Edgeware Masorti Synagogue (EMS) in London, England/United Kingdom
Breastfeeding in the Sanctuary:
It is not permitted. There is no written policy, but anyone you ask will say that nursing in the sanctuary is not allowed.
Private Nursing Locations:
Private nursing is done in the library or the Rabbi’s office. Neither is labeled for this purpose, and both are upstairs, where they are not accessible for a parent with mobility disabilities. To find either space, ask any of the security personnel situated outside the sanctuary. The lights are not on in the rabbis office, on Shabbat, but are on in the library. Also, the Rabbi’s office is locked and not many know the code. There are plenty of chairs in both rooms, and the library has a couch with pillows.
The website offers no policy about breastfeeding.
The community is supportive and positive about breastfeeding, especially older mothers. Sometimes someone will come to keep you company (if you want it) while you take a nursing break, to make the experience less lonely.
General Child Friendliness:
There are changing tables available in a gender neutral bathroom. People often leave strollers “right before entering the sanctuary, where sidurim [prayer books] are kept, but there’s no sign. I usually just bring it in with me, unless there’s a special event and therefore not enough space “. Kids’ stuff is left on their strollers, in the coat room, or brought into the sanctuary.
Bottle-feeding is supported in this community.
I have no information about the attitude of this community toward babies and children in the main service. If you do, please share it in the comments, or fill out a full questionnaire!
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Rabbi Mijael Even-David
Synagogue Website: http://www.edgwaremasorti.org/