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Touro Synagogue

85 Touro Street, Newport, RI 02840
401-847-4794
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Ranked #5 of 66 attractions in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites
Description: Dedicated in 1762, this is the oldest synagogue in the United States.
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Montreal, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

There are so many wonderful aspects to this site that it is difficult to know what to focus on. The architectural design is beautiful and especially interesting because the architect was not Jewish and had no experience with synagogue design. Still he was able to create a space which, while smaller, is comparable to some of the great synagogues of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The Touro tour and exhibit at the Loeb Center provide interesting background and history to both Newport and Jews in colonial America. Building is unmarked but you need to go to the adjacent Loeb Center first to buy tickets.

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Orlando
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The staff is friendly and informed. The tour is informative and well presented. We also enjoyed touring the grounds and spending time in the visitors' center. A must-see if you are in Newport.

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East Hartford, CT
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Apart from its design by a non-Jewish self-trained "gentleman architect," I found the most interesting aspect of the synagogue's history to be its preservation by three generations of non-Jews. This occurred after most of the Jews left following the decline of Newport as a trading center, in no small measure due to the British occupation during the war. There is... More

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New York City
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91 reviews 91 reviews
51 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Not only is the Touro Synagogue the oldest in America, but it is still functioning for the local community and guests. If you are in Newport be sure to visit.

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Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Not only historical (oldest synagogue in use in America), but also beautiful. Can tour the inside (go early, buy your ticket), and also enjoy the outside. At night it's lovely as well. The visitor's center has an afternoon Jewish walking tour of Newport that is well-worth the hour.

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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We had been looking forward to seeing this synagogue as it's founding goes back to 1658. We were not disappointed. It's a stop you should definitely make. They have a lovely visitor's center as well telling of the Jewish history of the area. Be sure to call for hours.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Loved the tour of the Touro Synagogue, which is very beautiful. The guide, Lew, gave a very easy to understand guide through the history involving the synagogue and, all those that lead to its existence ... definitely one of the highlights of my visit to Newport, RI

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Long Island City, New York
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51 reviews 51 reviews
16 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We have visited this synagogue several times. It is always interesting to visit inside and also to view the grounds. I think this would be a good place to visit for a group trip.

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Brooklyn, New York
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18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The synagogue and grounds are lovely and you can sense the holiness and the history. There are informative tours until 3:30pm for a reasonable fee, which is used for preserving the site. There is a small visitor center which combines the history of Rhode Island, the USA and the Jewish presence in America. The synagogue truly represents "freedom of religion"... More

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