The Old Jewish Cemetery of Newport: A Self-Guided Tour

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9780976405702: The Old Jewish Cemetery of Newport: A Self-Guided Tour

This book is a self-guided tour for visitors to the Old Jewish Cemetery in Newport, RI. The cemetery is two blocks southeast from the Touro Synagogue at the intersection of Touro and Kay Streets, across the road from the Viking Hotel. It is the oldest extant Jewish cemetery in North America, dating to 1677. The book is designed as a tourist guide which describes the evolution of the Newport Jewish community over a 200-year period of time. The cemetery gates dating to 1843 were funded by Newport's most famous Jewish son, Judah Touro. The oldest monument is that of Rachel Rodriuez Rivera who died in 1761. Mini-biographies of other luminaries buried in the cemetery are included in the book.

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Joshua Segal is the rabbi of Congregation Betenu, Amherst, NH and has published a number of books highlighting cemeteries. Rabbi Segal says that cemeteries are the most overlooked Jewish resources that provide history about the community and the practices of that community. The difference between a museum and a natural display is that a museum puts the items being viewed into a context. By providing the descriptions, this book takes the cemetery and its artifacts and transforms them into a Jewish museum.

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