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Touro Synagogue

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Address: 85 Touro St, Newport, RI 02840-2969
Phone Number: 14018474794
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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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Great sense of history and ideological foundation of the city.

This is the first Synagogue in the Unite States and certainly carries a great deal of historical significance. Makes Newport for what it stands a true city of tolerance. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is the first Synagogue in the Unite States and certainly carries a great deal of historical significance. Makes Newport for what it stands a true city of tolerance. The Synagogue was visited by George Washington, served as a city hall and witnessed some of the important historical events in the city. An absolute must see for anyone who appreciates... More 

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Haverford, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Although my family was too tired to tour the inside of this Synagogue, the first in the USA, just sitting in the gardens outside imbued us with a special sense of emotional connection to this spiritually evocative Temple.

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Sandy Springs, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to Touro not knowing it's history. We had a docent that gave us a one hour personal tour. She told us that the building was constructed before the Revolutionary War. The reason it survived in tact was due to it being used as a hospital by the British, as they occupied all of Rhode Island. It has been... More 

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Scarsdale, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You don't have to be Jewish to appreciate the historical significance of the Touro Synagogue in helping to pave the way for religious freedom in The United States of America. In August 1790, Moses Seixas, representing the newly established Hebrew Congregation in Newport, Rhode Island, wrote to President George Washington, welcoming him to their community. George Washington responded with a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting the Touro synagogue is so interesting for people of every religion. My husband and I are Jewish but we learned about how Rhode Island was a place that welcomed everyone back in the 1600's when other areas did not have tolerance for many. The docent told us about the founding and history of the synagogue and there were interactive... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a most interesting historical site. It is suitable for people of all religious backgrounds because of its historical content. You only need about 45 minutes here. Thirty minutes of the tour and you can easily spend another 15 to 30 minutes in the visitor's center.

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Rockville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Before this visit, I didn't know much about Touro synagogue. However, I highly recommend this tour if you have any interest not only in the oldest Jewish synagogue in America, but if you care anything about how religious freedom was secured in America. A fascinating history and story that all Americans should learn about. And if you don't go, at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

How wonderful to see the oldest operating synagogue in the US. We had a wonderful, enthusiastic young man who gave us the history of the creation and building of this congregation. Don't miss it.

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Rockville Centre, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are interested in American history, go if you are in Newport. Jewish history tied to early American history

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This beautiful synagogue and garden is located in Newport in an area known as Washington Square. There is a visitors center with two floors of history and a film. There are lots of historic churches in the area. It is a symbol of religious freedom and tolerance. It was dedicated in 1763 before the American Revolution! President Washington sent them... More 

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