Bais Abraham Congregation in St Louis, Missouri, USA
Breastfeeding in the Sanctuary:
It is permitted and welcome, both officially and socially.
Private Nursing Locations:
Private nursing can be done in the Rabbis office and Maharats office, which are made available, as well as in the women’s restroom. The rabbi’s office is behind the main sanctuary, and the maharat’s office is off the balcony. Signs posted around the synagogue indicate what spaces are available and where to find them. “Both the rabbi’s office and the maharat’s office have a door with a lock that can be used for additional privacy. Each office has an armchair as well as a couch for more comfortable nursing. Both offices are adjacent to the sanctuary so services can be heard from either space.”
Signs are posted at the front and back of the women’s side of the sanctuary, as well as on the balcony, in the auditorium, and in the women’s bathroom that nursing is welcome in all areas of the synagogue. (Policy made public and clear- I love clear communication!)
Nursing anywhere in this shul is comfortable and welcomed.
Genera Child Friendliness:
There are changing tables in both the women’s and the men’s bathrooms. Strollers are parked in the main lobby and in front of the synagogue as well as in the side yard, and there is space for children’s needed supplies.
“Children are welcome in the main service. Congregants still share stories of the late rabbi who, upon hearing a baby cry, would say that their sounds were like prayers. Babies are always welcome. Older children are asked to be mindful of noise during services, but are never kicked out.”
This synagogue received a rating of “Great, could barely be better- 1” out of 7, where 1 is the best rating, and 7 is the worst.
Rabbi Hyim Shafner at firstname.lastname@example.org
Maharat Rori Picker Neiss at email@example.com
Synagogue Website: www.baisabe.com