Breastfeeding at: Beth Shalom of Potomac, Potomac, MD

Beth Shalom of Potomac, in Potomac, Maryland, USA

Breastfeeding in the Sanctuary:

It is not permitted- it doesn’t feel like an acceptable thing to do there.

Private Nursing Locations:

Private nursing can be done in the Bridal Room, which is on the main floor, near the sanctuary.  It has a sign that says “Bridal Room”.  The room is kept locked with a code lock.  Anyone with a baby can tell you where it is and what the code is to get in.  The room has both chairs and couches.

Other Information:

The website offers no policy about breastfeeding.

Outside of services, it is fine to breastfeed in this community, although it is not discussed.  The mother filling out this survey found it difficult, but because her child was distracted, not because of community behavior.

General Child Friendliness:

There are changing tables available in the women’s bathrooms.  There is stroller parking in the entrance area to one side of the main doors, and children’s stuff is stored in their strollers.

The attitude toward children in the main service is “good, very welcoming”.  (There are 4 different services on most Shabbatot here, and they could be different.  Although I was not a parent at the time, children seemed welcome and comfortable in all 4.)

Bottle feeding is fine to do in this community.

Wrap-Up:

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.

Contact Information:

Rabbi Nissan Antine at rabbiantine@bethsholom.org

Rabbi Tessler (mostly emeritus) at rebjoel@bethsholom.org

Synagogue Website: https://bethsholom.org/

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