Dover's Congregation Beth Sholom synagogue was a much smaller and simpler affair when it was photographed by Frank Zebley in February 1950. Jewish groups had formed the Jewish Congregation of Lower Delaware in 1939, but had no place to worship. This building, a former church on Del. Route 8, stood on the site of the former headquarters of the Capital School District, near the Booker T. Washington Elementary School. It was bought in 1948 for $10,000, renovated and formally dedicated in 1949. It was replaced in the early 1960s by the synagogue at Queen and Clara streets.
Dover turns 300 this year. A new photo every Thursday.