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Newport, Rhode Island

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One of the oldest Jewish communities in North America
The First Jews The 17th century was an era of exploration, immigration and innovation. For Jews, persecuted and restricted in many countries, America seemed like a good place to settle. The town of Newport, Rhode Island, founded by Roger Williams, a belie...
In 1658, fifteen Jewish families emigrated from South America to (what was to become) the United States. These families were of Sephardic lineage and settled together in Newport, Rhode Island, where they established a Jewish congregation. For many years t...
The sexton of the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island, wrote a heart warming letter to George Washington, on behalf of the Jewish community welcoming the President on his visit to Newport. In his letter, he expressed a vision of an American gover...
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