Archives - December 2014

LI students wrote letters to American held in Cuba

December 18, 2014
By SSLI Communications

LI students wrote letters to American held in Cuba

as seen on News 12 - December 18, 2014 6:45 PM

JERICHO - Some Long Island schoolchildren have a special bond with the American prisoner who was just freed from a Cuban prison after five years.

Last year, students at the Schechter School in Jericho wrote more than two dozen letters to Alan Gross, who grew up in New Hyde Park. Principal Marcey Wagner says a friend was going to Cuba with a group of lawyers around the same time that the letters were written, so she gave them to her to deliver.

"Knowing that this was a slightly precarious task, she taped the letters to the back of her itinerary and brought the letters to Cuba and handed them to the head of the Jewish community in Havana," said Wagner.

Students and staff at the Schechter School weren't sure that their letters would actually make it to Gross, but they got a surprise two months later when a letter arrived from him, thanking them for their support and encouragement.

Gross also said in the letter that he hopes to one day visit the school and thank the students in person.


CBS2 Exclusive: L.I. Students Overjoyed At Release Of Prisoner They Wrote To In Cuba

December 18, 2014
By SSLI Communications
Posted in CBS2 News

Jewish Week - Alan Gross Released From Cuba

December 17, 2014
By SSLI Communications
United States has reportedly secured prisoner's release as part of a swap.
By Steve Lipman - Staff Writer

Five years after he was arrested in Cuba on a charge of providing illegal technical assistance to the country’s small Jewish community, New York-born Alan Gross, who inadvertently became one of the world’s most prominent Jewish political prisoners, is a free man.

Gross, 65, was released today from Cuban prison on “humanitarian grounds” and flew back to the United States on an American military plane, joined by his wife, Judy, and several members of Congress. “I’m free,” Gross declared to his daughters during a phone call from the plane.

As he reunited with friends and family after landing at Andrews Air Force base near Washington, President Obama, who called Gross’ imprisonment “a major obstacle” to improved bilateral ties, announced a thaw in US-Cuban relations, including a start of the process to full diplomatic relations, and the weakening of the American trade embargo and other sanctions against the island nation. Click here for complete article.

Posted in Jewish Week

FiOS1 - SSLI Students in Hanukkah Celebration - Latke Cook-Off

December 17, 2014
By SSLI Communications
Posted in FiOS1

Huntington Patch - First Annual Long Island Scholastic Chanukah Latke Cook-Off

December 16, 2014
By SSLI Communications

Students from the Solomon Schechter High School of Long Island located in Williston Park and students from the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County located in Uniondale took part in the First Annual Long Island Scholastic Chanukah Latke Cook-Off at The Garden City Hotel. Click here to read article.

Posted in Huntington Patch

News 12: Students Mark the Start of Hanukkah with Latkes Contest

December 16, 2014
By SSLI Communications

GARDEN CITY - The eight-day festival of Hanukkah, also called the Festival of Lights, starts Tuesday night.

To commemorate oil burning in a lamp for a miraculous eight days in 165 BC, students from the Schechter School of Long Island and the Hebrew Academy made a variety of latkes at the Garden City Hotel as part of the “First Annual Scholastic Hanukkah Latke Cook-Off.”

The two schools each made three types of latkes, which were then judged by a panel. Some flavors included the standard potato latke, a Persian-style latke and an Israeli-style latke. Click here to read more.


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