Bushey United 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. (There was also Reform synagogue in Bushey from 1971 until it moved to Radlett in the early 1980s.)

Congregation Data


Bushey United Synagogue

Former Names:

Bushey & District Synagogue

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


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


Rev. (Rabbi from 1986) Z. Meir Salasnik, from June 1979 to 12 September 2016 (the first person appointed as minister of the Congregation) - Rebbetzen - Judy Salasnik 

Rabbi Elchonon Feldman, from 1 December 2016 to present (July 2017) - Rebbetzen - Jacqueline Feldman.



Membership Data:

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

1989 -  600 members (Synagogue's website)

2013 -  nearly 2,000 members (Synagogue's website)

Registration District:

Hertfordshire (since 1 April 2008) - Register Office website.

Previous Registration District - Watford, from founding of the congregation until 1 April 2008.

(All records would now be held by current office.)

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 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. 


Search the All-UK Database

The records in the database associated with Bushey include:

1851 Anglo Jewry Database (updated 2016)

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).


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Hertsmere Jewish Communities home page

List of United Synagogue Congregations

Jewish Congregations in Hertfordshire

Jewish Congregations in Greater London and its Outskirts

Jewish Communities of England home page


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