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WAIT-LIST ONLY - July 4th Trip to the Touro Synagogue

with Rabbi Meir Soloveichik

Thursday, July 4

We have reached capacity; however there is a chance that some spaces will open up. To sign up for our wait-list, please contact Barbara Reiss at and include:

  • Your name
  • Name of additional attendees, if any
  • Specify if you are a Shearith Israel member or not
  • Would you like to be a sponsor at the $1776 level (includes up to 2 adults and 3 children) or $365 level (includes 1 adult)

Join Rabbi Soloveichik for an all-day field trip to Newport, Rhode Island, home of our historic sister synagogue, the Touro Synagogue. We will depart from Shearith Israel at 7:00 am and leave Newport at 7:30 pm.
Highlights of this full-day excursion will include: 

  •  preparatory talks on the bus by Rabbi Soloveichik


  •  walking tour of Jewish Newport, led by Rabbi Soloveichik


  •  costumed reading of the Declaration of Independence from the balcony of the Old Colony House as they did in 1776


  •  memorial service (hashcabah) at the cemetery, led by Rabbi Soloveichik


  •  light lunch and dinner, hosted by Congregation Jeshuat Israel


  •  major historical lecture delivered by Rabbi Soloveichik, at the Touro Synagogue,  "A Tale of Two Letters: Washington's Words to Newport and Savannah"

To sign up, click here. Sponsorship opportunities available
Regular pricing: Members: $120, Non-Members: $180. Youth under 21 at 50%.
Sponsorship levels: $1776 (includes up to 2 adults and 3 children) or $365 (includes 1 adult)

First Mill Street Synagogue

The little synagogue on Mill Street was the first structure designed and built to be a synagogue in continental North America. 

Omer Board

Shearith Israel’s “Omer Board” dates back to the Mill Street Synagogue of 1730, and may indeed go back to the early years of the Congregation’s history.