Kehillat Hadar, in Manhattan, New York, USA
Breastfeeding in the Sanctuary:
It may or may not be permitted. The person who shared information hasn’t been inclined to try it. She has not seen anyone breastfeeding in the sanctuary during services, although she has seen it (ith a cover) during kiddush.
Private Nursing Locations:
As “Davening is held in a school; the designated private nursing location is a classroom down the hall from the prayer space”. There is no sign or label on the door. The respondent shared that “I was told about it informally by one of the davening coordinators when I was seen nursing in another room. I was NOT asked to leave where I was and go into that room – just offered it as an option.”
The website offers no policy about breastfeeding.
In this community “most people [seem to] feel neutral to positive about breastfeeding, or they haven’t had an opportunity to really think about it. Several times while breastfeeding at shul (outside of the prayer space) without a nursing cover, people have said things like “Sorry, I didn’t realize what you were doing, I didn’t mean to stare” or “Is it okay that I talk to you while you are nursing?” Other times, I have had whole conversations with people while nursing, and they haven’t commented at all.”
General Child Friendliness:
There are no changing tables available. “There are two spots in the hallway outside the prayer space where many people leave strollers. Other people bring them into the prayer space themselves.” Occasionally someone will leave one on the first floor of the building, at the base of the stairs and elevator (davening is on the third floor of the building). There is space for kids’ stuff, including a fridge for pumped milk.
The attitude toward children in the main service is comfortable: “There are often children in davening – running around the prayer space, being held by parents, playing with toys at the back of the room, etc. Sometimes they make more noise than others; I don’t think people mind a little noise but if there is screaming, usually a parent will carry the child outside. There is also a Tot Shabbat service every few weeks.”
I have no information about bottle-feeding here. If you do, please share it.
This minyan received a rating of
- Great, could barely be better- 1
out of 7, where 1 is the best rating and 7 is the worst.
Minyan Website: www.kehilathadar.org