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Havana - American Jew Jailed In Cuba Gets Hanukkah Visit

Published on: December 20, 2012 03:41 PM
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In this photo provided by James L. Berenthal, jailed American Alan Gross poses for a photo at Finlay military hospital in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/James L. Berenthal)In this photo provided by James L. Berenthal, jailed American Alan Gross poses for a photo at Finlay military hospital in Havana, Cuba, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/James L. Berenthal)

Havana - An American man imprisoned in Cuba for crimes against the state has received another visit from Jewish leaders on the island.

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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 potato-pancake dish traditionally eaten during Hanukkah.

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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