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On December 2, 1763, the building now known as the Touro Synagogue, in Newport, Rhode Island, was dedicated. Touro, which is the oldest synagogue building in the United States, was built to serve the Jeshuat Israel congregation, which was established by 15 Spanish and Portuguese Jewish families  who arrived in Newport from Barbados in 1658. (The families made their way, after the Inquisition, to...