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Touro Synagogue

Address: 85 Touro Street, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: 401-847-4794
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Ranked #8 of 62 Attractions in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Dedicated in 1762, this is the oldest synagogue in the United States.
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Cultural
Hours:
Sun - Fri 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Owner description: Dedicated in 1762, this is the oldest synagogue in the United States.

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Rhode Island
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Touro is extremely well kept up and the new museum next to it is excellent. The museum shows video recreations of the beginnings of Newport. Well worth a stop. Each year they have a special afternoon in which someone reads the letter George Washington sent to Touro after his visit there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Amazing place to visit and connect too. The shul was stunning and antique full at the same time. Maintence on the shul makes it a beautiful scene. Would definetely want to come back again!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We enjoyed the tour of the synagogue - the oldest in continental US. The docent gave a very comprehensive overview of how the Jewish community added to the history of Newport, RI. Must see!

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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Had wanted to visit this historic synagogue for some time and was pleased to have been able to do so.

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teaneck
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Interesting slice of history and it is still functioning as a synagogue. There is a famous letter from George Washington relating to religious freedom and the contribution of this congregation.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

My fiancee is very dedicated to her Jewish Heritage and this place allowed her to connect to the past in a very meaningful way. You can feel the history within the Synagogue when you enter (Washington, JFK and Ford sat in the same room you take your tour in) and it is humbling knowing what the building meant to Jews... More 

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Kensington, Maryland
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This is the oldest synagogue in the US and there are still 110 families who are members. After 251 years, it is still an active synagogue and the facility is in amazing condition. Well worth the visit.

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Scotch Plains, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The history of this synagogue makes it a destination not to be missed. The oldest synagogue in the US which is still actively holding services in its original location makes this an important historical site to tour.

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

It was very interesting to learn about the migration of Jews to the US and how they came to settle in Newport. The building is wonderfully restored and is still an active congregation.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

i only went during services and the Rabbi gave us a tour. Hes a great guy and definitely a stop to add on your itinerary

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