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Rhode Island Residents Riled About Anti-Semitic Attack on Local Synagogue

16 Iyyar 5776 – May 24, 2016
A red Nazi swastika sprayed on the sign of a synagogue has riled residents of Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

America’s Oldest Synagogues Face Off in Court

15 Sivan 5775 – June 1, 2015
At stake are a pair of silver Torah ornaments worth over $7 million.

Ezra Stiles And The Jews Of Newport

19 Shevat 5770 – February 3, 2010
The Rev. Ezra Stiles was born on November 29, 1727 in Connecticut and graduated from Yale University in 1746. He then studied theology at Yale and was ordained in 1749. After working as a tutor at Yale for a year, he began some mission work among the Indians. In 1752 he was forced to give this up due to ill health. He turned to the study of law and in 1753 took the attorney's oath. He practiced law in New Haven until 1755, whereupon he returned to the ministry, accepting the position of pastor of the Second Congregational Church in Newport, Rhode Island, serving there from 1755 until 1777.

Coming Home To Touro: Our Colonial Legacy

8 Av 5769 – July 29, 2009
It's a story that's familiar to every student of American history. In 1620, the Pilgrims fled England aboard the Mayflower and founded the Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts, where they could freely practice their religion. A little known, but equally significant, historical event took place just a few years later in 1658, when another group seeking a haven from religious persecution sailed into Newport Harbor in Rhode Island and founded Congregation Jeshuat Israel.

Bris Mila During Colonial Times

1 Heshvan 5766 – November 2, 2005
Since the time of Avraham Aveinu, Jews have observed the mitzva of having their sons circumcised on the eighth day after birth.

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