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Fight over oldest synagogue in U.S. headed to Supreme Court

| Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, 12:48 p.m.
The Touro Synagogue in Newport, R.I., is the oldest synagogue in the United States.
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The Touro Synagogue in Newport, R.I., is the oldest synagogue in the United States.

NEWPORT, R.I. — The congregation at the oldest synagogue in the United States says it will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court this month in an attempt to overturn an appeals court’s decision granting control of the synagogue to a New York congregation.

Attorney Gary Naftalis, who represents Congregation Jeshuat Israel, which worships at the Touro Synagogue in Newport, R.I., tells The Newport Daily News he’ll file the petition with Supreme Court by Oct. 22.

Naftalis said after the appeals court’s decision in June that he would go to the Supreme Court.

A federal judge in Providence had found that the Newport congregation owned the 250-year-old synagogue and a set of valuable bells valued in the millions.

An appeals court overturned the ruling and granted control to New York’s Shearith Israel.

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