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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