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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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10:00 am - 1:30 pm
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Hours:
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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Jewish History that I didn't know

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 7, 2015
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Denville, New Jersey
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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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6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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Sydney, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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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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Lakewood, New Jersey
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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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New York, New York, United States
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

A wonderful piece of Jewish American history. Our tour guide was excellent and really made this colonial era building come alive!

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Jerusalem, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

The synagogue and the museum show what is unique about the inherent toleration of American society. This value is hardwired into the American constitution and ethos.

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Newport, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

This tour and museum was so interesting to discover facts of the early Jewish people in the area and beyond! A great discovery for history buffs

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Roseville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

The visitors' center is well worth some time. Well done displays and lots of history. The tour guide we had for the synagogue was wonderful and really made the history of the area and the synagogues place in it come alive. Well worth a visit.

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