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Alan Gross Welcome Home Dinner Reception

December 17, 2014 was an amazing day - the second night of Hanukah 2014 and the day when Alan Gross returned home after more than five years of unjust incarceration in Cuba. Nes Gadol Haya Po A great miracle happened here!

Around the world, Jews gathered afterwards to listen to Alan's internationally televised press conference where he offered his gratitude to so many, including our Washington Jewish community, for helping to secure his freedom.
More than 500 community members joined together on Thursday, January 22, at Temple Beth Ami, to share our good wishes with Judy and Alan Gross, as we welcomed Alan home after 5 years of unjust incarceration in Cuba. We couldn't have asked for a better reason to celebrate, or a nicer community response.

Thank you to the JCRC Executive Committee and the many community sponsors who helped to underwrite the community reception:
Adas Israel Congregation, Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, Agudas Achim Congregation, Alef Bet Montessori School, Am Kolel, Beit Chaverim of Calvert County, Beth El Hebrew Congregation, Beth Joshua Congregation, Bethesda Jewish Congregation, B'nai B'rith International, B'nai Israel Congregation, B'nai Shalom of Olney, Charles E Smith Jewish Day School, Congregation Adat Reyim, Congregation Beth El of Montgomery County, Congregation Beth Emeth, Congregation B'nai Tzedek, Congregation Har Shalom, Congregation Olam Tikvah, Congregation Sha'are Shalom of Waldorf, Cuba American Jewish Mission, Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET), Garden of Remembrance, Gesher Jewish Day School, Hevrat Shalom Congregation of Maryland, Hillel International, InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, Israel Forever Foundation, J Street DC Metro, Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse, Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, Jewish Council For The Aging, The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Jewish Federations of North America, Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington, Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation's Capital, Jewish Social Service Agency, Kehilat Shalom, Kemp Mill Synagogue, Kesher Israel Congregation, Kol Shalom, Magen David Sephardic Congregation, Maryland Hillel, Ohr Kodesh Congregation, Shaare Torah, Temple Beth Ami, Temple B'nai Shalom, Temple Emanuel, Temple Rodef Shalom, Temple Shalom, Temple Sinai Washington DC, Tifereth Israel Congregation, Tikvat Israel Congregation, Washington DC Jewish Community Center, Washington Hebrew Congregation


Steve Rakitt, Alan Gross and Rabbi Luxemburg
Steve Rakitt, Alan Gross and Rabbi Luxemburg

Judy Gross
Judy Gross

Gorochows and Alan Gross
Gorochows and Alan Gross

Judy Gross, Ron Rubbin, Gwen Zuarez, and Alan Gross
Judy Gross, Ron Rubbin, Gwen Zuarez, and Alan Gross

William and Heidi Daroff with Alan Gross
William and Heidi Daroff with Alan Gross

Cookie Hymer Blitz
Cookie Hymer Blitz

Steve Rakitt with Alan Gross
Steve Rakitt with Alan Gross

Congressman Van Hollen speak to the crowd
Congressman Van Hollen speak to the crowd

Congressman Van Hollen
Congressman Van Hollen

Ron Halber and Alan share a laugh
Ron Halber and Alan share a laugh

Rick Zitleman opens up the Q & A part of the evening
Rick Zitleman opens up the Q & A part of the evening

Photos with Alan
Photos with Alan

The Grosses with Congressman Chris Van Hollen
The Grosses with Congressman Chris Van Hollen

Former JFGW President Liza Levy with the Grosses
Former JFGW President Liza Levy with the Grosses

Meet and Greet with Alan
Meet and Greet with Alan

Meet and Greet with Alan
Meet and Greet with Alan

Congressman Van Hollen speak to the crowd
Congressman Van Hollen speak to the crowd

Alan addresses the crowd
Alan addresses the crowd

Bruce Pascal begins his toast
Bruce Pascal begins his toast

A champagne toast welcoming Alan home
A champagne toast welcoming Alan home

Welcome Home Alan Gross Reception
Welcome Home Alan Gross Reception

A photo with Michael Friedman and Wexner Heritage Fellows
A photo with Michael Friedman and Wexner Heritage Fellows


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