12/06/13 - Washington Post - Cuban Jewish leaders visit jailed American Gross
HAVANA - Cuban Jewish leaders say they have visited a U.S. government
subcontractor imprisoned on the island.
A statement from Beth Shalom Temple says they met with Alan Gross, of
Maryland, on Thursday. The visit came two days after Gross marked four
years in custody, and on the last day of Hanukkah.
Gross and his visitors lit candles, prayed and had foods associated with
the holiday including latkes and chocolate coins. They also discussed a
letter he sent this week urging President Barack Obama to personally work
for his release.
Friday's statement said Gross seemed to be of better spirit and physical
Gross was detained Dec. 3, 2009 after bringing restricted communications
equipment into the country. He was later sentenced to 15 years.
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