Fight over old­est syn­a­gogue in US headed to Supreme Court

Woonsocket Call - - OBITUARIES/REGION -

NEW­PORT, R.I. (AP) — The con­gre­ga­tion at the old­est syn­a­gogue in the United States says it will ap­peal to the U.S. Supreme Court this month in an at­tempt to over­turn an ap­peals court’s de­ci­sion grant­ing con­trol of the syn­a­gogue to a New York con­gre­ga­tion.

At­tor­ney Gary Naf­talis, who rep­re­sents Con­gre­ga­tion Jeshuat Is­rael, which wor­ships at the Touro Syn­a­gogue in New­port, Rhode Is­land, tells The New­port Daily News he’ll file the pe­ti­tion with Supreme Court by Oct. 22.

Naf­talis said af­ter the ap­peals court’s de­ci­sion in June that he would go to the Supreme Court.

A fed­eral judge in Prov­i­dence had found that the New­port con­gre­ga­tion owned the 250-year-old syn­a­gogue and a set of valu­able bells val­ued in the mil­lions.

An ap­peals court over­turned the rul­ing and granted con­trol to New York’s Shearith Is­rael.

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