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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, June 2018
© David Shulman 2018

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 (apart from a short-lived World War II comgregation that met in a Bushey house in the early 1940s). (There was also Reform synagogue in Bushey from 1971 until it moved to Radlett in the early 1980s.)

Bushey Synagogue logo
Congregation Data

Name:

Bushey United Synagogue

Former Names:

Bushey & District Synagogue

Bushey & District Affiliated Synagogue

Address:

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 such synagogue was not actually formally consecrated 9 December 1979).(i)
Prior to 1969, meeting in congregants' homes and using a scout house for the the high holy days.  See brief history of the congregation.

Current Status:

Active

Date Founded:

1968

Ritual:

Orthodox - Ashkenazi

Affiliation:

Initially an affiliated synagogue from joining the United Synagogue in 1970(ii), becoming a constituent (full member) in about 1984.(iii)

Website:

http://www.busheyus.org 

Senior Ministers & Rebbetzens:

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

Rabbi Elchonon Feldman (& Rebbetzen Jacqueline Feldman) - from 1 December 2016 to present (December 2018)(vi) 

Assistant Rabbis and Rebbetzen:

Rabbi Nick Kett (& Rebbetzen Shira Kett) - from October 2017 to present (December 2018)(vii)

Membership Data:

United Synagogue

1970 -  48 male seatholders(x)

Congregation's Website(xi)

1989 -  600 members

2013 -  nearly 2,000 members

Reports & Surveys(xii)

2010 and 2016 - listed as having 1,000 to 1,499 members (by household)

Charitable Status:

As a constituent of the United Synagogue, the congregation operates within that organisation's registered charity status (registered charity no. 242552).

WWII Congregation:

In 1941 and possibly 1942, Jewish religious services were held at "The Gables", Heathfield Road, Bushey, the home of a Mr. Ben Bard, under the name Watford & Bushey Hebrew Congregation.(xiii) (Note: this congregation should not be confused with the Watford & Bushey Hebrew Congregation, which existed for several years from 1918 and held services in Watford.)

Registration District:

Hertfordshire(xiv) - Register Office 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 Cemeteries of the United Synagogue.)

Notes & Sources ( returns to text above)

  • (i) Primarily the congregation's website.

  • (ii) The United Synagogue 1870-1970 by Aubrey Newman (1977), page 222.

  • (iii) Based upon congregation's first listing as a Constituent Synagogue in the Jewish Year Book 1985.

  • (iv) Reserved.

  • (v) Profile - congregation's website. Rabbi Salasnick B.A. previously served as minister of Notting Hill Synagogue (1970-74) and  Leytonstone & Wanstead Synagogue (1974-79).

  • (vi) Profile - congregation's website, last accessed 25 December 2018. New York born Rabbi Feldman, BA was previously minister of Belmont Synagogue (c.2011 to 2016).

  • (vi) Congregation's website, last accessed 25 December 2018.

  • (viii) and (ix) Reserved.

  • (x) The United Synagogue 1870-1970 by Aubrey Newman (1977), page 221.

  • (xi) Congregation's website, accessed November 2017.

  • (xii) Reports on "Synagogue Membership in the United Kingdom in 2010" and "...in 2016", published by BOD and JPR. Link to reports.

  • (xiii) Jewish Chronicle press reports of 30 May 1941, 27 June 1941, 12 September 1941 and 15 May 1942.

  • (xiv) The former Registration District was Watford, from the formation of Congregation until 1 April 2008. All registers would now be held by current register office.

 


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


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).
 

 

 
© 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. 

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