Touro Synagogue, founded in 1828 in New Orleans, was the first synagogue outside of the 13 original colonies and the sixth oldest synagogue in the country. It is the result of a re-merger between two congregations, Congregation Gates of Mercy and Congregation Dispersed of Judah. Congregation Gates of Mercy was founded in 1828; Congregation Dispersed of Judah) in 1846. The two congregations reunited in 1881. The current sanctuary at 4238 Saint Charles Ave. was dedicated on January 1, 1909.