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The Six Oldest Synagogues in New England

The oldest synagogues in New England were built well after the first Jewish settlers arrived. Touro Synagogue, the only surviving synagogue from the Colonial era, was consecrated in 1763, nearly a century after the first Sephardic Jews arrived in Newport, ...

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The Madness of Vermont’s Ezra Smith

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To this day nobody really knows what happened in August of 1877 to Deacon Ezra Smith of Vergennes, Vermont. Was he engulfed by madness? Was he always secretly evil? Or was he an innocent man who chose the worst possible ...

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