Appeals court decides fate of oldest synagogue in US

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Federal judges rule that Rhode Island building, and $7.4 million decorative silver bells it houses, under control of NY-based Jewish congregation

BOSTON — A federal appeals court in Boston has decided the fate of the nation’s oldest synagogue, overturning a lower court’s decision that put control of the building and a set of decorative bells worth millions of dollars in the hands of the congregation that worships there.

The 1st US Circuit Court of Appeals announced its decision Wednesday.

That means control of the nation’s oldest synagogue, Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island, will no longer be in the hands of the local congregation but rather under the control of the nation’s oldest Jewish congregation, Shearith Israel in New York.
The decision also gives Shearith Israel ownership of a set of small silver Colonial-era bells that adorn a Torah scroll, called rimonim, valued at $7.4 million.

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