By Dr. Melvin I. Urofsky,David M. Kleiman,Ambassador John L. Loeb
Drawn to the promise that during Roger Williams’ Rhode Island colony “none will be disturbed of their worship,” Newport’s Sephardic Jewish settlers have been innovators, supporting lead town into its fiscal “Golden Age.” It used to be to the Newport Jewish neighborhood that George Washington wrote his strong “Letter to the Hebrew Congregation” in 1790, promising that the U. S. govt might supply “to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance.”
Newport’s range and non secular tolerance enabled this neighborhood to thrive and, in 1763, to devote a synagogue –America’s oldest status synagogue and a countrywide historical web site. Now celebrating the 250th anniversary of its commitment, Touro Synagogue is still domestic to an energetic Jewish congregation carrying on with within the non secular culture of Newport’s early settlers.
Written for a common viewers of every age, in an enthralling and easy-to-read layout, Urofsky explores the richness of this ethnic neighborhood in a worldly New England seaport. Full-color illustrations light up participation in political, social, financial and civil existence. The e-book presents readers of all religions with insights into a frequently disregarded, very important and encouraging point of yankee history.
Urofsky notes that, “Starting within the past due 1890’s, a amazing sequence of occasions ended in the revitalization of the neighborhood and Touro Synagogue. In 1947, Congress declared the construction a countrywide historical shrine. because 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 heritage started in 2009 with the outlet of the Ambassador John L. Loeb Jr. viewers heart, gateway to Touro Synagogue nationwide ancient Site.
The e-book used to be released with the beneficiant help of The David Berg starting place; moreover: a application 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