New Shul in Elazar, Gush Etzion, Israel
Breastfeeding in the Sanctuary:
It is permitted. There is “no written policy, but everyone breastfeeds and it is universally accepted that nursing moms will also nurse in shul”. Breastfeeding is welcomed and comfortable there.
There is a separate space for breastfeeding privately within/adjoining the women’s section of the synagogue. It is unlabeled, but right at the entrance where it is very easy to find. There is ample space there for many mothers to breastfeed at once.
Other Breastfeeding Experiences:
This community is very comfortable with breastfeeding, both with and without extra coverage.
There is no information/signage visible about breastfeeding policies either in the synagogue or its website or bulletin.
General Child Friendliness:
There are no changing tables. Strollers are generally brought in to the women’s section of the shul. There is space for children’s supplies as well. Children are “Largely tolerated except in the most extreme examples of bad behavior” in the main service.
This synagogue received a general rating of: “Good, could make small improvements”- 2 out of 7, where 1 was the best rating and 7 was the worst.
I have received no contact information for this synagogue.