The Newport congregation is now referred to as Congregation Jeshuat Israel and is the second-oldest Jewish congregation in the United States.
So many pirates used it as their base of operations that the London Board of Trade made an official complaint to the English government.
Thomas Tew was the most famous pirate who made Newport his base.
In the 1720s, Colonial leaders arrested many pirates, acting under pressure from the British government.
Many were hanged in Newport and were buried on Goat Island.
He appealed to the Rhode Island legislature for redress and was refused with this ruling: "Inasmuch as the said Aaron Lopez hath declared himself by religion a Jew, this Assembly doth not admit himself nor any other of that religion to the full freedom of this Colony.