Alan Gross, the Potomac man serving 15 years in Cuba after carrying communications equipment into the communist island nation, continues to communicate with supporters from the military hospital where he is held.
The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington said Monday that Gross called to express his gratitude for the efforts of the Jewish community to push for his release.
“I worked many years to reinforce the concept of community and I really feel it,” Gross, 63, said during the telephone call last week, according to the council. “It’s very comforting to know I’m not forgotten, it helps to sustain me. The great surprise to me is to say these words, because I worked so long for others. I truly appreciate it.”
The Jewish community has participated in a weekly vigil and other demonstrations outside the Cuban Interests Section in Washington. The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington on Monday reiterated its call “to end its unconscionable incarceration of Alan immediately.”