Touro Synagogue Newport County, Rhode Island
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
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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. A few years later (1663), the royal charter of Rhode Island formalized the established local practice that everyone has "full liberty in religious concernments." Newport's Jews thrived in the trade business and for over a century held services and ceremonies in each other's homes... view full text »
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- Last Updated
- February 4, 2015
- First Published
- October 8, 2013
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- Holly Hayes
- Touro Synagogue - Newport County, Rhode Island