BOSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court in Boston has overturned a lower court’s decision that put control of the Touro Synagogue building and a set of bells worth millions of dollars in the hands of the congregation that worships there.
The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals announced its decision Wednesday (Aug. 2).
That means control of the nation’s oldest synagogue building, Touro Synagogue in Newport, R.I., 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