Sunday, October 4, 2009

Touro Synagogue, Newport & Roger Williams NHS Providence, RI

From Touro Synagogue, Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island

Come rain or shine, we take a break from Boston and head to Rhode Island for the day. Our first stop is Newport, home to the Touro Synagogue. Dedicated in 1762, it still serves an active congregation.

From Touro Synagogue, Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island

From Touro Synagogue, Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island

The congregation was founded in 1658 by Sephardim, who fled the Inquisition in Spain and Portugal and was searching to escape religious persecution. As usual, interior photos are not allowed. Please visit their website to see more.

From Touro Synagogue, Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island

From Touro Synagogue, Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island

From Touro Synagogue, Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island

The walking tour of Newport is worth the effort. As we want to visit Providence today, we cut our visit a little short but leave you with this picture of the harbor.

From Touro Synagogue, Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island

From Touro Synagogue, Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island

Now in Providence, we visit the Roger Williams National Memorial. The park, visitor's center, and memorial statue commemorates the life and founder of Rhode Island and defender of religious freedom.

From Touro Synagogue, Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island

From Touro Synagogue, Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island

From Touro Synagogue, Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island

From Touro Synagogue, Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island

From Touro Synagogue, Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island

From Touro Synagogue, Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island

Inside the Visitor's Center are interesting displays. Williams respected the Narragansetts and Wampanoags and tried to champion Indian rights.

From Touro Synagogue, Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island

From Touro Synagogue, Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island

Here in the interior of the Visitor Center, Bob meets Ranger Caitlyn Brown. The remaining photos show the streets and buildings of Providence.

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From Touro Synagogue, Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island

From Touro Synagogue, Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island

From Touro Synagogue, Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island

From Touro Synagogue, Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island

From Touro Synagogue, Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island

From Touro Synagogue, Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island

From Touro Synagogue, Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island

From Touro Synagogue, Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island

From Touro Synagogue, Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island

From Touro Synagogue, Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island

From Touro Synagogue, Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island

From Touro Synagogue, Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island

From Touro Synagogue, Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island

From Touro Synagogue, Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island

From Touro Synagogue, Roger Williams National Memorial, Rhode Island


For further information: Touro Synagogue 401.847.4794; Touro Synagogue NHS; Newport's Old Quarter; Newport Visitor's Bureau; Newport Historical Society; Roger Williams National Memorial