The White Shul, in Far Rockaway, NY, USA
Breastfeeding in the Sanctuary:
It may or may not be permitted, but the respondent has never seen it done. Babywearing has been seen, at the back of the women’s section.
Private Nursing Locations:
There is no designated nursing room/space, but people nurse in the women’s bathroom. There are chairs there, in the space before the stalls. This seems to be the space that mothers use for breastfeeding, although the respondent has not done so herself, as she does not nurse babies in synagogue.
The website offers no policy about breastfeeding.
Many women breastfeed in this community.
General Child Friendliness:
There are no changing tables. There is a sign stating that one must park strollers outside. Kids’ stuff is left in the coat room.
The attitude toward children in the main service is mixed. “The rabbi has said that children, and adults, should not talk during services. If a child is making noise and the parent is in the middle of Shemonei Esrei, Rabbi Feiner said one should pause saying Shemonei Esrei and take the child out of the sanctuary so as not to disturb others.”
I have no information about bottlefeeding in this community.
This synagogue received a rating of
- Lousy but tolerable for whatever reasons- 5
out of 7, where 1 is the best rating and 7 is the worst.
Rabbi Eytan Feiner at 718-327-0500 x2
Rabbi Motti Neuburger at email@example.com or 718-327-0500 x9