Supreme Court Won't Intervene In Synagogue Dispute.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to intervene in a legal dispute over the ownership of a historic synagogue in Rhode Island that played a role in the development of religious liberty in America.

The high court in March said it will not grant review to a legal challenge brought by Congregation Jeshuat Israel, which meets at Touro Synagogue in Newport. The congregation asked the high court to hear an appeal of a lower court's ruling giving control of the synagogue and some of its contents to Shearith Israel, a congregation based in New York City.

The two congregations have had a close relationship for hundreds of years, but tensions arose in 2012 when the leadership of Jeshuat Israel, asserting that they...

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