In 1658 the small, but growing, colony of Newport, Rhode Island received its first Jewish residents. These fifteen families came from Barbados, where a Jewish community had existed since the 1620s. They were of Spanish and Portuguese origin; their families had migrated from Amsterdam and London to Brazil and then the islands of Suriname, Barbados, Curaçao and Jamaica.
Right after they arrived in Newport they formed a congregation and by 1758 there were enough Jewish people to build a synagogue. I was thrilled to be able to take a tour of TOURO Synagogue, the oldest in America.
even the local cat stops by
In 1820, Abraham Touro had a brick wall built around the cemetery, and when he died in 1822 he bequeathed $10,000 to the State of Rhode Island for the support and maintenance of the “Old Jewish Synagogue” in Newport. He made an additional bequest of $5,000 for the maintenance of the street which runs from the cemetery down the hill to the synagogue building. As a result of his generosity, the street was named “Touro Street.” When the state legislature accepted Abraham’s gift, they were the first to publicly refer to the synagogue as “Touro (or Touro’s) Synagogue.”
some views from the front of the synagogue
from there, after our tour, we set out to see the seaside port
and the town...and...do lunch
we were a little hard pressed to 'find our yacht'...LOL
we had lunch every day with our friends Arnie & Wendy and we vowed to have lobster every day of the trip. This was my first lobster roll! Oh YUM !!!
Ah, as the sun goes down...
back to the ship (we had a balcony)
lovely dinner in the main dining room where the waiters do their lively parade around the room
and then they deliver a surprise cake to me and sing Happy Birthday along wth the Lenster !!
after dinner we went to Shabbat Services in the chapel on the ship (I put the pix in an app to make it look painted) !
then we find little canapies as another little extra in our room each night (Thank You Lennys peeps!)
and then ...next morning...we find ourselves coming home into NY
pulling into the pier
Priority luggage handling to leave the ship whenever we'd like (so nice!)
and, as we do, we watch them re-load so they can start all over again.
I'm sure you could tell from my posts..we had an AMAZING TIME and we can't wait to C-R-U-I-S-E again
so, we will!!!..
A Christmas Market cruise...Amsterdam to Switzerand on Viking
Just you wait !!