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Alan Gross celebrates Hanukkah while imprisoned in Cuba

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

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

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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