Breastfeeding at: Shaarey tikvah, Cleveland, Ohio

Shaarey tikvah in Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Nursing in the Sanctuary:

Nursing in the sanctuary is permitted.  It is well established in the communal norms of the synagogue, so you ma well see other people doing so.  It is a comfortable atmosphere for nursing both with and without a cover.

Private Nursing Locations:

There is no location for private breastfeeding.

Other Information:

No information about breastfeeding policy is available or posted in the synagogue, on the website or in the bulletin.

Nursing is welcomed in all parts of the building, and is seen as a sign of a healthy and growing community.

An illustrative anecdote about this synagogue’s policies and culture: “There was one notable example of a woman breast-feeding while reading Torah. A member of the Synagogue board discussed the matter with her and asked her to please refrain from that activity because eating on the bimah is not acceptable. It was handled very respectfully. Other than that, breast-feeding is very welcome. ”

General Child Friendliness:

Changing tables are located in both the women’s bathrooms and the men’s bathrooms.  Strollers are either parked in the coatroom or brought into the sanctuary and kept in the aisle.  There is space for children’s supplies.

Children are very welcome in the service and take part in the Torah procession, carrying stuffed Torahs.  They receive candy from the rabbi for being in synagogue.

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 David Kosak at  ravkosak@shaareytikvah.org

This synagogue is in a search process for a new rabbi at the time of this posting.  If this email address does not work, a general point of contact for the synagogue is below.

http://www.shaareytikvah.org/contact

Synagogue Website: Shaareytikvah.org

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Breastfeeding at: Congregation Neveh Shalom, Portland, OR,

Congregation Neveh Shalom in Portland, OR, USA

Breastfeeding in the sanctuary:

Breastfeeding n services is permitted, and a number of mothers nurse in the sanctuary, including the former rabbi’s wife. Mothers nurse in the Tot Shabbat as well.  Breastfeeding feels welcomed, both in the sanctuary and even more so at Tot Shabbat.

Nursing locations:

Private nursing can be done in the Bride’s room, which is labeled as such, and located in the back of the social hall in the basement (which is the second sanctuary during the high holidays).  This room is advertised as available for nursing before the High Holidays, but is sometimes locked on regular Shabbatot.  It has a large, comfortable couch, a mirror, and a vanity.  There is a bathroom attached, with a door separating it from the bride’s room.

Other Information:

There is no posted information about breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding is highly supported by the community.

General Child friendliness:

Changing tables are available in the women’s bathrooms.  There is stroller parking and space to put children’s needed supplies.

There are several services in this synagogue.  In the chapel service, some people are not welcoming of moderate child noise, and make their displeasure clear.

Wrap up:

General rating:  As a whole, this shul received a rating of: “Good, could make small improvements- 2” out of 7 rating (where 1 is the best, 7 the worst)

Other comments:

Contact Information:

Rabbi Daniel Isaak, Cantor Deborah Bletstein and Rabbi Eve Posen

info@nevehshalom.org

Synagogue office: 503.246.8831

http://www.nevehshalom.org/

 

Breastfeeding at: Havurat Shalom, Somerville, MA

Havurat Shalom in Somerville, MA

Breastfeeding in the Sanctuary:

It is permitted.  One mother reports that she was told to nurse wherever she wants.

Nursing Locations:

Nursing more privately can be accommodated in the playroom/childcare room.  It is unlabeled, on the second floor.  The second floor is not wheelchair accessible.  People will tell you where the room is.  It contains several sofas and a futon.

Other Breastfeeding Experiences:

This community is very comfortable with and welcoming to breastfeeding, and there are many breastfeeding parents in the community.

There is no information/signage visible about breastfeeding policies either in the synagogue or its website or bulletin.

General  Child Friendliness:

There are changing tables in a gender-neutral bathroom.  Strollers are generally parked on the back porch.  There is space for children’s supplies as well.  The attitude in services is very tolerant of children.

Summary:

This synagogue received a  general rating of: “Great, could barely be better- 1” out of 7, where 1 was the best rating and 7 was the worst.

Contact Information:

info@thehav.org

617-623-3376

Website: http://thehav.org/

Breastfeeding at: Rodef Shalom, Denver, Colorado

Rodef Shalom in Denver, Colorado, USA

Breastfeeding in the sanctuary:

Breastfeeding n services is permitted and receives approval from older women in the community in particular.  There is also a designated cry room/nursing room with window attached to sanctuary.

Nursing locations:

There is also a designated cry room/nursing room with window attached to sanctuary.  It has no label, although there used to be one.  You find it by word of mouth or asking around.  There are 2 rocking chairs and a sink in the room.  The room also functions as an infant preschool room so there are toys and books around.

Other Information:

There is no posted information about breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding is a very comfortable experience at this synagogue.

