Temple Beth Sholom, in Flushing (Queens), New York, USA
Breastfeeding in the Sanctuary:
It may or may not be permitted, but “I’ve never seen it, but I suspect it would be frowned upon by others”. The rabbi and cantor, however, would be supportive, if one wanted to try it.
Private Nursing Locations:
Private nursing may be done in the Women’s Bathroom Lounge.
“There are also chairs and/or benches that one can use in the lobby and the school wing (somewhat hidden)”
The website offers no policy about breastfeeding.
“Most of the members are older, and their attitudes [toward breastfeeding] vary. I don’t think anyone would ever say anything to a mother who did, though.”
General Child Friendliness:
There are changing tables available in the women’s bathroom. People leave strollers outside the sanctuary or “along the side”. There is not space for children’s supplies..
The attitude toward children in the main service is relaxed. “Children are regularly running around (and sometimes chased) during services. They talk, scream, and sing. No problem. They have toys etc.” “it is very common to have babies cry and toddlers shout and little children walk and run around.” ” Children need to feel comfortable and that they belong!”
As far as bottle-feeding and even snacks: “Our little kids regularly eat or snack during services. Whatever the child needs.”
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 Sharon Ballan at email@example.com
Cantor Kathy Barr at firstname.lastname@example.org
Synagogue Website: templebethsholom.org