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Touro Synagogue

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Address: 85 Touro St, Newport, RI 02840-2969
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+1 401-847-4794
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Sun 12:00 - 13:30
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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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beautiful building

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago 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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

A visit to the Touro Synagogue should not be missed! The synagogue has expanded to include a beautiful visitor center where there are lovely and very informative displays and a film. There is also a pretty garden. The synagogue itself is beautiful in its simplicity. The tour guide was wonderful - very informative and friendly.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

We specifically went to Newport to see the synagogue. The tour guide was very informative. The displays in the visitor center also give information about the synagogue and the individuals that founded and were members. It is still used today as a place of worship with a small congregation.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Tour of this important historic site was terrific. The synagogue and its history is very interesting. Recommend checking ahead of time for times of tours.

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