Hertsmere Jewish Community





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Borough of Hertsmere

Hertsmere is a borough in the county of Hertfordshire. It is situated immediately to the north of the London Boroughs of Barnet, Harrow and Enfield, and therefore just outside the administrative boundary of Greater London. The principal towns are Borehamwood, Elstree, Bushey, Radlett, Potters Bar and Shenley.

Hertsmere was formed as a local government district in April 1974, upon the merger of the urban districts of Bushey and Potters Bar, the rural district of Elstree (which included Elstree and Borehamwood) and part of the rural district of Watford (which included Radlett and Shenley, and was known as the rural district of Barnet until 1941).  These were all in Hertfordshire, although Potters Bar only became part of Hertfordshire in 1965, having formerly been in the county of Middlesex. Hertsmere received borough status in 1977.

The Hertmere Jewish Community

The Jewish community in Hertsmere is relatively new and was generally considered an overspill from the large communities in the London Borough of Barnet, just to the south. However it has grown substantially in recent years and in the 2011 census, Hertsmere polled as the second most Jewish local authority in the United Kingdom, with Jews constituting approximately 14% of the population.

Although the Jewish population has spread throughout much the borough, the largest concentration is in Borehamwood and Elstree, which has a number of congregations and an eruv (since November 2010). In addition, there are significant congregations in Bushey Heath (also now with an eruv), Radlett, Potters Bar and Shenley. Apart from the Borehamwood & Elstree Synagogue (founded 1955), all of the Hertsmere congregations have been established since the late 1960s.

Jewish Congregations

The following are the Jewish congregations that existed or existed in Hertsmere:

Borehamwood and Elstree

Bushey and Bushey Heath

Potters Bar and Brookmans Park



* An active congregation.


Online Articles and Other Material
relating to the Hertsmere Jewish Community



Community Records

  • Registration District (for BMD): Hertfordshire (since 1 April 2008).

    • Previous Registration District
         Watford - from various dates (depending on locality) until 1 April 2008.

    • Any registers would now be held by current register office, which is situated in Hatfield

    • Link to Register Office website.


Hertsmere Jewish Cemeteries Information


The following cemetery is in the Borough of Hertsmere:

  • Bushey Jewish Cemetery, Little Bushey Lane, Bushey, WA23 3TP.

    One of the principal cemeteries of the United Synagogue. the Cemetery is situated close to the A41, just to the south of the M1 Junction 5. It was opened in 1960.

(For additional information, see IAJGS Cemetery Project - Bushey)


Hertsmere Jewish Population Data



(2001 Census results)



(2011 Census results)



(2021 Census results)

The above census result figures represent those who answered the voluntary question 'What is your religion?' by clicking the category 'Jewish' among the eight check-box options (another of which was 'No religion'). However, between 6.0% to 7.7% of the population nationally did not answer the question and the figure would not have included those who considered themselves Jews by ethnicity but not by religion, and accordingly the actual number of Jews would be higher than the figures shown.


Other Information - See under individual congregation pages

Congregations in Greater London and its Outskirts

Jewish Congregations in Hertfordshire

Jewish Communities of England home page

Page created: 18 May 2006
Latest revision or update: 28 Aprilr 2023

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