Members of the Cuban Jewish community celebrated Hanukkah this week with Alan Gross, a Jewish American serving a 15-year prison sentence in Cuba.
“He looks stronger. He has gained a few pounds and is doing a lot of exercise,” Adela Dworin, who presides over Cuba’s Jewish community, told Reuters.
During the two-hour Hanukkah visit, Gross and his visitors ate latkes and chocolate gelt, and lit a menorah, according to reports.
Gross, 62, has been jailed since December 2009, when he was arrested for attempting to bring satellite phones and internet-enabled devices to Jewish residents of the Communist island nation.
Cuban President Raul Castro last week announced that 2,900 political prisoners, but not Gross, would be freed.
This story "Alan Gross Celebrates Hanukkah in Prison" was written by Forward Staff.