Name: Congregation Jeshuat Israel (Touro Synagogue)
Address: 85 Touro St, Newport, RI 02840
Denominational affiliation: Orthodox
Member units (households): 125
What percentage of members are older than 50?
How many people attend a regular Shabbat service?
Length of typical Shabbat morning service? 2.5 hours
Shabbat dress code: “We request visitors to dress appropriately. On Shabbat and Jewish holidays, men must wear long pants, however ties and jackets are not required. Women may wear slacks. For weekdays services casual attire, including shorts, is permitted. No sleeveless or torn clothing is permitted for services at any time. Shawls are available at the ladies entrance. We reserve the right to require appropriate attire to enter the synagogue for services.”
Daily services? Yes in the summer, from July 1 through September 3.
Does your synagogue have its own building? If not, where do you meet for services? Yes, our building was built in 1763 and is America’s oldest synagogue.
Is there an opportunity to socialize after services?
Language of service: Hebrew
Is another language offered in the prayer book? English
Children’s programming: Not currently.
Accessibility for people with disabilities: The visitors center is fully handicap accessible, but the synagogue is not.
Are services streamed online? No.
Are the rabbi’s sermons available online? No.
Percentage of members in interfaith marriages? None.
Will the rabbi officiate at an interfaith wedding? Will he/she attend one? No.
Are there distinct roles for men and women in your synagogue? We follow Orthodox tradition, adhering to traditional gender roles.
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