Photo Credit: Courtesy: Touro Synagogue
Inside the Touro Synagogue

New York’s oldest synagogues, Shearith Israel (1654) is suing Newport, Rhode Island’s Touro Synagogue (1763) and its Jeshuat Israel congregation.

Touro Synagogue is in financial trouble, and planned to sell off a pair of “Rimonim”, or silver Torah ornamental bells, that were made by American silversmith Myer Myers (1723-1795).

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The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston offered Touro Synagogue $7.4 million. Not bad.

But one minor problem.

New York’s Upper West Side Shearith Israel congregation, legally owns the silver Rimonim, as well as the lease on the Touro Synagogue building, for which they receive $1 a year.

Shearith Israel was quite surprised to learn their items were being sold.

The New York group was so upset they initially asked the judge to evict the entire Newport congregation, but now they’re satisfied with a change in leadership, instead of the entire congregation.

The court case is expected to last 2 weeks.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. The new senior rabbi of Shearith Israel is the Republicaner Rebbe, having addressed their last convention and stayed kissing-cousin close with their heavy hitters; hopefully, politics will be kept out of this matter, and it will be settled on its merits

  2. New York’s Upper West Side Shearith Israel congregation, legally owns the silver Rimonim, as well as the lease on the Touro Synagogue building.
    However, Newport, Rhode Island’s Touro Synagogue is under a lease and due to finance problems sought to sell the items which they don't legally own.
    I hate seeing strife within our communities.

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