Bushey and District Synagogue

& Bushey Jewish Community

Bushey, Hertsmere, Hertfordshire




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Town of Bushey

Bushey is in the borough of Hertsmere, a local government district of the county of Hertfordshire, formed in 1974 and granted borough status in 1977. Prior to 1974, it formed the urban district of Bushey in the county of Hertfordshire, until its incorporation into Hertsmere. It is situated immediately to the north of the administrative boundary of Greater London.

Bushey Synagogue - the Aron Kodesh (Holy Ark), September 2014
David Shulman 2014

Bushey Jewish Community

Although there are records of Jewish families living in Bushey from the early part of the nineteenth century, there was no formal Jewish congregation until the establishment of a United Synagogue affiliated congregation in the late 1960s. (From 1971 until it moved to Radlett in the early 1980's there was also reform synagogue in Bushey.)

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The records in the database associated with Bushey include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database

Individuals in the 1851 Anglo Jewry Database who were living in Bushey during the 1820s (2 records), 1830s (5 records), 1840s (7 records), 1850s (7 records), 1860s (5 records), 1870s (6 records), 1880s (5 records), 1890s (5 records), 1900s (5 records) and 1910s (2 records).

Congregation Data


Bushey & District Synagogue

Former Names:

Bushey & District Affiliated Synagogue


177-189 Sparrows Herne, Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire WD23 1AJ from 1984

Previously the synagogue was in a converted church hall in Police Station Lane, Bushey, from 1969. (Although the synagogue was not actually formally consecrated 9 December 1979.)
Prior to 1969, meeting in congregants homes and using a scout house for the the high holy days.

Current Status:


Date Founded:



Orthodox - Ashkenazi


Rabbi Z. Meir Salasnik, appointed 1979 (the first person appointed as minister of the Congregation) until present (January 2016)


A constituent synagogue of the United Synagogue. Initially, from 1970, an affiliated synagogue, until the 1980's.



Membership Data:

1970 -  48 male seatholders (United Synagogue 1870-1970)

1989 -  600 members (Synagogue website)

2013 -  nearly 2,000 members (Synagogue website)

Cemetery Information:

One of the principal cemeteries of the United Synagogue, the Bushey Jewish Cemetery, is situated in Bushey (Little Bushey Lane, Bushey, WA23 3TP), and serves a wide area of Northwest London and beyond. The Cemetery was founded in 1947, predating the founding of the local synagogue by some two decades.

(See IAJGS Cemeteries Project: Bushey Jewish Cemetery and Cemeteries of the United Synagogue)


David Shulman 2014

David Shulman 2014

Two views (taken in September 2014) of the building in Police Station Lane
that had been the Bushey Synagogue from 1969 to 1984. 

Other Congregation Information

Consecration of the Synagogue - 9 December 1979

Hertsmere Jewish Community home page

Jewish Congregations in Hertfordshire

Jewish Congregations in Greater London and its Outskirts

Jewish Communities of England home page

List of United Synagogue Congregations

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