2009-06-18 / About Town

Touro Synagoge resumes tours for the summer

Tours of Touro Synagogue, the oldest Jewish temple in the country, have resumed this summer after a brief hiatus caused by financial pressures over the winter.

The Newport synagogue, built in 1759 and dedicated in 1763, serves Congregation Jeshuat Israel, which was first established in Newport in1658. Tours give visitors the opportunity to learn first-hand the synagogue’s history and the central role it played in the establishment of religious freedom and toleration in America.

Through June 30, tours will be available to the general public from noon to 2 pm. Sunday through Friday. From July 1 through July 31, hours will be expanded to 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. And from August 1 to September 6, the hours will run from 10 a.m. to 4 pm. Group tours may also be scheduled. No tours will be offered on Saturdays.

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