Published On: Sun, May 31st, 2015

A bitter battle for control of oldest synagogue in the US

Federal judge has allowed the state of Rhode Island to intervene in a fight over the future of the synagogue by a lawsuit, due for trial Monday, June 1, which pits the nation's first Jewish congregation in New York City against the congregation that worships at the 250-year-old Touro Synagogue.

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NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A bitter struggle for control over the nation’s oldest synagogue goes to trial this week, with lawyers saying they may use more than 1, 000 exhibits dating as far back as 1733.

The congregation that worships at the 250-year-old Touro Synagogue in Newport says its very existence is at stake. The congregation that owns it accuses the Newport congregation of lawlessness for agreeing to sell a pair of ceremonial bells valued at more than $7 million.

Associated Press By Michelle R. Smith

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