Kerem Shalom in Concord, Massachussetts, USA
Breastfeeding in the Sanctuary:
It nay or may not be formally permitted, but it is done. “I just did it. No one ever said a thing. Many smiled. I don’t know of a policy.”
Private Nursing Locations:
There is no nursing room, “but there are comfy couches and chairs in the lobby, that can be rearranged, should one want a bit of privacy.” There are also rooms one could use it you wanted a separate space, but you would have to ask.
“All we could use is a baby room, not for breastfeeding, just for parents and babies to have a break. Mostly, the comfy lobby gets used for that.”
There is no publicized information about the synagogue’s breastfeeding policy.
Congregational attitudes are comfortable with nursing, ” Most women breastfeed at least for a while. No one fusses.” Most women will latch the baby on, then continue with what they were doing.
General Child Friendliness:
There are changing tables in the women’s bathrooms and the men’s bathrooms. There is no particular space for stroller paring or for children’s supplies, but there is plenty of room for them.
Children are expected and very welcome in the main service. “The rabbis think that if the kids aren’t happy there, they won’t keep coming. The rabbi always does stuff to encourage participation. ” “We have always had toddlers dancing in the aisles. Our new rabbi is deaf and has little kids, who happily dance and sing in their seats. We expect there to be children and for the children to be kids. ”
Special Note: This synagogue is a nut-free area. A link t their alergen policy can be found here: http://keremshalom.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/VariousPDFs/Food&AllergyPolicy.pdf
This synagogue received a rating of “Great, could barely be better- 1” out of 7, where 1 is the best rating, and 7 the worst.
Rabbi Darby Leigh at RabbiDarby@KeremShalom.org
Synagogue Website: http://keremshalom.org/