The National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) publically thanked Governor Bill Richardson for his extraordinary efforts to secure the release of Alan Gross, who is being imprisoned in Cuba, and Yanky Ostreicher, who is being jailed in Bolivia. Richardson, who recently reaffirmed his commitment to help win the release of both Gross and Ostreicher, has won international acclaim for playing key roles in securing the release of many prisoners and hostages over the past two decades.
Richardson served as the governor of New Mexico from 2003 to 2011. Prior to becoming governor, Richardson was President Bill Clinton’s U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Energy Secretary. A former U.S. Congressman, Richardson also served as Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association.
“Governor Richardson’s commitment to become personally involved in these two cases of injustice gives us hope that Jacob Ostreicher and Alan Gross will soon be able to return home to their families,” said NCYI President Farley Weiss. “The concept of pidyon shvuyim, the redemption of captives, is a major precept in Jewish law, and we as a community and as a nation need to rally around the plights of Jacob Ostreicher and Alan Gross and do everything we can to secure their release.”