Touro Synagogue Newport County, Rhode Island 1763
Founded in 1763, this is the oldest synagogue in America. Its history represents the religious tolerance that has always characterized Rhode Island.
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- Touro SynagogueCongregation Jeshuat Israel
- 41.489437° N, 71.311950° W
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- 1763 constructed
- 85 Touro Street02840
- (401) 847-4794
Historyby Holly Hayes
October 27, 2011
Newport's Jewish congregation was formed in the spring of 1658, when a party of 15 Jewish families arrived from the Caribbean, possibly Barbados or Curacao. They were fleeing religious persecution, just as their ancestors had done from Spain and Portugal. They received a warm welcome in religiously tolerant Newport. They named it after Isaac Touro, a prominent member of the congregation. Harrison was an Anglican and had never seen a synagogue in his life, so the congregation showed him sketches of the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam. continue reading →
Overviewby Holly Hayes
October 27, 2011
The Georgian-style architecture of Touro Synagogue was based on the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam and later influenced Thomas Jefferson's design of Monticello and the University of Virginia. It has a simple square plan, with two tiers of round-headed windows and a narrow porch. The synagogue is aligned so the congregation faces east to Jerusalem, requiring to be placed at an angle on its lot. Inside, the furnishings of Touro Synagogue revolve around the number twelve, representing the Twelve Tribes of Israel. continue reading →
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- Holly Hayes
- October 8, 2013
- Last updated
- July 11, 2014