קהילת גוננים in Jerusalem, Israel
Nursing in the Sanctuary:
Breastfeeding is permitted in the service by unwritten policy (though hardly practiced), and is comfortable if the mother uses a cover.
Private Nursing Locations:
There used to be a private nursing location that consisted of “a couple chairs behind a mechitza” near the sanctuary. Longtime members will know where it was. It hasn’t been set up lately, but the respondent intends to write to the set-up committee to have them start putting it up again.
No information is publicized about the synagogue policy on breastfeeding.
“Most women nurse with a cover outside the sanctuary,” but “I once nursed a 2 year old at a Tu Bishvat shul event (with no cover), and a women from the shul committee came over later and said she noticed me nursing my son – kol hakavod! ”
General Child Friendliness:
There is no changing table. Strollers are parked near the sanctuary, near where the nursing location is, when it is set up. There is no place for kids’ supplies.
“Children are very much part of the shul (and there’s a separate children’s service. ”
“There are a lot of women who bottle feed [in this community], it’s considered normal. ”
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)
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