Touro Synagogue

The Touro Synagogue Case: Two Views

07/05/2016 - 17:36


The Case For Local Control



Noel Rubinton, Special To The Jewish Week

The legal battle over historic Touro Synagogue in Newport, R.I. Wikimedia Commons

The Case For Local Control At Historic Touro


With Shearith Israel appeal underway, the legal battle continues.

06/29/2016 - 12:09
Special To The Jewish Week

Sitting in Newport’s Touro Synagogue has a distinctly otherworldly feeling. The nation’s oldest synagogue building, erected in 1763, is full of treasures that predate the Revolutionary War. The 12-branch candelabra and brass ner tamid are two prominent parts of that heritage, and tall candles burn on Shabbat and holidays. On Yom Kippur, the sanctuary is dark except for candles.

Touro Synagogue, Wikimedia commons

NY Congregation To Appeal Ruling On Historic Touro Synagogue

06/15/2016 - 12:22

Congregation Shearith Israel in New York will appeal a federal court ruling last month stripping its control of the historic Touro Synagogue in Rhode Island.

Congregation Shearith Israel. Wikimedia Commons

Shearith Israel Loses Control Of Touro

Historic Newport synagogue belongs to current worshipers, not N.Y. trustee, judge rules.

05/18/2016 - 09:21

A federal judge has granted control of the country’s oldest synagogue to the Rhode Island congregation that worships there and not the building’s Manhattan-based founding organization.

The congregants of Touro Synagogue in Newport, R.I..  Wikimedia Commons

The American Jewish Experience: An Experiment In Freedom

12/02/2013 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt of the talk delivered Dec. 1 at the Touro Synagogue in Providence, R.I., marking the 250th year of its founding.

I am honored to be here to offer words on the 250th anniversary of the Touro Synagogue. As we celebrate this historic occasion, I want to take a moment to imagine what those first 15 Spanish and Portuguese Jewish families who came to Newport in 1658 would think if they could see us here today. For more than a century a small community of Newport Jews worshipped in rooms, in private homes before they could even afford to build a synagogue – this synagogue – which they dedicated on Dec. 2, 1763. The promise of that moment has been realized beyond anything those people standing right here 250 years ago could have possibly imagined. How blessed we are to be living in this moment.

Some Synagogues In Northeast Canceling Services As Blizzard Approaches

02/07/2013 - 19:00

Some synagogues have cancelled services ahead of a potentially historic blizzard.

At least synagogues in Providence, R.I., have called off Shabbat services this week in light of the expected severe weather. More than two feet are expected in Providence, one of the highest predicted snowfalls.

"Due to the impending blizzard all worship services have been canceled Friday, Saturday and Sunday," said a recorded message at Providence's Temple Beth-El on Friday afternoon.

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