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Touro Synagogue, Newport

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Touro Synagogue, dedicated in 1763, is the oldest synagogue building in the United States. A structure of exquisite beauty and design, steeped in history and ideals, the synagogue is considered one of the ten most architecturally distinguished buildings of 18th century America and the most historically significant Jewish building in the United States. The congregation was founded in 1658 by the descendants of 'Marranos' who fled the Inquisitions in Spain and Portugal and who themselves left the Caribbean seeking the greater religious tolerance that Rhode Island offered. In his famous letter to the "Hebrew congregation at Newport," written in 1790, President George Washington pledged that our new nation would give "to bigotry no sanction and to persecution no assistance." Touro Synagogue is a symbol of religious freedom for all Americans. It was designated a National Historic Site in 1946. Each year, over 30,000 visitors cross the synagogue threshold to pray, to see its magnificent interior and to hear its remarkable story.

Touro Synagogue hires new Spiritual Leader, Rabbi Dr. Marc Mandel: http://www.jvhri.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3091:touro-synagogue-welcomes-rabbi-marc-and-jacqueline-mandel&Itemid=62

ABOUT RABBI DR. MARC AND JACKIE MANDEL: http://vimeo.com/10286445
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  • a really nice building on well maintained grounds and from the old times has a place where the original jewish members were placed after they passed away..Inside is a true look at the way the members ...  more »
  • Lovely Shabbat services on a snowy day. I don't usually daven in a shul with a mechitzah, but the ability to gaze up and see the sun shining on my wife's punim made for a wonderful morning. People ver...  more »
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  • I was given a personal tour of this beautiful space because I happened to be the only person there for that time slot. What an important part of America's religious history and a great group of people happy to share their story.
  • A jewel box of a synagogue. The visitor center sets you up with context to appreciate the building itself. The real treat is the very educational talk by the docent, Linda, as we viewed the building. Excellent!

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