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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
11:00 - 13:30
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Sun - Fri 11:00 - 13:30

Dedicated in 1763, this is the oldest synagogue in the United States.

Dedicated in 1763, this is the oldest synagogue in the United States.

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My first trip inside a synagogue. The history of the oldest standing synagogue in the USA is fascinating, and was beautifully told by Linda. We were given a great insight into the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My first trip inside a synagogue. The history of the oldest standing synagogue in the USA is fascinating, and was beautifully told by Linda. We were given a great insight into the tolerance for religions shown by Rhode Island during the period of change from the colony to the integration into the US. The lessons are relevant today. This is... More 

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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The oldest synagogue in the US, visited by Washington, and the source of his famous letter guaranteeing religious freedom prior to the Bill of Rights. Docents are knowledgeable, limited photography is allowed. Also visit the new Loeb visitors center for a quick video, a small exhibit, and to buy your tickets. Hours are limited, check the website in advance of... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The oldest synagogue in the US is well worth the time to visit. Check ahead to find out the times of tours. Religious freedom is a theme in Rhode Island- take the time to explore this important part of American history.

Thank Martha K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It isn't just Jewish history, it's an important part of the history of the U.S. The story here tells us something about how our nation's attitudes and values were formed. The synagogue is beautiful and well-maintained. The guides are excellent and entertaining. The interior tour is relatively short and very pleasant; you get to sit and hear a fascinating story.... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Oldest synagogue (building, not community) in the US. The tour isn't really a tour, it's sitting to listen to a talk about the history of the community and building in Newport. Women's section upstairs is only open for services. The tour and overall campus do a great job of showcasing Newport's religious tolerance throughout history. It's so much more than... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Touro synagogue is the oldest synagogue in the U.S. Several presidents have visited, including George Washington, who in 1990 gave one of the most important speeches here in American history and emphasized religious toleration. It is read annually at the synagogue. They still have services. Lew was our guide and was outstanding.

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Saugus, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed a walking tour of Jewish Newport with Karen, a Docent from the Touro Synagogue followed by a talk inside the Synagogue about its history. Very enlightening and nice to still see this historic synagogue thriving.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

I wish all synagogues had the clean look of this historic classic. Because of the history and beauty, should be visited by people of all faiths.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

There is so much history in Newport, the city is alive with it. Touro Synagogue is a beautiful little piece of that history. Be sure to stop in and read about it. I have been there twice. Took my boyfriend this time, he had never been to Newport.

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Reviewed 8 April 2017

Visited both before and then again after the major reconstruction of this historically-important place. It is truly beautiful and wonderful how the original synagogue space has been preserved even while modern support was added.

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