Touro Synagogue Foundation

Newport, RI   |  www.tourosynagogue.org

Mission

Rarely do history, tradition and the ideal of religious tolerance and freedom converge in a place of such exquisite beauty and design as Touro Synagogue ? the oldest synagogue in North America. Dedicated in 1763, Touro Synagogue is considered to be one of the most architecturally distinguished buildings of 18th century America. Designed by Peter Harrison, one of America?s first and finest architects, it is a pristine and perfectly proportioned example of classical Georgian architecture. Of greatest importance is Touro Synagogues link to the precept of religious tolerance. The connection was indelibly forged in 1790 when President George Washington wrote his letter?To the Hebrew Congregation in Newport Rhode Island? and promised that the new nation would give ? to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.? With those few words, he set the standard for religious freedom and civil liberties in America. In both its architectural and historical significance, Touro Synagogue stands as a symbol for the American values of democracy and freedom of conscience. Touro Synagogue is open to the general public. Each year, thousands of visitors, from all over the world, representing diverse backgrounds and faiths come to bask in its lovely atmosphere and hear its inspiring story. The mandate of the Touro Synagogue Foundation is to assure the future of Touro Synagogue in all its? meaning - as a model and living landmark for religious freedom.

Ruling year info

1955

Principal Officer

Ms. Meryle Cawley

Main address

85 Touro St

Newport, RI 02840 USA

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EIN

05-0255359

NTEE code info

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Cultural, Ethnic Awareness (A23)

History Museums (A54)

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Programs provided include: Daily Tour program, Diversity works educational program for middle schools, curriculm development, special diversity workshops, the Annual Reading of the George Washington Letter

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Touro Synagogue Foundation

Board of directors
as of 11/16/2021
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Board chair

Keith Stokes

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James Leach

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David Logan

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Andrew Teitz

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