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One to Never Set Foot In?
August 10, 2017

The joke goes that every Jew belongs to two synagogues -- the one where they go and another where they never set foot in. When it comes to America's oldest synagogue other rules apply. So much so that a retired Supreme Court Justice had to get involved.  
In the past couple of weeks I was in Newport on five separate occasions (jazz does that to a person), and on each of them drove up Touro Street on the same side of this unique building where the picture (above) is taken. I'm not sure why, but I like to take that route which is not the shortest. I have been following this developing story (which I think is far from over) and thought I'd share it here. With its impressive real estate and history and close proximity, the sleepy seaside community of Newport, Rhode Island, is always of interest.

Who owns America's oldest synagogue? It's a 350-year-old argument. And for Touro Synagogue,... [Read more>>>]


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