Today in History–December 2–the Library of Congress features the Touro Synagogue, dedicated on this date in 1763. Named for the first officiating rabbi, Isaac Touro, the first synagogue in the U.S. was built in Newport, Rhode Island. Learn more about the Touro Synagogue and Newport’s Jewish community by visiting the Today in History section as well as the links below.
First Jewish Synagogue Was Dedicated in the United States from America’s Library
Jewish Congregation in Colonial Newport, Rhode Island Hispanic Division
America as a Religious Refuge – Jews Find a Refuge in America online exhibition
The Jews of Newport 1908