By Dr. Melvin I. Urofsky,David M. Kleiman,Ambassador John L. Loeb
Drawn to the promise that during Roger Williams’ Rhode Island colony “none can be disturbed of their worship,” Newport’s Sephardic Jewish settlers have been innovators, aiding lead the city into its financial “Golden Age.” It was once to the Newport Jewish neighborhood that George Washington wrote his strong “Letter to the Hebrew Congregation” in 1790, promising that the U. S. executive could supply “to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.”
Newport’s variety and spiritual tolerance enabled this neighborhood to thrive and, in 1763, to devote a synagogue –America’s oldest status synagogue and a countrywide old web site. Now celebrating the 250th anniversary of its commitment, Touro Synagogue continues to be domestic to an energetic Jewish congregation carrying on with within the religious culture of Newport’s early settlers.
Written for a common viewers of every age, in an enthralling and easy-to-read structure, Urofsky explores the richness of this ethnic group in a sophisticated New England seaport. Full-color illustrations remove darkness from participation in political, social, financial and civil existence. The ebook presents readers of all religions with insights into a frequently forgotten, very important and encouraging element of yank history.
Urofsky notes that, “Starting within the past due 1890’s, a outstanding sequence of occasions ended in the revitalization of the neighborhood and Touro Synagogue. In 1947, Congress declared the development a countrywide ancient shrine. given that then, Jews of Newport and around the usa have restored and beautified the Touro Synagogue and its surrounding park.” the newest bankruptcy within the synagogue’s historical past all started in 2009 with the hole of the Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr. viewers middle, gateway to Touro Synagogue nationwide old Site.
The booklet was once released with the beneficiant aid of The David Berg origin; in addition: a software of the J.M. Kaplan Fund; and Ambassador John L. Loeb, Jr.
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A Genesis of Religious Freedom: The Story of the Jews of Newport, RI and Touro Synagogue by Dr. Melvin I. Urofsky,David M. Kleiman,Ambassador John L. Loeb