Congregation to file appeal in fight for oldest US synagogue

PROVIDENCE, RI – America’s oldest Jewish congregation says it plans to appeal a decision that removed it as trustee of the nation’s oldest synagogue.

Congregation Shearith Israel in New York filed a notice Tuesday saying it would appeal to the 1st US Circuit Court of Appeals. A federal judge in Providence, Rhode Island, last month ruled in favor of the congregation that worships at Newport’s Touro Synagogue in a dispute over who should control the 250-year-old synagogue and who owns a set of ceremonial bells worth millions. A lawyer for the Newport congregation says there’s no merit to any appeal.



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