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Updates on the Touro Synagogue

 
Here you can access some useful recent communications and reports about Shearith Israel's actions in connection to the Touro Synagogue.

 
 
Click here for the message Shearith Israel's leadership sent to the Shearith Israel community. 
 
Click here to read the Open Letter to the Newport community sent by Shearith Israel's officers and clergy on February 3, 2022.
 
Click here to read the 2nd Open Letter to the Newport community sent by Shearith Israel's officers and clergy on February 10, 2022.
 
Click here to read the 3rd Open Letter to the Newport community sent by Shearith Israel's officers and clergy on February 17, 2022.
 
Click here to read the 4th Open Letter to the Newport community sent by Shearith Israel's officers and clergy on February 24, 2022. 
 

Click here to read the 5th Open Letter to the Newport community sent by Shearith Israel on March 3, 2022. 
 
Click here to read the 6th Open Letter to the Newport community sent by Shearith Israel on March 10, 2022. 
 
Click here to read the 7th Open Letter to the Newport community sent by Shearith Israel on March 17, 2022.
 
Click here to read the 8th Open Letter to the Newport community sent by Shearith Israel on March 24, 2022.
 
Click here to read the 9th Open Letter to the Newport community sent by Shearith Israel on March 31, 2022.
 
Click here to read the 10th Open Letter to the Newport community sent by Rev. Zachary Edinger on April 7, 2022.
 
Click here to read our 11th Open Letter to the Newport community sent by Rev. Zachary Edinger on April 14, 2022.
 
Click here to read the 12th Open Letter to the Newport community sent by Shearith Israel on April 21, 2022.
 
Click here to read the 13th Open Letter to the Newport community sent by Shearith Israel on April 29, 2022.
 
Click here to read the 14th Open Letter to the Newport community sent by Shearith Israel on May 5, 2022.
 
Click here to read the 15th Open Letter to the Newport community sent by Shearith Israel on May 12, 2022.

 
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Click here to view this 11+ minute episode of Rhode Island PBS Weekly, aired on April 17, 2022, in which reporter, David Wright, provides history and background, and speaks to the president of Jeshuat Israel and the parnas of Congregation Shearith Israel. 
 
Click here to read a comprehensive analysis by Aaron Ginsberg in Jewish Boston on February 16, 2022. 

 
Click here to read history and background to the current matter, provided by The Economist on February 12, 2022. 
 

Click here to read the Jewish Week article from February 4, 2022 by Andrew Silow-Carroll, editor in chief of The New York Jewish Week and senior editor of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.
 
Click here to listen to the February 3 broadcast on The Public's Radio (the NPR member radio network for the state of Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts) by Newport reporter Antonia Ayres-Brown. 
 

 
 
 
 

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. 

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Hanukkiah

Synagogue tradition associates this Hanukkah lamp with the First Mill Street Synagogue of 1730.

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