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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Rabbi Arthur Schneier, left, meets with U.S. subcontractor Alan Gross in the Havana prison facility where Gross is being held, March 6, 2012.

Gross advocates press for consideration of some Cuban Five demands

By Ron Kampeas, JTA May 21, 2012

WASHINGTON — Advocates for Alan Gross say talk of a trade with the “Cuban Five” is a non-starter, but acknowledge hopes that the Obama administration will consider lower-level concessions for the five Cuban spies in exchange for Cuban considerations...

Alan Gross’ wife hoping Cubans reciprocate humanitarian gesture

JTA March 20, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The wife of Alan Gross welcomed a judge’s decision to temporarily release a convicted Cuban spy to visit his ailing brother and said she hoped the Cuban government would grant a similar request to her husband. “I empathize with Rene...

Gross family likens his plea for visit to Cuban Fiver bid

JTA March 16, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The family of Alan Gross, the American imprisoned in Cuba, likened his request to visit his ailing mother to a similar request by a Cuban imprisoned in the United States. Gross, imprisoned since 2009 for his efforts to connect the island's...

Judy and Alan Gross are pictured in a family photo.

Gross visited Cuba at least five times, court document says

JTA January 19, 2012

Jailed American Jewish contractor Alan Gross visited Cuba at least five times in one year to set up wireless Internet connections, according to a report citing leaked court documents. The report Thursday by The Associated Press comes two days after Juan...

Judy and Alan Gross are pictured in a family photo.

Two years into prison term, wife hopes to make Alan Gross a ‘household name’

By Jacob Kamaras, JointMedia News Service November 30, 2011

A typical day in the life of Alan Gross entails walking around his room a couple thousand times, push-ups and sit-ups, and reading. He doesn't have access to kosher food, and if he sees something moving on his plate he pushes it away. That's the description...

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