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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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Fascinating to see

Fascinating to see 1st synagogue in USA and learn of the beautiful letter George Washington wrote to the congrergation. Apparently George though never came here and the letter is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fascinating to see 1st synagogue in USA and learn of the beautiful letter George Washington wrote to the congrergation. Apparently George though never came here and the letter is privately owned and hidden away somewhere.Shul is elegant and simplistic on a beautiful piece of land . Jews were forced out of NY by apparently a very anti-semitic Stuyvesant,whose name adorns... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had the unique experience of being at the Synagogue for a Saturday morning service. While there, we were reminded of the religious tolerance Rhode Island established and stands by. The Synagogue is well preserved and has a very interesting history,

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Although we are not Jewish, we were interested in visiting the Touro Synagogue. Admission includes a small museum in the main/visitor's building (two floors) and a 30 minute lecture/tour in the Synagogue. The lecture/tour is every 30 minutes and provides a rich history of the Touro family and the building itself. Very interesting and informative.

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Since my husband is Jewish, we felt like we had to go. We learned a bit about the history of Newport. Very informative

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Elkland, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the oldest Synagogue in the US. It has a visitors center and a half hour tour of the inside of the Synagogue. The tour guide Lou was very informative in his description of the Synagogue and the history. It is an active Synagogue, so they do not hold tours during days they have services and High Holy Days.... More 

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Mattituck, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was quite inspiring to visit the synagogue and learn more about Jewish life in the colonies. Rhode Island really was a beacon of tolerance and peaceful coexistence. Our tour guide knew seemingly everything about the building and all its significance, and was entertaining and charismatic.

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tour is quite short, really just about a half hour informative speech given while sitting in the synagogue, but I still highly recommend it. The guide was very informative and seemed very emotionally invested, as if she really cared and enjoyed her job. The history was fascinating to hear and it was awe inspiring to view a 500 year... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This synagogue is very charming. First of all this an orthodox synagogue. Second Four U. S. Presidents have been here. Third you can only see it on a tour. Last the people who work here are nice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spectacular synagogue with a tremendous amount of rich history, was nice to see such an old synagogue still in full action with all the prayers in the summer months and only weekend prayers throughout the winter.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is so much to learn about the founding of this country and the concept of religious freedom by visiting Touro Synagogue. You do not have to be Jewish to enjoy the tour and information from the Tour guide. Go!

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