Young Israel, in Sharon, Massachusetts, USA
Breastfeeding in the Sanctuary:
It may or may not be permitted, but “I don’t know that anyone has the guts to try it – I think they probably assume it’s not allowed or that it would\, at best, be frowned upon.”.
Private Nursing Locations:
There is no designated nursing room/space, but “I think if you ask you can use the school director’s office – but I’m not sure” if that is a general offer, or one extended particularly to this particular mother.
“Most moms nurse in the babysitting room – this summer when that area was under construction there was nowhere for them to go. When someone asked the shul president about it, he just didn’t understand the question.” That space is not, however, wonderfully set up for nursing- all the chairs are sized for kids, not adults.
“There is also a beit midrash area where women seem to assume that if there are men learning or davening in there, it would not be welcomed for women to breastfeed. I don’t know if anyone has ever tried it.”
The website offers no policy about breastfeeding.
The community does not welcome or support breastfeeding.
General Child Friendliness:
There are changing tables available in the family/children’s bathroom. Strollers stay outside. Kids’ stuff can be left in the babysitting room.
The attitude toward children in the main service is pretty intolerant. “I got asked to leave once because my 2-year old made a couple peeps. That kind of chutzpah is not necessarily the norm, but then again, I do not feel comfortable having my kids in the main service at all. Kids are asked to leave when the rabbi speaks, and are generally not welcomed.”
Bottle feeding should not be done in the sanctuary. I have no information about community reactions to it.
This synagogue received a rating of
- Bad, I avoid it if I can- 6
out of 7, where 1 is the best rating and 7 is the worst.
Rabbi Meir Sendor (through summer 2016)
This synagogue is currently beginning a rabbi search.
Synagogue Website: http://www.yisharon.org/