Breastfeeding at Riverdale Jewish Center, Riverdale (Bronx), New York

Riverdale Jewish Center in Riverdale (Bronx), New York, USA

Breastfeeding in the Sanctuary:

Policy is unknown, but doesn’t feel welcomed.  One woman has breastfed in the sanctuary, but “in the very back of the women’s section, there are a couple of seats that are basically enclosed by walls on 3 sides, so one is nearly unseen- definitely no men could see, and very few women.”

Private Nursing Locations:

There is a nursing room near the front door and bathrooms, across from the sanctuary.  There is no sign on the door, and it is often locked.  One woman found it “by asking the only other person in shul with a baby on a Friday night, who didn’t know, but got the gabbai, who showed me where the room was, and went on a long, futile search for a custodian to unlock it.  Eventually he gave up.”  There is also a rocking chair in the downstairs bathroom.

Other Information:

No information about this synagogue’s breastfeeding policy is made public.

Breastfeeding with a cover is accepted in the synagogue outside the sanctuary: “I have breastfed in the gym using a nursing cover. There are ample chairs, but the location is far from private. Typically there is a kiddish going on, and/or kids playing basketball.”

Genera Child Friendliness:

There are changing tables in both the women’s and the men’s bathrooms.  Strollers are parked outside near the side entrance.   There is space for children’s needed supplies in the coatroom.

“Children are everpresent in shul. Quiet children are welcomed in services, but rowdy kids are generally not welcome (no official policy, just general courtesy). There are groups, a baby room, and a park with playground facilities at the school next door that many families use during services. More/better provisions for families with young children would be helpful.”

Wrap-Up:

This synagogue received ratings of:

  • Okay, it is just workable enough- 4
  • Okay, it is just workable enough- 4

where 1 is the best rating, and 7 is the worst.

Contact Information:

Rabbi Jonathan I. Rosenblatt,  at  jir@rjconline.org

Rabbi Rosenblatt is on sabbatical at the time of posting this review.  

Rabbi Yitzi Genack at genack@gmail.com

Chazan Shimon Craimer at shimcraimer@hotmail.com

Yoetzet Halakha Bracha Rutner at bracharutner@gmail.com

Synagogue Website:  http://rjconline.org/

 

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