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Communications activist silenced in Cuban jail cell

03/11/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Alan Gross has been about communications all his life: The call-mom-everyday son, the family newsbreaker, the message guy for Jewish groups, the get-out-the-vote enthusiast for candidate Barack Obama, the technology contractor who helped the U.S. government bring the world's remotest populations into the 21st century.

Now, however, Gross, 60, of Potomac, Md., has been languishing for three months in a Cuban high-security prison and his rare conversations are monitored by Cuban officials.

Homebuyer Heartache In The Holy Land

08/17/2007
Israel Correspondent

Modi’in Illit, the West Bank — For anyone thinking of purchasing an Israeli apartment scheduled to be built in a year or two — many of whom are likely to be Americans, given the foreign investment boom — let the buyer beware.

So says Chaim, a clean-cut 24-year-old fervently Orthodox father of one, with another on the way, who purchased an apartment from the building company Heftsiba in this fervently Orthodox settlement just over the Green Line.

Young Man With A (Business) Plan

04/23/2008
Staff Writer
Sisat Igzao was a miracle baby. His twin sister was born healthy, but he wasn’t breathing when he left his mother’s womb. The doctors in Ethiopia pronounced him dead.  But then his little mouth let out a struggled whimper in protest. His overjoyed parents named him Sisat, which means, “to give”; God had given their son a second chance.    Yet if you speak to Sisat, he’ll tell you that his true second lease on life began more recently — when he started selling billboards.   A bit of back story, first.

Williamsburg Housing Scandal Hits Home

12/17/1999
Staff Writer
Chasidic leaders in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, were scrambling this week to find homes for some 40 residents evicted from their apartments Monday night: the latest, and most ironic victims of an expanding, politically charged probe of alleged safety violations by local developer Chaim Ostreicher. The homeless chasidim, from seven families, were doubled up in the homes of other families and sheltered in local synagogues on an emergency basis. But community leaders stressed this was only temporary.

New Spy Case: Is Justice Department Targeting Israel?

The arrest of a Maryland scientist in the latest case involving FBI stings aimed at individuals with connections to Israel has revived questions about whether the Justice Department is targeting Jews and the Jewish state.
The fact that the indic

10/21/2009
Washington Correspondent

The arrest of a Maryland scientist in the latest case involving FBI stings aimed at individuals with connections to Israel has revived questions about whether the Justice Department is targeting Jews and the Jewish state.
Stewart David Nozette: Nabbed in FBI sting.

Dix Hills Native Killed In Iraq

04/09/2008
Staff Writer
Stuart Wolfer, who grew up in Dix Hills, L.I., surprised his parents on a visit back home during his freshman year in college when he announced he was going to join the ROTC military training program and eventually serve in the U.S. Army. “We’re not army people. This is not your personality,” his father, Len, told him. “I only go around once. I want to try everything,” Stuart Wolfer answered.
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