Ramath Orah in Manhattan, New York, USA
Breastfeeding in the Sanctuary:
It is permitted. “I’ve done it with a nursing cover and I’ve seen women do it without a nursing cover. No one notices/cares.” It is “completely comfortable.”
Private Nursing Locations:
There is a mostly-private nursing space, called the nursing nook. “It’s a little space at the top of the stairs. The building has limited space, I feel this was the best that could be done.” This space is open, but is not accessible to a physically disabled parent. It is furnished with a nice comfortable chair and a side table. “There is some traffic coming through, although few people use the upper gallery on an average Shabbat.”
Another woman mentioned using the library in the basement to nurse, and being given privacy there when she needed/wanted.
The website offers no policy about breastfeeding, but does share the location of the nursing space- “While not part of children’s programming, our nursing nook is a great resource for mothers with nursing children. Located on the second floor above the women’s section, the nursing nook offers a quiet, secluded area for mothers to nurse their children. ”
Breastfeeding is “Strongly welcomed and encouraged, if commented upon/noticed at all” in this community. “I’ve seen women nurse with no cover, but most use some kind of cover. I’ve nursed three babies here, no one has ever made me feel uncomfortable in the slightest.”
General Child Friendliness:
There is a changing tables available in the women’s bathroom. Strollers are generally left in front of the building, where there is also a short ramp to enter the building. The is space to keep a child’s needed supplies.
The attitude toward children in the main service is “Indifferent. No one much notices or cares. Most parents choose to take their kids downstairs to the social hall.”
This synagogue received a rating of “Bad, I avoid it if I can- 6” out of 7, where 1 is the best rating and 7 is the worst.
Rabbi Moshe Grussgott at email@example.com
Synagogue Website: http://www.ramathorah.org/