Our History

Touro Fraternal was founded in 1917 as a group within the Rhode Island Jewish community and organized a year later, to offer men a sense of fraternalism, a sense of community and a sense of belonging. In its early days, Touro was a burial society and insurance corporation. 

It helped to integrate the new immigrants into society and provided them with assistance.  As an example of its work, Touro arranged for the delivery of coal to needy members during the Great Depression of the 1930’s. Eaton

The Hon. Jacob A. Eaton, our founding father and a charter member, was Rhode Island’s first Jewish member in the General Assembly, serving Providence’s North End from 1911 until he died in 1921.  Born in 1871, he came to this country in 1894 and a year later, came to Providence on a business errand.  He never left.

Representative Eaton saw the needs of the immigrants coming in and decided to help families get more integrated into R.I. society.  According to his biographer, “Eaton was a man of strong integrity and vast generosity, often fulfilling the Torah’s commandments to feed the hungry and clothe the naked.”



In 1967, Touro celebrated its 50th anniversary at the Colony Motor Hotel. RI Governor John Chafee was the special guest speaker at that event.

Past Touro Board Chairmen

Jacob A Eaton 1918-21
Philip Joslin 1921-26
Sol S Bromson 1927-40
David C Adelman 1941, 46-47
Edward I Friedman 1942-45
Leo Greenberg 1948-53
Louis I Sweet 1954-57
Joseph Engle 1958-71
Si Chorney 1972
Dr. Marshall K Bornstein 1973-88
Arthur Poulten 1989-2001
Robert D Miller 2001-2013
Jed R Brandes 2013-
Mail Touro at: PO BOX 3562 Cranston, RI 02910
Fax Touro at: (401) 941 – 8781
Email us at : info@tourofraternal.org