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The Museum of Newport Irish History will host the third talk in its 18th Annual Michael F. Crowley Lecture Series on Monday, November 4 at 6:00 pm at the Mainstay Hotel & Conference Center.

Three guest speakers, Shai Afsai, Sean O’Callahan, Ph.D., and John F. Quinn, Ph.D., will present a talk entitled “Ireland’s Jewish Community and Newport’s Irish Rabbi.”  An overview of the history of Ireland’s Jewish community, dating from the late nineteenth century, will be presented, as well as a spotlight on the life of Newport’s famed Irish rabbi, the late Theodore Lewis.  Rabbi Lewis, who died in October 2010, led Touro Synagogue’s congregation from 1949 to 1985.

For a full lecture description and speaker bios, visit the “Lectures” page at

Following the lecture and Q&A, a reception with complimentary light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be held.

The lecture fee is $5 for Museum of Newport Irish History members and guests. New members are welcomed with a waived lecture fee when they pay the 1-year Annual Membership Fee of $20. Space is limited and reservations are required. 

To reserve online, please click the “Reservation” link on the “Lectures” page at or contact Ann Arnold at (401) 841-5493.

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