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

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This is a must see in order to appreciate the roots of diversity in America. The secret to American success is their acceptance very early on of all cultures and religions and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

This is a must see in order to appreciate the roots of diversity in America. The secret to American success is their acceptance very early on of all cultures and religions and this synagogue is a testimony to that feat. It is very well maintained and informative and gives you a good idea of life as an early American.

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Corning New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

This was one tour I was really looking forward to taking and I was not disappointed. We purchased our tickets at the Visitor's Center - but they are also available at the Loeb's Center located next to the Synagogue. So wonderful that this building and it's legacy has been preserved.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

This was the highlight of our trip to Newport! Given the mansions and charming wharf area, that is saying a lot! The Loeb's Visitor Center was great with interactive, informative exhibits especially on the 2nd floor where short drama video clips accompany every display. Hearing the history of this community and how Rhode Island was unique in establishing religious freedom... More 

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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We live here and have been to the synagogue many times ourselves and w/ guests. It is an important piece of history. Not only is this the oldest synagogue in North America, it is an architectural gem. Plus it's association w/ Washington and religious freedom and toleration is something no one should forget.

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East Hartford, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Very glad we stopped here while in Newport. What a wonderful history lesson and beautiful synagogue. The tour guide was very informed. Would have liked a closer look at the Torah that is behind glass.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

Yes, it's a Synagogue, a Jewish place of worship. It is more than that. It is most likely where the First Amendment of the Bill Of Rights came to mind. President George Washington's letter to the congregation after his visit layed the ground work for freedom of religion in the newly formed Union of American Colonies. The Synagogue has been... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The oldest synagoge in the US. it has a very interesting story behind it. The story of a very tolerant city (Newport) which made it possible for several religions to live together in times when it was not possible in other cities/countries. The guided tour is a must and it is fascinating.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Went for shabbos services. Very nice atmosphere. Rabbi is very welcoming. It feels special davening in this historical landmark.

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Westfield, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This was an impressive tour. Didn't expect much and was not pleased about having to pay an admission, but this tour was worth it. Shared the history of the synagogue, the Jewish people, and how Newport was truly a town of religious freedom and acceptance. Very inspiring history, and the woman shared some very little-known facts. The time flew by.... More 

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Little Compton, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Excellent tour and very interesting history and architecturally interesting building. This tour gives a great history of early Newport no matter what one's religious backgrounc

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