Congregation Bais Torah in Suffern, New York, USA
Breastfeeding in the Sanctuary:
It is not permitted. Communal feeling is against the need to nurse in shul at all. This community holds the position that “Breastfeeding in sanctuary has an impact on people around you, and does take away from the kedusha [holiness] of the sanctuary.”
Private Nursing Locations:
This synagogue has “a space in the ladies’ room set aside for nursing, with a chair and curtain (hard to keep the kids from playing on it though).”
No information about this synagogue’s breastfeeding policy is made public in the synagogue’s media (website, bulletin), although there is written policy forbidding breastfeeding in the sanctuary.
Nursing anywhere in this shul is generally uncomfortable. A nursing cover would be essential.
Genera Child Friendliness:
There are changing tables in both the women’s and the men’s bathrooms. Strollers are parked outside in front of the synagogue, under the awnings. There is space for children’s needed supplies. Children are welcome in the main service only at the end of mussaf.
This synagogue was not rated, but the comment of “Is it necessary?” was made in place of a rating. The sense was that mothers don’t bring young babies to synagogue.
Rabbi Yisroel Gottlieb
General contact via the website: http://www.baistorah.org/index.php?section=contact&cat_id=5
Synagogue Website: http://www.baistorah.org/