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Touro Synagogue

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Address: 85 Touro Street, Newport, RI 02840
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+1 401-847-4794
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Sun 12:00 - 13:30

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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interesting! worth a visit!

We thought it was fascinating! be sure to check the opening times before you go . it acn get very crowded.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We thought it was fascinating! be sure to check the opening times before you go . it acn get very crowded.

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Westport, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Step back in time and learn the history of the oldest jewish house of worship in the country. And also learn how RI was tolerant to all religions. Worth the visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Oldest synagogue in the US. Our guide had fascinating stories to tell. You don't see as much as in the synagogues in Amsterdam e.g., but nevertheless very interesting history.

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Naperville, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Interesting learning about the history of the Jewish faith in America. This is the oldest synagogue in the US. There are tours available and a nice visitor center with a movie. Close to the main drag of Newport, it's worth seeking out.

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East Quogue, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Our guide, Lew, made what could have been a dull tour come to life! The architecture inside the synagogue is amazing. His history lesson was interesting and thought provoking. There is also a small park and visitor's center that is worth spending some time.

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Warwick, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

This is the oldest synagogue in the US and is still used as a house of worship today. Check website for tour times and availability to see this beautiful building. The history is fascinating. There is a visitor center and audio tour. George Washington's letter to RI's Jewish residents is a must read. Be sure to visit the garden as... More 

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Goldens Bridge, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Lovely and informative tour, visitor center information about early Jews in Newport. Close to restaurants and shopping and walking around to see beautiful Newport homes

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Parsippany, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

The oldest still in use synagogue in America. Rich in history that was perfectly explained by our tour guide. The Touro synagogue played an important historical part in the formation of our country. No matter your faith, this a must see in Newport.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

At a glance the building is modest and unassuming and in the off season it's only open for a visit one day a week (Sunday). Plan carefully as this is a must-not-miss sight in Newport, and in the United States as a whole. Established in 1763, it is the oldest standing synagogue in the country, but more importantly it represents... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

This perfectly restored chapel, dating to the mid-1700's, is a living congregation and a museum. The synagogue's claim to fame as the country's first synagogue is deepened by hearing the remarkable letter to the congregation from George Washington, a foundational statement of freedom of religion. It is so very resonant now, this ringing affirmation of America's protection of different faiths.

Thank michael g

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