PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) -- Mediation has failed in lawsuits between the oldest U.S. synagogue and the country's first Jewish congregation over ownership issues.
Lawyers for the leaders of New York City's Congregation Shearith Israel and Touro Synagogue in Rhode Island tell The Associated Press they were unable to agree during mediation overseen by a federal judge.
The lawsuits will now move forward.
The dispute started after leaders at Touro agreed to sell a set of Colonial-era Torah finial bells for $7.4 million to Boston's Museum of Fine Arts.
Leaders of the New York congregation opposed the sale, saying it owns Touro and the bells.
Touro is a National Historic Site that is visited by tens of thousands of people every year.