Congregation Jeshuat Israel Rhode Island

Founded in 1763, this is the oldest synagogue in America. Its history represents the religious tolerance that has always characterized Rhode Island.

Quick Facts

Go Historic ID
249883
Names
Congregation Jeshuat Israel
Touro Synagogue
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Timeline

1658
Congregation Jeshuat Israel is founded in Newport, Rhode Island, by 15 Jewish families fleeing religious persecution in the Caribbean.
1759
Construction begins on Touro Synagogue
1763
Construction of Touro Synagogue
Dec 1763
Dedication of Touro Synagogue
1790
Washington Promises Religious Freedom for Jews