Havurat Shalom in Somerville, MA
Breastfeeding in the Sanctuary:
It is permitted. One mother reports that she was told to nurse wherever she wants.
Nursing more privately can be accommodated in the playroom/childcare room. It is unlabeled, on the second floor. The second floor is not wheelchair accessible. People will tell you where the room is. It contains several sofas and a futon.
Other Breastfeeding Experiences:
This community is very comfortable with and welcoming to breastfeeding, and there are many breastfeeding parents in the community.
There is no information/signage visible about breastfeeding policies either in the synagogue or its website or bulletin.
General Child Friendliness:
There are changing tables in a gender-neutral bathroom. Strollers are generally parked on the back porch. There is space for children’s supplies as well. The attitude in services is very tolerant of children.
This synagogue received a general rating of: “Great, could barely be better- 1” out of 7, where 1 was the best rating and 7 was the worst.