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Touro Synagogue

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Address: 85 Touro Street, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: 401-847-4794
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Sun - Fri 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Description: Dedicated in 1762, this is the oldest synagogue in the United States.

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Oldest Synagogue in US

The Temple is an interesting mix of colonial and old world charm. It is small but full of history including a 500 year old Torah. The 1/2 hour tour (which is really sitting in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

The Temple is an interesting mix of colonial and old world charm. It is small but full of history including a 500 year old Torah. The 1/2 hour tour (which is really sitting in the synagogue and listening to the docent) is well worth the time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

I visited to Touro synagogue in May and loved it! The synagogue itself was very beautiful. Our tour was incredibly informative and interesting and our tour guide was friendly and knowledgable. I ended up learning a lot of Jewish and American history that I hadn't known before.

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Little Rhody, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Jewish or not, I suspect you'll learn something if you visit here. Friendly, helpful staff. Beautiful gardens and building.

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

Interesting history. The information center was educational and the staff was friendly. The tour was nice.

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Denville, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

I was unaware of the fact that there is an important synagogue in Newport. The building is simple and beautiful and the lecture given as a tour was very interesting. President Washington as well as several other US Presidents have visited this site. It is the oldest surviving synagogue in the USA.

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Rochester, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We didn't tour the synagogue because it was closed whenever we were looking for something to do in Newport. We did, however, admire it from the outside. The gardens are just beautiful and compliment the building nicely. We took a walking tour and this was one of the sites visited. Very interesting history...would be worth touring in the future.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Enjoyed seeing this building, the guide was very interesting. The building is lovely and in remarkable condition for such an old building. George Washington visited but I feel like he pretty much visited every church in the US. Worth seeing.

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San Jose, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Go in for the lecture on the history of the synagogue which actually gives you history on the early days of Newport.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I'm very sorry to say that I did not come to Touro Synagogue for a tour but to pray, and, after walking a half hour from the hotel, I arrived just as services were over. The guard treated me like someone from the Mafia, REFUSED to let me in for even five minutes, and then offered to "take care of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I've been wanting to see this place for a long time and was pleased to have the opportunity returning home from a trip to Boston. My only complaint is that we were not permitted to go upstairs. Beautifully preserved with a very nice visitors center.

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