Cuba

Jailed Alan Gross May Have Tumor

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

10/03/2012

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.

Friday Night In Cuba

03/10/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

Havana, Cuba — I had never seen a keyboard played at a Friday night service before. Then again, I had never been in Cuba before.

Gerald Eskenazi

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.

Israel Miffed, Won't Back Cuba Move

The Netanyahu government, miffed that it was kept out of the loop, has rejected the Obama administration's request made to it and governments around the world to express support for the new U.S. Cuba policy.  Canada and the Vatican were the intermediaries and there are no indications any other country was involved.

‘Keeping The Flame’ For Alan Gross

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

12/24/2014
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

New Day For Cuban Jews

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

12/18/2014

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.

12/17/2014
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.

11/17/2014

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

08/05/2014

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

Mother Of Alan Gross Dies

06/19/2014

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

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