Touro Synagogue

Local nameTouro Synagogue
LocationNewport, Rhode Island, United States

The Touro Synagogue or Congregation Jeshuat Israel is a synagogue built in 1763 in Newport, Rhode Island. It is the oldest synagogue building still standing in the United States, the only surviving synagogue building in the U.S. dating to the colonial era, and the oldest surviving Jewish synagogue building in North America. In 1946, it was declared a National Historic Site.The first congregation was made up of Sephardic Jews, who are believed to have come via the West Indies, where both the Dutch and English had settlements. They practiced a Spanish and Portuguese Jewish liturgy and ritual. Later some early Ashkenazim joined the congregation. In the late eighteenth century, when warfare threatened, the congregation transferred the deed and Torah scrolls to Congregation Shearith Israel in New York for safekeeping. In the late 19th century, the congregation was primarily Ashkenazim, but they continued to practice the Sephardic liturgy at the synagogue.

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Official Website

Phone +1 401 847 4794

Address 85 Touro St, Newport, RI 02840, USA

Coordinates 41°29'21.959" N -71°18'42.962" E

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