RISD Museum objects highlight final Winter Series Touro Foundation presentation


The fourth and final program of the Touro Synagogue Foundation Winter 2022-2023 Judah Touro Program Series will take place virtually on Thursday, March 30 at noon. This is a special collaborative presentation hosted by the Rhode Island School of Design Museum’s “Local Collections in Conversation” series.

The Ner Tamid (Eternal Light) and the main chandelier in Touro Synagogue will be featured in a comparative perspective of objects from the RISD Museum collection, chosen by its staff. Presenters will include Howard Newman, a nationally respected Newport artist and conservator, who restored the featured objects from Touro Synagogue. These objects helped to remind the Colonial-era Newport Jewish community of their connections to other Jews throughout the Atlantic world.

There is no fee to participate, but reservations are required to receive the Zoom login information. To reserve, please visit the “Program & Events” page at tourosynagogue.org, where you may view recordings of past presentations, or use this link: https://tinyurl.com/bdd9863u

The Foundation also announces the start of the 2023 tour season at Touro Synagogue National Historic Site, beginning Sunday, March 5. During March and April, the site will be open on Sundays only, with six tours offered daily, running every 45 minutes, starting at 10 a.m., with the last tour beginning at 1:45 p.m. The schedule will expand beginning in May. Please visit the “Plan a Visit” page on tourosynagogue.org for schedule details and admission prices. Entrance into the synagogue is by tour only, and all tickets are sold in person at the Loeb Visitors Center. For additional information, please write tours@tourosynagogue.org or phone 401-847-4794.