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“Excellent History Lesson”
Review of Touro Synagogue

Touro Synagogue
Ranked #9 of 119 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 5, 2013

Through our excellent tour guide we learned that the oldest standing synagogue in America is more than just a symbol for American Jews. It is a testament to the first settlers of Newport who believed in religious freedom, and a testament to George Washington who wrote about how tolerance of religious diversity is not enough and that our country should have freedom for religious diversity. The building was built by one of Rhode Island's premier architects and modeled after the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam.

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Reviewed September 4, 2013

The building is nice enough but the reason to go is to see and be part of the history of the place. The place is too small to have a tour per se but you sit in the sanctuary and hear an interesting presentation. Good exhibit in the visitor center. If your thinking about going you should.

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Having visited numerous synagogues around the world, I was a bit disappointed by this tour. We had a senior citizen who spoke unclearly in a monotone voice to us while we sat in modern colonial style hard wooden chairs in a hot sanctuary which was sparce in its decor. It would have been more exciting to be able to roam around the grounds a bit more and even see some of the relics in more detail. The ancient worn scrolls were understandably behind glass. The arc was not opened at all. We were not permitted to visit the upstairs portion where the women sit during services. The lecture the guide gave could have easily been found on the Internet or in a US History textbook, so we didn't come away from the tour much more knowledgeable. I came to this tour hoping to connect my Judaism with those of this synagogue's history but failed to do this as the tour was a bit uninspiring.

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Time your arrival so you can spend at least 15 minutes in the Loeb Visitors Center before you go into the synagogue for th guided tour. The Center provides historic background on the building of the synagogue, religious freedom in Rhode Island from the 1600s, relations between Jews and christians in NEwport in the Colonial Period and, most importantly, George Washington's Letter on Religious Freedom written to the Hebrew congregation in Newport in 1790. Also, a multimedia exhibit shows images and gives biographical notes on more than 200 American Jews whose portraits were painted before 1865.

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Reviewed September 2, 2013

The tour was interesting. The guide was very good. There is also a nice exhibit where you can see small movies about the life in 18th century.

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