Shomrei Torah, in Wayne, New Jersey, USA
Breastfeeding in the Sanctuary:
It is permitted. There is “No written policy. Someone once asked and we said go ahead.”
Private Nursing Locations:
There is no designated nursing room/space, but one may use the rabbi’s office (near the sanctuary). To find it and get access, ask an usher.
The website offers no policy about breastfeeding.
“Most of our members are welcoming of young people with whatever that entails.” During synagogue programming (other than services), some mothers breastfeed in the program, others use the rabbi’s office. “It is not something that is a regular occurrence, but when it comes up, it has not been an issue.”
General Child Friendliness:
There are changing tables available in the women’s bathroom and the men’s bathrooms. People leave strollers in the lobby or the center isle. Kids’ stuff s left wherever is convenient- there is no designated space, but it is welcomed.
The attitude toward children in the main service is welcoming. The rabbi says of children in the service: “they, they toys, their noise and their parents are all welcome”.
Bottlefeeding is also accepted as “just fine” in this community.
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 Randal Mark at email@example.com or 973-696-2500
Synagogue Website: http://shomreitorahwcc.org/