Our congregation was founded in 1969 as the Stanmore Liberal Jewish Congregation. Meeting in local halls and homes, the original nucleus of 30 families grew rapidly. With the shift of the local Jewish population services became centred on the Elstree area and in 1977 the name was changed to Hertsmere to reflect this. The congregation then acquired the present Grade II listed building, a semi-derelict former village school, which was transformed by members working evenings and weekends to create the flexible synagogue, school and community centre we have today.
Extensive building works were completed in February 1998, adding a large entrance foyer. This foyer integrates the sanctuary and halls with the religion school and offices, as well as greatly enhancing the appearance and amenities on entering the Synagogue building.