Mother Of Alan Gross Dies


WASHINGTON — The mother of Alan Gross, the Jewish-American contractor imprisoned in Cuba, has died.

Alan Gross Stops Hunger Strike At Mother’s Urging


 Alan Gross suspended his hunger strike in a Cuban prison after a week at the behest of his elderly mother.

“Alan’s mother asked him to stop the fast,” Jill Zuckman, the spokeswoman for the family, told JTA. "He agreed to do that today.”

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