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An 1878 map of Newport Rhode Island
An 1878 map of Newport Rhode Island

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First Jewish Synagogue Was Dedicated in the United States
December 2, 1763

Organized Jewish community life in Newport dates to 1658, when 15 families arrived from overseas to establish a congregation in the growing seaport. For more than 100 years, the community relied on correspondence with rabbis in Europe to sustain their religious traditions in the New World. As a commercial center, Newport thrived, with merchants active in the sea trade.
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