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Touro Synagogue

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Address: 85 Touro Street, Newport, RI 02840
Phone Number: 14018474794
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12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Sun 12:00 am - 1:30 am
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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 Tour

A very interesting tour! I brought a small bus tour and everyone really enjoyed themselves - both young and old. They did a great job!

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A very interesting tour! I brought a small bus tour and everyone really enjoyed themselves - both young and old. They did a great job!

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Rhinebeck, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you like history, stop at this synagogue to immerse yourself in the example of religious freedom in America dating back to the time of George Washington. It has truly required huge efforts to maintain this early building and all the original works inside.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

As an Orthodox jew it was so amazing to see the oldest Shul in the states. It was superb to hear the rich history of this shul and what went into keeping it around for so many years.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Beautifully maintained building. Congregation has letter from George Washington calling for religious liberty in the new country. Worth a visit for any student of history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I am a big history buff so I was thrilled to arrive here after having researched the Spanish and Portuguese origins of this synagogue built long before the American Revolution. However the guide could not answer several questions and did not seem to be familiar with Hebraic inscriptions and their meanings, and could not answer questions posed by children in... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I joined a tour of the Touro Synagogue spur of the moment, and it was a highlight of my three days in Newport. The tour was not centered exclusively on the history of the synagogue but delivered in the context of American historical events. I learned so much and would recommend anyone visiting Newport to make time for this tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited here many, many years ago and were pleasantly surprised to see how well organized our visit was . The visitor center is quite informative and worth seeing either before or after the tour. The tour guide will take you into the synagogue and share it's history and significance. It has been carefully preserved, and yet remains in active... More 

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Hewlett, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My visit to Touro Synagogue taught me a lot about Judiasm years ago. It was very interesting to see the first Synagogue in the United States.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Touro was on our list. We entered via the Visitor Center and took the tour. It's a must to be able to visit the actual synagogue. Our guide was excellent. Colleen gave a great explanation and offered insights on the early Colonial Jewish experience in Newport. After the tour, go back to the Visitor Center. It's not a Museum but... More 

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Mohegan Lake, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visitors center starts the visit. Inside the tour guide gives a history of the synagogue that is very interesting.

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