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When Ambassador Loeb developed the Loeb Visitor Center a decade ago as a gateway to Newport’s Touro Synagogue, the nation’s oldest synagogue, he did so as not only in celebration of that institution, but of religious freedom everywhere. Its centerpiece is the famed letter from George Washington. Its importance today is as a powerful statement for religious toleration, as yet another synagogue comes under attack. Chuck Flippo, the general manager at the Loeb Center, talks about the center, Loeb’s own experience with antisemitism, and why the center and Touro Synaogue are so important today.
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