Today in History: Touro Synagogue

Touro Synagogue

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

Touro Synagogue images & architectural drawings

Historical newspaper articles mentioning Touro Synagogue

Correspondence between George Washington and Newport Jewish leader Moses Seixas

Moses Seixas historical newspaper coverage

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

Jewish primary source collections