Breastfeeding at: Ohev Shalom National Synagogue, Washington, DC, USA

Ohev Shalom National Synagogue, in Washington, DC, USA

Updated:New Private Nursing Location, rating, parental experiences

Breastfeeding in the Sanctuary:

It may or may not be permitted, but “I wouldn’t want to there”. “It’s not welcomed, and is likely frowned upon.”

Private Nursing Locations:
Update: “It’s a closed off area behind the sanctuary. There are several comfy chairs and benches. An email was sent out to the congregation when it was announced.” It “s much bigger and much more available than the space they used to have, but it is not exactly labelled and terribly advertised.”

(Previously: “There used to be a nursing room, but that was transformed to the Maharat’s office and now there is not a good place.”)

Other Information:

The website offers no policy about breastfeeding.

“I’ve definitely nursed my child in the hall where they serve lunch. I’ve done it with a cover, and without, but while she was in a soft carrier and little to nothing showed.”

“I think that they are working to make changes and make it a more welcoming space. As people make their needs known, they have been responding.”

General Child Friendliness:

There is a changing table available in the hall/stair area outside of the women’s bathroom.  People leave strollers in the social hall or “a back entrance to the synagogue that leads right to the area where communal kiddushes/lunches are held.”.  There is space for kids’ stuff.

The attitude toward children in the main service is described as welcoming by one parent, while another feels that children in the main service “Should be seen and not heard. They offer programming for children of various ages, and babies are welcome there as well.”.

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Wrap-Up:

This synagogue received ratings of

  • Horrid, I’ll never go back with a breastfeeding baby ever- 7
  • Good, could make small improvements- 2

out of 7, where 1 is the best rating and 7 is the worst.

Contact Information:

Rabbi Shmuel Hertzfeld at RabbiShmuel@ostns.org

Maharat Ruth Balinsky Friedman at MaharatRuth@ostns.org

Synagogue Website: http://ostt.org/

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