Breastfeeding at: Beth Israel, Owings Mills, MD

Beth Israel in Owings Mills, Maryland, USA

Breastfeeding in the Sanctuary:

It may or may not be permitted, but “I would expect at least a nursing cover would be expected.”

Private Nursing Locations:

There is a nursing location, in the bridal room.  The sign says “Bridal Suite”.  It is on the main floor, “just steps from the Sanctuary and Social Hall”.  It is accessible, and one finds it by word of mouth.  The room contains “Futon and 2 armed chairs with plenty of pillows, a vanity large enough for changing baby, [and a] private bathroom attached. There is talk of a remodel and an addition of a sign signifying that it’s a nursing space.”

Other Information:

The website offers no policy about breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding is “accepted as a child rearing technique, but it has remained pretty much behind doors due to personal comfort level. If my wife were to nurse our son, it would be with a cover.” in this community.

This synagogue also streams Shabbat morning services on its website.

General Child Friendliness:

There are changing tables available in the women’s bathroom,the men’s bathrooms, and the nursing room/bridal suite.  There is no designated space for strollers, but the synagogue is large enough that there is plenty of space for strollers.  There is space for kids’ stuff,  but no refrigerator for pumped milk.

Children in the main service are “Generally accepted, but there is also a segregated quiet room, where there are floor to ceiling windows on one side and the services in pumped in via speakers.”

Bottle feeding is also “accepted” in this community.

Wrap-Up:

This synagogue received a rating of

  • Good, could make small improvements- 2

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

Contact Information:

Rabbi Jay R. Goldstein at Rebjay@aol.com

Synagogue Website: http://www.bethisrael-om.org/

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