Israel Center of Conservative Judaism in Queens, New York, USA
Breastfeeding in the Sanctuary:
It is permitted “if necessary”.
Private Nursing Locations:
There is no nursing room. However, one may use the rabbi’s study to breastfeed, although you need to get a key from the rabbi in order to do so (or ask someone to get it for you)-the room (located on the main floor near the entrance) is kept locked. The rabbis is currently a nursing mother herself, and happy to share her space. There is a pack and play as well as toys in her office. There are also comfortable chairs there, where one can put their feet up there.
No information about breastfeeding policy is publicized.
“We are a very heimish place. If a nursing mother came to shul on Shabbat, someone could literally get the rabbi’s attention, and her office would be opened for the mother to nurse. ”
General Child Friendliness:
There are changing tables in the women’s bathroom. Strollers can be left anywhere that is convenient. There is space to keep a child’s needed supplies. Children, their toys, books and strollers are always welcome in the main service.
This synagogue received a rating of “Great, could barely be better- 1” out of 7, where 1 is the best rating and 7 is the worst.
Rabbi Robyn Fryer Bodzin at RabbiRFB@iccj2004.org
Synagogue Website: http://www.iccj2004.org/