General Child friendliness:

Changing tables are available in the preschool classrooms.  Strollers are generally parked in the coat alcove or the hallway, but there is no particular place to put children’s needed supplies.

This synagogue is very welcoming to kids’ presence in the main service.  They have toy bags for kids to bring in. The rabbi recently spoke to the congregation about how “kid noise” is welcomed and should not be deemed disruptive or disrespectful.

Wrap up:

General rating:  As a whole, this shul received a rating of: “Good, could make small improvements- 2” out of 7 rating (where 1 is the best, 7 the worst)

Contact:

Rabbi Bernard Gerson at Rabbi@rodef-shalom.org

The synagogue website: www.rodef-shalom.org

Breastfeeding at: Congregation Shearith Israel, Manhattan, NY

Congregation Shearith Israel in Manhattan, NY, USA

Breastfeeding in the sanctuary:

Breastfeeding n services is not permitted, even with a nursing cover.  Community members will enforce this, including yelling at you if you try.  Breastfeeding is not welcomed there in general, and multiple unpleasant comments have been made, including telling a mother to take her baby into the bathroom to breastfeed.

Nursing locations:

Private nursing can sometimes be done in an office if someone has a key.  This office is next to the event space.  To access, it is best to ask the event coordinator, or if they are not around, the associate rabbi.

There is also a space with a vanity in the women’s bathroom on the second floor,  but it is a very distracting place for breastfeeding as it is just outside the bathroom door, and does not offer a lot of privacy.

Other Information:

There is no posted information about breastfeeding.

Older members will not tolerate breastfeeding. Younger members are very open to it. A nursing cover may help.

General Child friendliness:

Changing tables are available in the women’s bathrooms and the men’s bathrooms.  There is stroller parking (currently in the basement coatroom durng renovations, but previously in part of the lobby) and space to put children’s needed supplies.

Children are seen in both the women’s section and the men’s section, although more in the women’s section.  It is relatively expected that they will go to children’s programming most of the time, however.

Wrap up:

General rating:  As a whole, this shul received a rating of: “Lousy but tolerable for whatever reasons- 5” out of 7 rating (where 1 is the best, 7 the worst)

Other comments:

Contact Information:

Rabbi Meir Soloveichik at msoloveichik@shearithisrael.org

Executive Director Barbara Reiss at  breiss@shearithisrael.org

Synagogue phone: 212 873 0300

www.shearithisrael.org

Breastfeeding at: Beth Tfiloh in Baltimore, Maryland

Beth Tfiloh, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Breastfeeding in the sanctuary:

Breastfeeding n services seems to be permitted- it has been done where the rabbi could see it, at least in the chapel service.  It may or may not feel comfortable to do so- experiences have differed.

Nursing locations:

There are some choices regarding private nursing locations in this synagogue.  One rabbi offers his office as a nursing location for those who ask where to breastfeed (providing a key-code to enter).  There is also a bench in the ladies lounge that has been used for breastfeeding.  On the Yamim Nora’im (High Holy Days), a conference room s made private and designated as a nursing room for mothers and babies, and off-limits to everyone else.

Other Information:

There is no posted information about breastfeeding.

Breastfeeding was treated matter-of-factly and somewhat well accommodated.

General Child friendliness:

Changing tables are available n both women’s and men’s bathrooms.  There is stroller parking in the coatroom, but no place to put children’s needed supplies.

There are several services in this synagogue.  In the chapel service, some people are not welcoming of moderate child noise, and make their displeasure clear.

Wrap up:

General rating:  As a whole, this shul received a rating of: Okay, just workable enough- 4 out of 7 rating (where 1 is the best, 7 the worst)

Other comments:

Contact:

Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg 410 486-1900

Rabbi Chai Posner 410-413-2219

Rabbi Jonathan Gross 410-413-2213

mail@btfiloh.org

The synagogue website: http://www.bethtfiloh.com/

Breastfeeding at Darkhei Noam, Manhattan, New York

Darkhei Noam in Manhattan, New York, USA

Breastfeeding in the Sanctuary:

It is permitted and comfortable.

Nursing Locations:

There is no separate space for breastfeeding privately.

Other Breastfeeding Experiences:

This community is comfortable with breastfeeding.

There is no information/signage visible about breastfeeding policies either in the synagogue or on its website or bulletin.

General  Child Friendliness:

There are no changing tables.  Strollers are generally parked in the main hall.

Attitudes towards children in the main service are mixed.  There is children’s programming and childcare (for infants up, starting when services begin) available on Shabbat and Chagim.

Summary:

This synagogue received a  general rating of: “Great, could barely be better- 1” out of 7, where 1 was the best rating and 7 was the worst.

 

Contact information

For the leadership: info@dnoam.org

Synagogue website: http://www.dnoam.org/

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