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“Great tour for people of all faiths”
Review of Touro Synagogue

Touro Synagogue
Ranked #6 of 120 things to do in Newport
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Owner description: Dedicated in 1763, this is the oldest synagogue in the United States.
Reviewed September 28, 2012

This was the last tour we did in Newport. There are so many wonderful places I thought it was just another historic place but I'm happy we went. There was a wonderful visitor center introduction by Ambassador Loeb who is descended from theTouru family in Newport. The upper floor has interactive scenes of actors perform as townspeople in the 17th century. The synagogue is a striking building. the docent gave details of how the bulding was preserved in turbulent times during the British 3year occupation of Newport and the atmosphere of religious tolerance in Newport during the period. Within two blocks of the building there were structures of other faiths (quaker, anglican, baptist, catholic). The historic/religious artifacts include a 500 year old torah, altar candle sticks from 1776 and other items. The docent also talked about the Washington letter to the congregation, a remarkable document of the first president's encouragement of religious tolerance in RI and for the new United States. We didn't have time to tour the Jewish cemetary 2 blocks away but this would probably be a good time to do after visiting the synagogue.

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Reviewed September 28, 2012

Excellent docent tour of still functioning synagogue. Background on letter from congregation to G. Washington was so interesting and then our follow up at the American Jewish Museum in Philadelphia where the response from Washington was on display for the first time in 10 years. It was the perfect experience! The welcome center is informative and has interactive displays that would be very good for school age kids and adults. Beautiful grounds. So glad to have done this and bring your Park Service Passport book for stamping!

Thank lesiel
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Reviewed September 27, 2012

We really enjoyed our time here. Both the tour at the synagogue and the time we spent at the Visitor Center were really well spent.Very interesting. We had a knowledgeable guide at the synagogue and were pretty much on our own at the Visitor Center. They offered many interesting exhibits so you can take as much or as little time as you want there. Fascinating history. Glad we went.

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Reviewed September 25, 2012

Oldest continuing Jewish Synagogue in the U.S. The give you a wonderful tour of the building and the circumstances of its origins. Does not cost too much and you do learn a little about Newport history.

Thank jerrsha
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Reviewed September 21, 2012

The exhibits here show in little skits how it was to be a Jew in Colonial America. I didn't know this was the first Synagogue in the US! The history tied to the founding of our country and religious freedom Started HERE...it felt so amazing to imagine George Washington in Temple...trying to get support from the Jewish population for the new country. It is where it All began.

Thank Ken R
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