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Cuban Jewish leaders meet with jailed American


HAVANA (AP) -- Cuban Jewish leaders say they have celebrated Hanukkah with American contractor Alan Gross at the military hospital where he is being held.

Jewish leader Adela Dworin tells The Associated Press that Gross was in good spirits and fine health during Monday's nearly two hour visit, in which they lit candles, ate potato pancakes and passed around chocolate coins -- all Hanukkah traditions.

Gross, who was working on a USAID-funded democracy building program when he was arrested in 2009, is serving a 15-year sentence for crimes against the Cuban state.

Dworin said Wednesday that the 62-year-old Maryland native remained positive during the visit but was clearly disappointed not to be among nearly 3,000 prisoners pardoned by Cuban President Raul Castro last week.

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