PUTNAM, Conn. (Oct. 12)
Cement from Israel, part of a gift of the Histadrut, the Israel Labor Federation, to the American Red Cross, to assist victims of hurricane Diane, was being used today to reconstruct the foundations of the century-old building here which is the home of the Sons of Zion congregation. The synagogue suffered damage amounting to around $30,000 from the flood waters which followed the hurricane.
The Nesher cement being used here was part of the first shipment of Israel cement to this country and was brought to the port of Bridgeport in the Israel freighter Tamar. The Histadrut gave 1,000 bags of cement to the American Red Cross as a gesture of sympathy for 25 families to Israel for this contribution was voiced to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency today by Barney Sandys, young Putnam merchant who is leading the drive to rebuild the synagogue.