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New fund launched to help free imprisoned Jews around the world

By Mason White 4:02 PM February 26, 2013
Alan Gross with his wife at the Western Wall 

By: Shifra Unger
A new fund was launched last week in order to help free imprisoned Jews in the United States and around the world, according to press reports in Washington.

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, established the legal defense fund for Jews who are believed to be unfairly in prison because of their religion and will also help free Alan Gross, who is currently in prison in Cuba, for helping the Cuban Jewish community with internet connectivity.

Financial contributions will be used to help cover the legal defense of Jews in the United States and around the world who are believed to have been wrongly accused or imprisoned.

The organization highlighted how Jews value Pidyon Shvuyim or redeeming captives, in a statement announcing the new fund.
The tax-deductible charitable contributions cannot be assigned to a particular prisoner.

The first funds will be used to help Gross, who has been jailed in Cuba since December 2009 and is serving a 15-year sentence for crimes against the state.