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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Frank Prosnitz brings to WhatsUpNewp several years in journalism, including 10 as editor of the Providence (RI) Business News and 14 years as a reporter and bureau manager at the Providence (RI) Journal. Prosnitz began his journalism career as a sportswriter at the Asbury Park (NJ) Press, moving to The News Tribune (Woodbridge, NJ), before joining the Providence Journal. Prosnitz hosts the Morning Show on WLBQ radio (Westerly), 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, and It’s Your Business, also on WBLQ, Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Prosnitz has twice won Best in Business Awards from the national Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), twice was named Media Advocate of the Year by the Small Business Administration, won an investigative reporter’s award from the New England Press Association, and newswriting award from the Rhode Island Press Association.