Newport, RI 02840
- Historical Site,
The Touro Synagogue was dedicated in 1762, and serves an active congregation today. The congregation was founded in 1658 by Sephardim who fled the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal and were searching for a haven from religious persecution in the Caribbean. Today, the synagogue celebrates not only their story, but serves to honor all who came to this shore seeking to worship freely.
Hours + Fees
April 30th - June 30th M-F 1:00 - 3:00 Sundays 11:00 - 3:00
July 1st - Labor Day M-F 10:00 - 5:00 Sundays 10:00 - 5:00
Sept. 5th - October 31st M-F 1:00 - 3:00 Sundays 11:00 - 3:00
Nov. 1st - Feb. - 28th Fridays 1:00 - 1:30 Sundays 11:00 - 3:00
Touro Synagogue is the home of Congregation Jeshuat Israel. Regular Shabbat services are held on Friday evening and Saturday morning. There are services on all Jewish holidays. Touro Synagogue is orthodox and uses Sephardic liturgy. There is separate seating for men and for women. Proper dress is required, no shorts or sleeveless tops.
Saturday Morning 8:45 AM
Friday Evening Shabbat Services
April - September 7:00 PM
October - March 6:00 PM
October - July 1 - Please call (401) 847-4794
July 2 - July 31: 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM
August 1 - August 18: 8:00 AM and 7:30 PM
August 19 - August 31: 8:00 AM and 7:15 PM
September 1 - 5: 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM
Map + Directions
From the north and east (Boston and New England)
Take Route 128S to Route 24S. Stay on 24S to Fall River. Entering Fall River, take Route 195W and almost immediately exit back onto 24S (Watch the signs carefully here!). Take Route 24 till it ends and merges on to 114S. Although not marked, this route is called West Main Road. Later, as you enter Newport, it becomes Broadway. Stay on this road for its entire length, approximately 8 miles, till you enter Washington Square in downtown Newport. There will be a park on your left. The road ends at a pedestrian mall. A "Pier One Imports" store will be directly in front of you and a "Banana Republic" store on your left. Make a left turn and then immediately, turn left again. You will now be going back up the square on the other side of the park. This is Touro Street. Go straight through the next intersection, which is Spring Street. The Synagogue is the second building on the left.
From the south and west (New York and Connecticut)
Take I-95 North to Exit 3A in Rhode Island (138 East). Stay on route 138 across the Jamestown and Newport Bridges. Take the first exit off the Newport Bridge, marked "Downtown Newport." Bear right at the end of the ramp and go through the first traffic light. At the second light bear left. Go through several stop signs. At the next light, a "Pier One Imports" store will be on you right, turn left. This is Touro Street. Go straight through the next intersection which is Spring Street. The Synagogue is the second building on the left.