US Jew jailed in Cuba gets Hanukkah visit
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US Jew jailed in Cuba gets Hanukkah visit

Alan Gross lit candles, ate latkes with leaders of local community

Alan Gross, with his wife Judy, at the Western Wall in the spring of 2005. (photo credit: courtesy)
Alan Gross, with his wife Judy, at the Western Wall in the spring of 2005. (photo credit: courtesy)

HAVANA (AP) — An American man imprisoned in Cuba for crimes against the state has received another visit from Jewish leaders on the island.

Adela Dworin is president of the Jewish Community of Cuba. She said Thursday that she met with Maryland resident Alan Gross for an hour and a half Monday to mark Hanukkah. They prayed, lit candles and shared latkes.

A photo showed a slender-looking Gross with Dworin and Community vice president David Prinstein. He held a hand-lettered sign in Spanish that read “I (heart) Judy” — a reference to Gross’ wife.

Gross was sentenced to 15 years for his work on a USAID democracy-building program in Cuba.

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