Free Admission for Rhode Islanders at Touro Synagogue’s Loeb Visitors Center

Discover the beginnings of American religious tolerance and freedom at the oldest synagogue in the United States.

The Loeb Visitors Center. Photo courtesy of the George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom.

In celebration of the Loeb Visitors Center‘s tenth anniversary, all Rhode Island residents have been granted a free invitation to the center and the Touro Synagogue through December 31. Discover the beginnings of American religious tolerance and freedom at the oldest synagogue in the United States. Explore the most beautiful and architecturally distinguished buildings of the eighteenth century while learning about the history of the Jewish community.

Through November 1, free admissions to the Loeb Vistors Center and Touro Synagogue are Sundays through Fridays with synagogue tours available every half hour from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Starting November 3, free admissions will be on Sundays only with synagogue tours every half hour from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Virtual tours are available at the Loeb Visitors Center’s website.

The Loeb Visitors Center opens a half hour before the start of the first tour and closes a half hour after the last tour has ended. Both the LVC and the Touro Synagogue are closed during worship services. Visit the Touro Synagogue website for more information on dates, hours and tours.

The center is located at 52 Spring St. in Newport and is the gateway to the Touro Synagogue. For questions, call at 401-847-0070 or 401-847-4794 ext. 207.

In addition to free admission, a limited amount of Melvin I. Urofsky’s prize-winning book, A Genesis of Religious Freedom: The Story of the Jews of Newport, RI and Touro Synagogue, are available for free too! To request a copy, send an email to info@gwirf.org with “Book Request” as the subject and include your name, address and phone number. You can also write to The George Washington Institute for Religious Freedom, PO Box 670, Purchase, NY 10577 to request a copy. Book shipping is free as well, so order now while supplies last.

 

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