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Touro Synagogue

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Address: 85 Touro Street, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: 14018474794
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Sun 12:00 am - 1:30 am
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Dedicated in 1762, this is the oldest synagogue in the United States.

Dedicated in 1762, this is the oldest synagogue in the United States.

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just a walk from the Viking hotel

staying at the Viking made this visit to Touro so easy it is just such a historic place in a city full of history. see Washingtons letter to the Synagogue and its members.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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RHODE ISLAND

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RHODE ISLAND
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

staying at the Viking made this visit to Touro so easy it is just such a historic place in a city full of history. see Washingtons letter to the Synagogue and its members.

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Thank Barry N
Cumming, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Several years ago I first visit this Temple, and it is amazing to step into this building and just picture the men and ladies (upstairs only) praying. There was no one there but the place was filled with prayer hope and love.

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1 Thank Larry F
Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

THis is a must see when visiting newport. known to be the oldest synagouge in america. very inspiring and a lot of history to this place. Tours were very informational.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

Don't miss this during your trip to Newport. Great history of the city, awesome high tech visitors center. It's only open on Sunday's so plan your visit accordingly. There is no parking nearby don't expect to park next to it. If you are lucky you may find some on street parking near by. Expect to walk.

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Jalisco, Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

To say we were in the oldest synagogue in the US still in existence today as a synagogue was rather special and seeing the original Torah given to the temple hundreds of years ago was fascinating. But, as a synagogue itself, it was basically one large room painted in a drab color. The real history lesson here is that of... More 

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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

For an amazing experience, a site worth seeing. Timeless and Historical. Tours are a learning experience, an worth the time.

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Oldest temple in the US. Some interesting historical stuff but just to be there is satisfying. Check for open days before you go.

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Marblehead, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

But it looks like one inside. We were here on Sukkot when the rabbi had difficulty obtaining a minyon, yet the service was welcoming and heart-warming. It is inspiring to learn of RI's separation of church and state and tolerance for diversity of religious expression ... standing there.

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Thank Lynn N
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

The first synagogue in North America with a very interesting history and background. This preserved gem is still active today for Sabbath services as well as tours during the week.

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The Touro Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in the States: it was built in 1763 and it survived all the historical changes during these years. We had a private tour with Mary (as we were the only visitors there) which was very interesting and informative. It's a pity that they don't let people take pictures. Come on - - -... More 

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