Glen Rock Jewish Center in Glen Rock, New Jersey, USA
Breastfeeding in the Sanctuary:
It is permitted. “There are no rules for or against. The current rabbi’s wife (he is leaving end of month for new place) used to breastfeed under a cover in the sanctuary.” This was followed up with the rather ambiguous comment that “She was never attacked for doing so…” I’m not sure what to make of that one.
Private Nursing Locations:
There is no dedicated private nursing space. “There used to be comfortable chairs in the library that were great for breastfeeding, but they were moved to the front entry which is drafty.”
The website offers no policy about breastfeeding.
General Child Friendliness:
There are changing tables available in the women’s bathroom and the men’s bathrooms. Also, under the current rabbi, diapers and pull ups were available in bathroom in case you ran out or forgot.
I currently have no information to share about stroller parking or space for kids’ supplies.
The attitude toward children in the main service is not friendly at all: “The executive leadership does not like children in the sanctuary and aggressively addresses the situation when children make a touch of noise. The executive leadership has been heard yelling at a mother in front of her children. Congregants not only at times have cast dirty looks they have taken matters into their own hands asking young families to leave the service.”
This synagogue received a rating of “Alright, it works pretty well- 3” out of 7, where 1 is the best rating and 7 is the worst.
Rabbi and other contacts list on the website: http://www.grjc.org/about/contact.asp
Synagogue Website: http://www.grjc.org/